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The Hesston Record
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Hesston, KS 67062
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This Week's Issue:February 11, 2016 February 11, 2016


Orville Kenneth Rutschman, 86

Posted 2/11/2016

Orville Kenneth Rutschman was born May 12, 1929, at Bethel Deaconess Hospital in Newtion to Harry and Emma Neufeld Rutschman. He grew up on a small farm near Hesston and went to Hesston Grade School then graduated from Hesston Academy in 1947.  He attended one year at Hesston College and one year at Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska.

As a teenager, Orville was baptized and joined teh Garden Community Church where he remained a member for the rest of his life. He sang in a men’s ensemble and a quartet with Ed Dalke, Marvin Stucky and Gene Everson.

Orville played on the Hesston City baseball team, the Hayseeds, in the 1950s.  He played mostly in left field and a teammate said he was an excellent defensive player - He never dropped the ball.

From 1951-1953, Orville was a medic in the U.S. Army in Korea. Returning home, he worked a year on a turkey farm and then five years for the Santa Fe Railroad. He returned to the Army and was a medic in Germany from 1961-1964.  In 1965, he began working for Hesston Corporation in the maintenance department where he worked until his retirement.  He also farmed the quarter section of land adjoining his family home.

In 1970, on Aug. 11, Orville married Naomi Unruh.  They celebrated 45 years of meaningful marriage in 2015.  At a marriage encounter, he wrote “What I like about us is that we have each other, so neither of us must live alone.”  They deeply respected each other and worked side-by-side harmoniously. 

Orville enjoyed wearing bib overalls. They were comfortable and allowed him to carry his pliers, pocket knife, nail clippers and hammer, which he used frequently.  Hands could be slipped under the straps and then could rest on the bib while visiting.

Orville was a great steward of the land. He enjoyed tilling the soil, planting and harvesting crops: wheat, milo, oats, alfalfa and brome.

Meticulously, he tried to keep his yard and pasture free of dandelions, weeds and brush. It was not unusual to see him in the fields, pulling weeds that were not cultivated by the machine. 

He built and maintained tight pasture fences, always rolling under a fence so not to loosen the wire and expected others to do the same. He worked patiently wiht his cows and enjoyed the barn cats, allowing only one house cat.  He liked having guineas, the chickens supplied country eggs, but he did not appreciate the chickens scratching up the yard. 

He worked many years haying with Wilber Prouty and Jim Dunn. Orville spent hours reading and read a wide variety of subjects. He deeply enjoyed a simple life - stars, planets, night skies, sunrise, sunset, changing seasons, the sound of the windmill pumping water and driving his VW Bug.  He took time to help others in a time of need.

Orville, 86, died Jan. 26, 2016 at Schowalter Villa. He was preceded in death by his parents and nephews Scott, Alan (and wife Bev) and great-nephew Cory.

Surviving family members include his wife, Naomi; siblings Marjorie Rtschman of Omaha, Nebraska, Wayne of Moundridge, Evlyn of Hesston; niece Valancy (Steve) Harlow; nephew Kent (Sherry) Jantz; great-niece Kaitlyn; great-nephews Kyle and Chris and mother family members and friends.

Orville donated his body to KU Medical Center for medical education and research. A memorial service was held at Garden Community Church on Saturday, Jan. 30

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Stanley E. ‘Stan’ Voth, 91

Posted 2/11/2016

Stanley E. “Stan” Voth, 91, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at his North Newton residence. 

He was born Aug. 14, 1924 in Kai Chow, Hopei Province, China, to his missionary parents, William C. and Mathilda (Kliewer) Voth. They both preceded him in death. 

Stan went to Mission Schools in China and graduated from Newton High School in 1942. 

From 1943-1946, he served his country in Civilian Public Service. He graduated from Bethel College and 1949, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from Northern Iowa University.

He married Elsie Epp of Henderson, Nebraska, in 1950, then taught in schools in Freeman, South Dakota, Milford and Henderson, Nebraska retiring to North Newton in 1987. 

His wife, Elsie, died in 1990, after which he married Viola Ediger of Regina, Sask, Canada in 1992. She preceded him in death on Aug. 11, 2015.

Stan is survived by a son, Timothy and his wife Carolyn (Rich) Voth of Topeka; daughter Debra Voth and her husband Ken Gaeddert of Hesston; brothers Leland Voth of Harrisonburg, Virginia; two sisters: Maurine Regehr of North Newton and Helen Bertrand also of North Newton and five grandchildren: Rachel, Michael, and Andrew Voth and Lee and Jesse Voth-Gaeddert.

