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The Hesston Record
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Hesston, KS 67062
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August 27, 2015August 27, 2015

Irene May Jantz, 93

Posted 8/27/2015

Irene May Jantz, 93, died at Schowalter Villa on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

Irene was born Jan. 5, 1922, to Philip and Louise (Wiebe) Schmidt on their farm in Harvey County near Walton.

After spending her early years living in California, they returned to their farm near Walton, where her mother (Louise) died when Irene was 10-years-old.

Irene entered grade school at District 57, in Highland Township, and later graduated from Walton high school.

After high school, Irene spent a time at Bethel College, after which she worked at Classen Investment and Loan, and at Hesston State Bank. She also spent some years working for the Harvey County Treasurers office, the County Superintendent, the Register of Deeds, and the County Engineer’s office.

Irene was married to Milferd Milton (Emil and Sarah) Jantz on September 23, 1951. They were blessed with one son, Kent K. Jantz, in 1953.

In October 1979, her husband Milferd was killed in a farming accident. She and her son Kent joined forces keeping the dairy operation going until it could be sold.

After Milferd’s death, Irene rejoined the work force in fall 1980, working full time at the Kansas Christian Home in Newton.

After she retired, she gave full attention to gardening, fishing, and church work at Walton Mennonite where she was a faithful member until it closed.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Louise K. and Philip Schmidt, her brother Ray Schmidt, and her husband Milferd Jantz.

 Grieving her loss are; her children Kent and Rosie (Beachey) Jantz, Walton; her Schmidt nieces and nephew and their families in Colorado; her extended Schmidt and Jantz relatives; her Villa “family;” and her wonderful “Walton Ladies” who gathered for lunch for many years.

Family and friends are invited to share in a celebration of life service on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 9:30 a.m. at the Schowalter Villa Life Center in Hesston.

Memorials may be designated for the Schowalter Villa Good Samaritan Fund in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, Hesston.

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Edgar Willis ‘Ed’Auernheimer, 95

Posted 8/27/2015

GOESSEL - Edgar Willis “Ed” Auernheimer, 95, of Goessel, collasped and died outside his home on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015.

He was born Nov. 13, 1919, at his parent’s home on RFD #3, Burrton. He was the son of Albert Christian Auernheimer and Mary Magdalena Ewert. 

He attended Pleasant Plains District 65 Country School, which was located just across the section from their home, so he and his brothers and sisters walked across their pasture to go to school. He attended two years of high school in Halstead before the family moved to Butler County Kansas, where he graduated from Augusta High School in 1938.

Edgar married his high school sweetheart, Helen Maxine Taylor, on June 8, 194,1 in Augusta.

Ed joined the Navy during WWII and served on the USS Pinkney. Helen lived in Alameda while he was aboard ship and after his honorable discharge they moved to Inglewood California where their first child was born.

In summer of 1947, the family moved back to Kansas as Ed had to get back to farming. In 1959, they purchased the Towanda Laundry Mat and managed it for four years before the next move to McPherson and a year later to Goessel.

At this time Ed was working at Hesston Corporation (now AGCO) as a welder. The next move was to Hesston in January 1970. Ed retired from Hesston Corporation (now AGCO) in June 1985. In 1989, they sold their home and became full time RV'ers for 14 years before settling into an apartment in Goessel, where Ed resided until his death.

Ed was also a charter member of Grace Fellowship church in Wichita.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, all of his siblings, two daughters and two grandchildren. 

He is survived by two sons; Lynn Auernheimer [Maxine] of Canton, Anthony  'Tony' Auernheimer (Audrey) of Watts, Oklahoma, a daughter, Carol Gibbens of Newton, 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will take place at the Miller-Ott Funeral Home in Hesston, 107 S. Lancaster Ave. from 10-10:45 a.m. Aug. 22, followed by graveside services at Hesston Cemetery,at 11 am.

A Memorial has been established with Grace Fellowship Church in Wichita in care of the funeral home. 

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