Deaths (April 3, 2013)

? Edward R. Butler, 76,

a retired college professor, of McPherson, died Sunday, March 24, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

A memorial service was April 1 at McPherson Church of the Brethren, 200 N. Carrie, McPherson, with pastors Chris Whitacre and Kathryn Whitacre officiating. Burial will be at McPherson Cemetery.

He was born on Sept. 16, 1936, to David L. and Zelma I (Pierce) Butler in Eldora, Iowa. On Jan. 24, 1958, he was married to Judith E. Brammell, who survives.

Other survivors include son Jeff and Angela Butler of McPherson; daughters Linda Brittingham of Dowagiac, Mich., and Nancy and Forrest Moyer of McPherson; sister Eileen Butler of Hillsboro; brother Donald and Velva Butler of Grundy Center, Iowa, and eight grandchildren.

Memorial may be made to the Edward and Judith Butler Student Leadership Scholarship at McPherson College or the McPherson Church of the Brethren and sent in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.

Personal condolences may be sent to the family at


? Leland D. Harder, 86,

a retired minister and seminary professor, died March 21 at the Kidron-Bethel Retirement Center in North Newton.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Bethel College Mennonite Church, 2600 College Ave., North Newton, preceded by a private burial at the Gnadenau Mennonite Cemetery, south of Hillsboro.

He was born July 1, 1926, to Menno S. and Katherine Wiens Harder at Hillsboro. On Aug. 8, 1951, he was married to Bertha Fast, who predeceased him.

Survivors include sons John of Windsor, Ontario, and Tom of Wichita; daughter-in-law Lois (Nofsinger), sister Joan Kaufman of Winfield and five grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Bethel College Mennonite Church Foundation and sent in care of Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.

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All arrangements were through Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton.



a cattlemen and farmer, formerly of Hillsboro, died March 23.

The funeral was Wednesday, March 27, at Walnut Hill Mennonite Church, 6840 Highway 97, McDavid, Fla., with pastors Wilbert Peters, Mike Koehn and Carlos Koehn officiating. Burial was at Walnut Hill Memorial Gardens.

He was born June 22, 1915, to Frank and Agnes Hoeppner Hiebert in Hillsboro. On Oct. 8, 1944, he was married to Leah Friesen, who predeceased him.

Survivors include sons Lee and Cindy and Chris and Denise, all of Atmore, Ala., and Henry and Polly, Molino, Fla.; sisters, Edna Eck of Copeland and Frieda Litwiller of Montezuma; brother-in-laws Jonah and Dianna Nickel of Greenville, N.C., Robert and Betty Martens of Inman and Herb and Nora Friesen of Aberdeen, Miss.; sister-in-laws Bernettie and Abe Loewen of Emelle, Ala., Clara Koehn, Livingston, Calif., Mabel and Jim Cryon, Reno, Nev.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five great-great- grandchildren and a many nephews, nieces and friends.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, 1322 S. Main St., Atmore, Ala., was in charge of arrangements.



















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