Deaths (Week of July 25, 2007)


Leonard Friesen

Leonard K. Friesen, 80, businessman, died July 23 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 27, at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, with pastor Roy Keller officiating.

Burial will be at 10 a.m., prior to the service, in Guadenau Cemetery.

The family will receive guests from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at Jost Funeral Home.

He was born Oct. 8, 1926, to Harry and Helen (Klassen) Friesen in Garden City. On April 10, 1949, he was married to Merlie A. Ratzlaff, who survives.

He is also survived by a son, Lyle Friesen of Phoenix, Ariz.; two daughters, Lynette and David Derstine of Perkasie, Pa., and Darla and Max Flickinger of McPherson; two brothers, Elmer Friesen of Hillsboro and Herman Friesen of Branson, Mo.; a sister, Gladys Buller of Hillsboro; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Condolences may be sent to the family via jost@jostfuneralhome.com.

Ruth Jacobson

Ruth Marjorie Jacobson, 87, missionary, died July 15 at Schowalter Villa in Hesston.

The service was held July 16 at Schowalter Villa Chapel with chaplains Nancy Walker and Beverly Baumgartner officiating. Another memorial service and burial will be in New York.

She was born Feb. 19, 1920, to Harry and Anna (Graham) Butts in East Orange, N.J. On Dec. 6, 1945, she was married to James Jacobson, who predeceased her in October 1981.

Survivors include four daughters, Lillian and Mark Claassen, Phyllis and Francis Mithen, Charlotte and Douglas Giebel, and Nancy and Richard Immitt; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Serving In Mission and Schowalter Villa Good Samaritan Fund.

Elma Lais 

Elma Lais, 89,retired house and office cleaner, died July 23 at Newton Medical Center.

The service will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lincolnville, with pastor Alan Stahlecker officiating. Burial will be in Lincolnville Cemetery.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion at 205 Elm. The family will be present from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

She was born June 6, 1918, to George and Katherine Wunder Heintz at Wilson. On Jan. 25, 1941, she was married to Theodore “Ted” Lais, who predeceased her in 1973.

She is survived by two daughters, Rita Farr of Emporia and Ruth Kaiser of Lincolnville; five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with St. John’s Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Hour.

Fred H. Yoder 

Fred H. Yoder, 84, died July 17 at Legacy Park in Peabody.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody with pastor Jim Puhlman officiating.

He was born Oct. 27, 1922, to Perry and Mabel (King) Yoder in Peabody. On May 22, 1948, he was married to Colleen Regier.

Survivors include his wife, Colleen Yoder of Peabody; a son, Glenn and Koni Yoder of Peabody; two daughters, Tammy Yoder ad Butch Suffield of Peabody; and Teresa Maples of Valley Center; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials have been established with Caring Hands Humane Society of Newton, in care of Petersen Funeral Home.


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