Memorials 8-13

Howard Snider

Howard M. Snider, 92, emeritus professor of sociology at Bethel College, died Aug. 2 at his home in

North Newton.

obit Snider-Map-PicSnider was recruited by Al Meyer to join the Bethel faculty in August 1966. He ?retired? in 1992 but

continued to teach courses at Bethel and other ACCK schools until 2000. Social geography and

sociology of religion were special interests.

In the 1970s, he initiated interterm seminars that introduced rural students to city life in Denver, Kansas

City and Chicago. In a reverse of this experience, he also placed city students with local farm families.

In the 1970s and 80s, Snider spent sabbaticals in Central America, studying transplanted Mennonites.

A memorial service will be at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Bethel College Mennonite Church. Visitation is

from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the Kidron Bethel Community Room in North Newton.

Howard is survived by his wife Marie; daughter Vada Snider of North Newton; son Conrad Snider of

Newton; brother and sister-in-law James and Roberta Gingerich of Moundridge; sister-in-law Agnes

Snider of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada; and nieces and nephews: Janet Bowman, Edith Shantz, Dorothy

Peterson and Ruth Deyarmond of Ontario, Canada; Lynette Allen, Kara Revel and Darwin Gingerich

from Kansas; Brian Snider from British Columbia, Canada; and other nieces and nephews from Alberta

and Saskatchewan; four-leggeds Amber and George; and many close friends.

The family suggests memorial gifts to the Howard Snider Social Sciences Scholarship Fund at Bethel

College or Bethel College Mennonite Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home, 215 N. Main St.

William ‘Fawn’ Manring

William ?Fawn? Manring 80, died Aug. 4, at his Newton residence.

He was born Dec. 30, 1934, in Newton, Kansas to William A. and Laura K. (Stewart) Manring.

obit Manring-PicOn Aug. 14, 1953, he married Edwarda Leffingwell, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 5, 2013.

Fawn served his country in the U.S. Army as chaplain?s assistant and was honorably discharged in

1959. He worked for 43 years at the Kansas Gas Service Co. He held many jobs at the Kansas Gas

Service Co. including management positions. His favorite job was that of trainer.

He is survived by his children, Tim and Kim Manring, and Malissa Ann Bolte, all of Newton; five

grandchildren, Steven, Chris and Brad Bolte, and Ericka and Jerik Manring; and one great-grandson,

William Connor Bolte, who was named after him.

Funeral service was at 10 a.m. Monday at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel in Newton with Pastor Tom

Snyder presiding. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.


Memorials are suggested to Gentiva Hospice or Newton High School Class of ?52 Endowment Fund in

care of Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

Susan Claassen

obit Claassen-PicSusan Louise Claassen, 57, passed away Aug. 4 at Schowalter Villa in Hesston.

Susan had lived with multiple sclerosis from early adulthood and ultimately died from complications of

the disease. Susan graduated from Newton High School in 1976, earned a degree in personnel

management from Kansas University in 1980 and was a graduate of the Hesston School of Nursing in


Susan?s professional work life was short-lived because of her MS, but she continued to act as a

volunteer in the Newton community and was recognized for her work as a?crisis hotline counselor for

United Methodist Youthville.

A scholarship fund in her name was established at the Hesston School of Nursing. Also a child-care

center was established by her family, in her honor, at Schowalter Villa.

Susan was born on May 24, 1958, in Newton.

Survivors include sister Patty Purvis of Wichita; brothers William Claassen of Columbia, Missouri, and

Robert Claassen of Kansas City, Missouri; nephew, Mark Purvis of Seattle; niece Lander Cooney of

Bozeman, Montana; great-nephews Jack and Tucker Purvis of Seattle, Washington; and great-niece

Juniper Cooney of Bozeman, Montana.

There will be a graveside service in Newton with the date to be announced.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hesston School of Nursing. Condolences may be left at

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