Deaths (Jan. 14, 2009)


Norman Abrahams


Norman E. Abrahams, 85, optometrist from North Newton, died Jan. 8 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

A public memorial service is planned at Bethel College Mennonite Church on a date to be announced later. Visitation with family was 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at Miller Funeral Home in Goessel.

He was born Jan. 16, 1923, to Cornelius and Anna (Dalke) Abrahams at Goessel. On Sept. 26, 1944, he was married to Ethel Grace Ewert, who survives.

He also is survived by three children, Nan and Doug Graber of Monument, Colo., Dwayne and Ruth (Regier) Abrahams of Newton, and Nadine Abrahams and husband Norman Epp of Denver, Colo; two brothers, Ray and Chuck, both of Hillsboro; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial has been established for Sand Creek Trail; contributions may be sent in care of Miller Funeral Home.


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Wayne Ewert, 52, a geophysicist, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, at St. Vincent?s Hospital in Billings, Mont.

The service was 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at Hope United Methodist Church, Billings. Visitation was 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at Michelotti- Sawyers Mortuary, Billings.

He was born Nov. 19, 1946, to Doris and Harold Ewert in Marion. On Sept. 1, 1967, he was married to Linda McElwain, who survives.

He is also survived by his mother, of Marion; mother-in-law Charlotte of Hutchinson; children Shane and wife Robbyn, Shannon and husband Dirk; brothers Max and wife Gerri of Gunnison, Colo., Gene and wife Kathy of Neodesha and Gary and wife Elaine of Marion; sister Donna and husband Jerome Hajek of Marion; sister-in-law Toni and husband Richard of Hutchinson; brother-in-law Chuck and wife Dina of Alturas, Calif.; four grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials can be made in his name to Hope United Methodist for either the Hope Chancel Choir, Children?s Playground Fund or Montana Geological Society and sent to the funeral home at 1001 Alderson Ave., Billings, MT 59102.


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Marcella Marie Klaassen, 93, a registered nurse, died Wednes?day, Jan. 7, at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at First Mennonite Church, 102 S. Ash, Hillsboro, with pastor Randy Smith officiating.

is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at First Mennonite Church Chapel.

She was born Oct. 3, 1915, to Isaac J. and Helen (Schroeder) Dick at Mountain Lake, Minn. On Dec. 27, 1940, she was married to Nick A. Klaas?sen, who predeceased her in 1990.

She is survived by sons Joel and Nancy Klaassen of Hillsboro and Mark Klaassen of Tulsa, Okla.; daughters Janet and Orvin Voth of Newton, and Elaine Klaassen and Mike Iacono of Minneapolis, Minn.; sister Milly Stucky of North Newton; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been established for First Mennonite Church, Mennonite Central Committee and Bethel College.

Condolences may be sent to the family via


Lois Mae Miller



Lois Mae Miller, 83, co-owner of Miller Produce in Florence, died Jan 9 at the Newton Medical Center.

The service will be at Florence Christian Church, 1126, U.S. Highway 50, with pastor Peter Banning officiating.

Visitation was Monday, Jan. 12, at Zeiner Funeral Home in Florence. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Florence.

She was born Dec. 1, 1925, to Isaac and Maggie (Plank) Yoder in Cass County, Mo. On March 9, 1947, she was married to Dale Miller, who survives her.

Other survivors are children Robert and Lynnetta Miller of Dewey, Okla., Lynne Depler of Topeka, Tony and Pat Miller of Oklahoma City, Okla., Sonya Schambron and Peggy Waniska of Topeka and Tina Miller of Wichita; a brother Will Yoder of Lincoln, Neb.; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been established for Florence Christian Church.


Melvin Nightengale


Melvin K. Nightengale, 68, a self-employed painter from Burns, died Jan.6 at his residence.

The service was at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at Zeiner Funeral Home, Florence. Burial was in Burns Cemetery.

He was born April 8, 1940, to Sam and Della (Luginbill) Nightengale.

He is survived by a son, Jeff and Joan Nightengale of Goessel; siblings Don of Florence, Marvin of Burns and Barbara Moore of Wichita; and three grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been established for the Burns Historical Museum in care of the funeral home.


Ryder Owen Reece


Ryder Owen Reece, infant son of Casey and Hollie Reece, died Wednesday, Dec. 31.

A private service was at Wesley Memorial Chapel at Wesley Medical Center.

He is survived by his parents; grandparents Charlie and Cindy Reece and Shelli Dechant; aunts, Hilarey and Travis Friesen and Hope Dechant; uncles Chip and Amy Reece, and Chance Reese; great-grandparents Frances Norris, Marvin and Clara Dechant, Gary and Shirley Carlson, Ed and LaQuetta Siebert.


David D. Unruh


David D. Unruh, 39, Hillsboro, a mechanic for Cooperative Grain & Supply, died Jan. 8 at Hillsboro Community Medical Center.

The service was at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at Trinity Mennonite Church, Hillsboro, with pastor Jeff Wintermote officiating. Burial preceded the service at 10 a.m. at Haven of Rest Cemetery, rural Hillsboro.

Visitation was Sunday at Jost Funeral Home.

He was born Dec. 6, 1969, to Robert L. and Edith (Funk) Unruh at Hillsboro. He is survived by his mother, of Hills?boro; a daughter, Savannah Leigh, Hillsboro; a brother, Tim and wife Alissa, Hillsboro; and a sister, Nancy and husband Corey Miller, Goessel.

A memorial fund has been established for the Savannah Unruh College Fund in care of Trinity Mennonite Church.

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