NEWTON—John Eldon Wiebe, 99, died Sunday, July 24, 2022, at the Bethesda Home in Goessel.
He was born on May 16, 1923, in Newton, the son of John P. and Otillie Becker Wiebe. John was a lifelong resident of Newton, graduating from Newton High School in 1941.
After high school, John went to work at Boeing Aircraft in Wichita. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II, 1943-1946. Returning to Newton, John went to work for Cessna Aircraft and later Lear Jet as a planner, retiring in 1984.
He married Janett M. Duerksen on May 25, 1974. He was a longtime member of First Mennonite Church in Newton.
John was an avid collector of toy trains and was a very active member of the Wheat, Heritage, Engine and Thrashing Club. Through the years, he was also a member of the American Legion, Santa Fe Trail Assoc., and the Cottonwood Crossing Chapter of Santa Fe Trail Association. He enjoyed going to auctions, flea markets and swap meets.
He is survived by his wife Janett of the home in Newton, several nieces and nephews, along with his in-laws Dorothy Duerksen Sebes and husband Dennis Sebes of Hanston, and Luetta Duerksen of Wichita.
John was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Ericka Stucky, Elyse Allison, Dallas Wiebe, Esther Norton, twins Doris Dunlavy and Delores May Thomas, and Ronald Wiebe.
Graveside and interment services was at 3 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.
The casket remained closed.
Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.