He is preceded in death by two wives ;his parents; siblings Winifred and Homor and a grandson, William.

Stan was a longtime active member of Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton where he was the church archivist. 

A visitation was held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, at Menno Hall in Kidron Bethel. 

Burial took place at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Greenwood Cemetery Newton, with a memorial service following at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel College Mennonite Church with Pastor Dorothy Nickel-Friesen presiding.

Memorials are suggested to Mennonite Missions Network Overseas Missions in care of Petersen Funeral Home. 

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Evelyn Mae (Zerger) Stucky Miller, 89

Posted 2/11/2016

Evelyn Mae (Zerger) Stucky Miller died Feb. 7, 2016, at Pine Village, Moundridge. 

Evelyn was born on the farm near Moundridge, Kansas on Dec. 16, 1926, to Daniel and Marie (Wedel) Zerger. 

Family members mourning her loss include her children:  Lyle (Linda) Stucky of Osler, Sask, Canada; Larry (Cindy) Stucky of McPherson; Denise (Allen) Siemens of McPherson; Lynn (Lori) Stucky of Sanger, Texas; Donna (Max) Sharp of Little Rock, Arkansas; Danielle (Dwight) Suderman of McPherson; sixteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. 

Siblings mourning her loss include:  Eldon (Tillie) Zerger, Arlene Thiessen, Helen Krehbiel-Reed and Harold (Pearl) Zerger and families. 

A visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Moundridge Funeral Home. 

Burial will be at 9:30 a.m., Friday, at Hopefield Church Cemetery.  Memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Garden Community Church with Pastor Gary Janzen officiating. 

Memorials may be given to Garden Community Church or Pine Village, in care of Moundridge Funeral Home.

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Carol Aileen Rostetter, 75

Posted 2/11/2016

DODGE CITY - Carol Aileen Rostetter, 75, died Feb. 7, 2016, at Good Samaritan Center in Dodge City. 

She was born on Sept. 19, 1940 in Newton, the daughter of Wilbur Lewis and Wilhelmina Marie (Wiegand) Prouty.

 Carol was raised in Newton and graduated from Newton High School.  On Sept. 28, 1957, she married Robert W. Rostetter in Hesston.  He preceded her in death on March 7, 1999. 

Carol was past owner/operator of South Dodge Phillips 66, Turn-A-Round, South Gas-N-Go, Affordable Auto Sales, and Bob's Auto Service all of Dodge City.  She also worked at Montgomery Wards.

She was a member of the United Brethern Evangelico Church of Hesston, Order of Eastern Star #97, St. Bernard Lodge #222 AF&AM, and the Guardian Bethel #32 Jobs Daughters all of Dodge City. 

 Carol is survived by a daughter, Nancy J. Rostetter of Dodge City; two sons, Tim J. Rostetter and wife Vanetia and Todd R. Rostetter both of Dodge City; three sisters, Elizabeth Schierling of Wichita, Marilyn VanRossun of Moundridge, and Donna Tatro of McPherson; and five grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert; two sisters, Jean A. Friesen and Mary K. Ballard and two brothers, Ted Prouty and Robert (Bob) Prouty.

 Funeral service will be held at Swaim Funeral Home, Dodge City on Friday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Jeff Turner presiding.  Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City.  A visitation was held at Swaim Funeral Home on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 from noon to 8 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to the Carol Rostetter Grandchilren's Education Fund in care of the funeral home.  Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at



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Ruby M. Unruh, 84

Posted 2/11/2016

Ruby M. Unruh, 84, died Feb. 6, 2016, in Meade. 

She was born on March 17, 1931, at McPherson, the third of four children (Vernon, Myron, Ruby, and Dorothy) born to Peter E. and Viola (Flickner) Zerger.

She believed in the Lord Jesus Christ for her salvation.

On Aug. 7, 1956, she married James A. “Jim” Unruh, who was a teacher in the Hesston schools.  They were both members of Garden Community Church.

She worked as a cook for the Hesston Public Schools, but she received the most joy from spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Jamie and husband Mike Rempel of Meade; granddaughter Janae Rempel of Hillsboro; grandson Daniel Rempel, Corn, Oklahoma; brother Myron Zerger of Dearborn, Michigan; sister-in-law Sue (Smith) Zerger of McPherson and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jim, of 53 years, her brother, Vernon Zerger, sister-in-law Ardis (Brenneman) Zerger, sister Dorothy (Zerger) Stucky and brother-in-law Ed Stucky.

Services were held Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at Garden Community Church. 

Memorials may be given to Pine Village (Moundridge) or Lone Tree Retirement Community (Meade) in care of the Moundridge Funeral Home.

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