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The Hesston Record
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Hesston, KS 67062
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September 24, 2015September 24, 2015

Wilmer A. Harms, 93

Posted 9/24/2015

NEWTON - Wilmer A. Harms, 93, passed away on Sept. 17, 2015, at Kidron Bethel Village, North Newton.  Wilmer was born on July 2, 1922, the son of William and Anna (Thiessen) Harms.

He graduated from Goessel High School and during World War II served in the Civilian Public Service. 

On Oct. 21,1946, he married Esther Ediger, his wife of 64 years, and they had two sons, Willard and Kevin.  Wilmer attended Tabor College and graduated from Kansas University and the KU School of Medicine.  After practicing as a family physician in Hesston, for 11 years, he obtained his specialty in ophthalmology and practiced at the Hertzler Clinic in

Halstead until his retirement in 1992. 

Wilmer is survived by his sons, Will (Mary) and Kevin (Becky); six grandchildren, Stacey, Charles, MacKenzie, Blake, Craig, and Anne Harms; brother, Verdon; and sister, Elfreda Thomas. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther; his parents; brothers, Marvin and Richard and sister, Phebe Just. 

Visitation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Koerner Heights MB Church, Newton.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, also at the church. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies or Kidron Bethel Village.  Miller-Ott Funeral Home, Hesston, is in charge of arrangements.

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Thelma (La Veta) Meier, 95

Posted 9/24/2015

Thelma (La Veta) Meier passed away on Sept. 20, 2015, at the age of 95.

La Veta was born in Stafford on March 11, 1920 and moved to Newton in 1939 where she spent most of her life. She died in Hesston while in hospice care.  Her parents were Monroe and Olive Turnbull.

She is survived by her beloved spouse Dale Meier.  They were married in 2000.

She is survived by four sons; Doug from Denver, Lou from Denver, David from Seattle and Bob from Tulsa.  She also is survived by five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.  From her marriage to Dale she is also survived by nine stepchildren, 25 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.

One brother and four sisters preceded her in death.

She was widely known in the Newton area as the manager of the Leonidas Restaurant during the 1960s and 1970s.

At age 60 she attended Christ for the Nations in Dallas, learned to speak Hebrew, and went on to Jerusalem Israel where for several years she performed volunteer work for disabled children. 

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Schowalter Villa Chapel with The Rev. Dr. George Mitchell presiding.  Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday evening at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Newton.

Memorials are suggested to Schowalter Villa or St. Luke Evangelical Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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