Your browser version is outdated. We recommend that you update your browser to the latest version.

The Hesston Record
347 B Old Hwy 81
Hesston, KS 67062
(620) 327-4831

This Week's Issue:

Hesston Record 11.13

Hesston Record 11.13

Patricia (Pat) Mae Christena

Posted 11/14/2014

Patricia (Pat) Mae Christena passed away Nov. 3, 2014 in Hesston. 

She was widowed to John Earl Jones, a World War II veteran, in 1943 – birth father to John M. Christena. 

She was a beloved wife for 55 years to Dr. Ray C. Christena, who preceded her in death in 2002.  

She has two surviving sisters, Betty McCracken, Cherokee Village, Ark. And Jane Couch, Billings, Mont.  She leaves five children, John (Marianne) Christena of Flint, Mish.; Julia (Don) McFall of Centennial, Col., James R. (Becky) Christena of Wichita  Anna (Rick) Wenatchee, Wash and Mary (Ray) Paulsen of Hesston. 

In addition she leaves many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  

She was a devoted mother who encouraged her children to practice self-reliance and perseverance. 

She was born in 1924 in Sullivan, Ind., to Naomi and Jesse E. Bedwell. She received a degree in English and botany from Indiana University. She brought beauty into this world by growing large blooming gardens of irises, daylilies and peonies as well as many indoor tropical plants. 

A memorial service will be held at Schowalter Villa chapel on Nov. 15 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Schowalter Villa. 

Read the rest of this entry »

Jill A. Thiessen, 64

Posted 11/14/2014

Jill A. Thiessen, 64, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita.  

She was born June 25, 1950, in McPherson to Ralph and Glennis Lee (Haydon) Howard.  

She was united in marriage on May 31, 1970, to Edwin Thiessen in Inman.

 Jill was a graduate of Sidneys Hairdressing School in Hutchinson and Hesston College where she received her Associate of Arts in Nursing degree. 

Jill worked as a hairdresser, a homemaker and registered nurse at Schowalter Villa for many years.  Jill was also a member of the Hesston United Methodist Church.

Left to cherish Jill's memory is her mother; Glennis Lee of Inman, husband; Ed of the home; daughters; Jennifer (Scott) Motes of Halstead and Melissa (Steve) Kuder of Concordia, brother; Terry (Linda) Howard of Nixa, Mo., and six grandchildren. 

She is preceded in death by her father; Ralph, and daughter; Stephanie Thiessen.

A Memorial Service was held, Nov. 11, at Hesston United Methodist Church with Pastor Brad Penner and Pastor Keith Schadel officiating.  

A private family burial in planned.  There will be no visitation.  

Memorials are suggested to Hesston United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, 107 S. Lancaster P.O. Box 32, Hesston, KS 67062.  Condolences may be left for the family

Read the rest of this entry »

Dean E. Hershberger 55

Posted 11/14/2014

Dean E. Hershberger 55, died Thursday Nov. 7, 2014, during his honeymoon trip to Arizona with his new bride.  

He was born April 19, 1959, in Newton, to Vilas and Helen (Janzen) Hershberger.  

On Nov. 1, 2014, he married Lisa Clark at Central Community Church in Wichita and she survives of the home.  

Dean attended Central Community Church in Wichita and was looking forward to singing in the church choir for their Christmas special.  Dean also attended Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church and Kingdom Life Ministries in Hesston.  

He was a truck driver for Wal-Mart. Dean was devoted to the Lord and enjoyed sharing Jesus’ message with fellow truck drivers and others. He enjoyed fishing, golf and being outside. He especially enjoyed spending time on his motorcycle.  He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed attending games.   Dean’s greatest joy was his family and new wife. He greatly enjoyed encouraging his children and family.  He was known for his even temperament and was a joy to be around.

Dean is survived by his wife Lisa Hershberger of Wichita, KS; sons: Austin Hershberger of Lawrence and Travis Hershberger of Hutchinson; daughters Amanda Hershberger of Kansas City, KS, Jessica Hershberger of Wichita and Jayme Clark of Wichita; Brothers Dennis Hershberger of Yoder and Dwight Hershberger of Franklin, TN; sisters Jane Litwiller of Newton and Joan Wiggers of Colorado Springs, CO.

He was preceded in death by his parents

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, at Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church with Pastor Brad Burkholder presiding.  

A visitation was held 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday evening at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Burial will be in the Eastlawn Cemetery, Zimmerdale.

Memorials are suggested to Christian Truckers Association in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

Read the rest of this entry »