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June 22, 2017 The Hesston RecordJune 22, 2017 The Hesston Record

James ‘Jim’ L. Friesen, 69

Posted 6/22/2017

James "Jim" L. Friesen, 69, passed away peacefully June 12, 2017, in Newton, with his family by his side. 

He was born June 27, 1947, in Meade, the only child of John K. and Helena E. Wall Friesen. 

He married Mary Burkett from Hesston on Feb. 21, 1970. 

He studied mortuary science and owned a funeral home before having children.  After starting a family, he began working in carpentry and home improvement.  He was a great woodworker, painter, and artist.  Jim touched many people throughout his life with his tremendous sense of humor and beaming smile.  Jim and Mary enjoyed meandering through antique stores and estate sales. 

He was a life-long fan of Kansas sports teams, and one of his fondest memories as a youth was seeing Wilt Chamberlain play at KU.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years.  Other survivors include sons Christopher and his wife Emily Derstine Friesen, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Carman Friesen, of Hesston; daughter, Kari Friesen, of Wichita; and foster children, Craig Braswell, Jr., and Kindra Peterson.

 He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Obadiah James Friesen.

Funeral services were held on Saturday at Hopefield Church in Moundridge. 

Jim was buried at West Liberty Cemetery near Inman. 

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the American Diabetes Association, in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, Hesston.   

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Nettie Belle Graham, 83

Posted 6/22/2017

Nettie Belle Graham, 83, died on June 12, 2017, at Newton Medical Center. 

Nettie was born on May 21, 1934, to Guy and Madeline (Abplanalp) Parsons in rural Burns.

Nettie married Duane Allen Graham on June 12, 1955, in Burns.  They were married for 62 years prior to her death.

Nettie was a retired dental assistant and had many other interests.  She was an accomplished quilter, enjoying many hours with The Cut Ups.  She was also an avid bridge player, flower gardener, bird lover, and a fantastic cook. She and Duane traveled extensively, they frequently visited the Flint Hills and most Southwest states, traveled to England, Alaska and recently Hawaii. 

She was active in the First Presbyterian Church, currently serving as a deacon.  Nettie also served her community with PEO and Hesston Women’s Civic Club.

She was a wonderful mother and wife and instilled a strong sense of family history with her daughters. She had a strong “pioneer spirit” and taught her children how to be good mothers and spouses by example. She deeply loved her children and grandchildren, making quilts for all of her grandchildren when they graduated from high school.

She is survived by her husband: Duane Graham; four daughters: Rebecca Troyer and spouse Dean, Emily Sims and spouse Mark, Sarah Bauer and spouse Kris, and Katie Gaeddert.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Madeline Parsons; sisters Ruth Wright and her spouse, Cecil; Mary Long; Marjorie Gfeller and spouse Don; brother Guy Parsons and infant daughter Natalie.

A memorial service was held at the First Presbyterian Church June 16.  The family hosted a reception at the church following the service.  A graveside committal was held later that afternoon at Pleasant Center Cemetery, Rural Burns.  A visitation was held at Petersen Funeral Home June 15.

A memorial has been set up for the CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates, Harvey County Court House, P.O. Box 687, Newton, Kansas 67114.

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LeRoy James Reimer, 86

Posted 6/22/2017

LeRoy James Reimer, 86, died Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Hesston. 

He was born Aug. 29, 1930, in Goessel.  He graduated from Goessel High School.  LeRoy served in 1W service at Topeka State Mental Hospital. 

He married Janice Molzen of Arkansas City in January, 1955.

This marriage was blessed with four boys; Tim, Tom, James and John. 

The majority of LeRoy’s career was spent in plumbing, heating and air conditioning.  He owned Reimer Plumbing and Heating for 20 plus years, retiring in the early 1990s. 

After retirement LeRoy enjoyed woodworking and built many beautiful things for his family and friends.  In his later years, LeRoy enjoyed following his grandkids’ activities, traveling with Janice and going to coffee with friends.

He is survived by his wife Janice of the home; son Tim and wife Annie of Hesston, son Tom and wife Gretchen of Hesston, son James and wife Piper of Prairie Village and son John and wife Cindy of Hesston.  LeRoy and Janice have 8 grandchildren.  He is also survived by one sister, Helen Dyck of West Plains, Missouri.  

Visitation with family will be Friday, June 23, from 6-8pm at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains. 

A private family graveside service will precede the visitation.  The celebration service will be Saturday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m. at Kingdom Life Ministries. 

Memorials are suggested for Haiti Lifeline Ministries in care of Peterson Funeral Home or Kingdom Life Ministries.

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Verda E. Wedel, 78

Posted 6/22/2017

GOESSEL - Verda E. Wedel, 78, of Goessel, died Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. 

She was born October 12, 1938, at Bethesda Hospital in Goessel to Kurt and Marie (Schmidt) Wiens.  Verda attended Goessel schools, graduating from Goessel High School. 

She married Henry Harold Wedel in 1958, prior to two years of 1-W service in Denver, Colorado, where they started their family together.

Verda was baptized as a child and has been a member of Goessel Mennonite Church for 64 years.  She started teaching Sunday School as a high schooler and continued teaching into her mid 70s.  Her love for children was evidenced by her career at Goessel Elementary School, serving as a teacher’s aide for more than 30 years.

She raised her family on an 80 acre farm outside of Goessel.  She deeply enjoyed gardening, 4-H leadership and helping with the farm as well as cooking/baking, camping with friends and vacation trips. 

Verda is survived by her husband and four sons Ron (Becky), Tim (Katie), Bob (Kelli Willis) and Daryl (Jacque) of the area; one brother, Stan (Becky) Wiens of Hesston and two sisters, Norma (Melvin) Hiebert of Goessel, and Leanna (Tom) Laswell of Newton.  She deeply enjoyed her 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.   

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral Services were held at Goessel Mennonite Church on June 19. Burial followed in Goessel Mennonite Church Cemetery.   A visitation was held at Miller Ott Funeral Home in Goessel.

Memorials may be made to Goessel Mennonite Church and Bethesda Home in care of the Funeral Home.

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