Deaths (Week of Dec. 5, 2007)


Marvin Groening, 82

Marvin Groening, 82, printer and production manager at Hillsboro M.B. Publishing House, died Dec. 1 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

The funeral has been rescheduled from Dec. 7 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. The burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Hillsboro Mennonite Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 24, 1925, to Frank and Agnes Cornelson Groening in Herbert, Saskatchewan, Canada. On Aug. 8, 1946, he was married to Elsie Ewert, who survives in Hillsboro.

He is also survived by two sons, Loren Groening of Hays, and Joel and Cindy Groening of Nasuli, Philippines; two daughters, Marilyn and Ron Hiebert of Hillsboro, and Karleen and Jerry Warkentin of McAllen, Texas; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been established with Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Condolences may be sent to the family via jost@jostfuneralhome.com.

Jack Helmer, 79

 Jack Helmer, 79, U.S. Navy veteran, died Dec. 1 in Wichita.

The funeral was held Dec. 3 at Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion. He was buried at Marion Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 31, 1927, to Jacob and Hanna (Eberhardt) Helmer in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. On March 13, 1952, he was married to Sylvia Winter, who survives.

He is also survived by a daughter, Shirley Ann and Gordon Groening of Marion; a son, Kendall Jay and Melinda Helmer of Wichita; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been established with Eastmoor United Methodist Church.

Marvin Funk, 83

Marvin Funk, 83, former Hillsboro resident from Ottawa, owner of DelVal Dairy Supply in Ottawa and of Funk Sales and Service Furniture Store in Ottawa, died Nov. 29 at his home.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Agape Christian Center in Ottawa. Burial will follow at Clinton Cemetery near Clinton.

He was born Feb. 16, 1924, to Addt and Anna (Enns) Funk in Wolf Point, Mont. On Sept. 6, 1948, he was married to Esther Ruth Richert, who survives in Ottawa.

He is also survived by three sons, Bruce and Shirley Funk of Richmond, Texas, Troy Funk of Gardner, and Farren Knapp of Ottawa; four daughters, Patricia and Carlos Zamora of Ottawa, Bonnie and Rick Bulmer of Ottawa, Robin and Allen Johnson of Lawrence, and Ginger Pacheco and fiance Dave Kruger of Lawrence; three brothers, Lavern and Joyce Funk of Hillsboro, Arlie Funk of Newton, and Loyal and Nancy Funk of California; three sisters, Alice Funk of Omaha, Neb., Grace and Orville Weber of Wichita, and Viola and Johnny Schultz of Buhler; 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Memorial funds have been established with Midland Hospice and Franklin County Cancer Foundation in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, 325 S. Hickory, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067.

Richard Reimer, 82

Richard “Rich” A. Reimer, 82, farmer and Dekalb Seed dealer, died Nov. 28 at Memorial Home in Moundridge.

The funeral was Dec. 3 at Goessel Mennonite Church. He was buried at Goessel Mennonite Cemetery.

He was born March 18, 1925, to Henry J. and Susie (Loewen) Reimer in Goessel. On Sept. 9, 1951, he was married to Evelyn Barton, who survives in rural Canton.

He is also survived by a son, James “Jim” Reimer of rural Canton; a daughter, Nancy and William Bauman of Moumelle, Ark.; a brother, Wilbert and Ruth Reimer of Apache Junction, Ariz.; a sister, Elsie and Orville Unruh of Goessel; and four grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been established with Goessel Mennonite Church in care of Miller Funeral Home of Canton.


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