OBITUARY: John LeRoy Schrag

John LeRoy.Schrag, 87, passed away on March 4, 2023. John was born on July 7, 1935, near Moundridge, the son of Martin C. and Elsie (Stucky) Schrag.

John married Hulda Voth on Oct. 26, 1954, at Tabor Mennonite Church. They started married life together in Denver, where John completed his 1W service as a baker’s assistant at Denver General Hospital.

John worked in the manufacturing field his whole career with stints at the Hesston Corp, DMI, and the Bradbury Company, among others. Some of his titles included draftsman, experimental engineer, plant superintendent, and production supervisor. John passed his mechanical aptitude on to his children, and lots of time was spent together working on projects in the garage and workshop.

John loved his family, and he loved giving back to the community. There are many fond memories of him mowing the alfalfa field and hosting weekly softball games for community youth.

In retirement, he used his creativity writing poetry to keep his mind sharp. His goal was to do one six-line poem each day that he shared with his friends and family.

John’s faith was important to him, and he lived it 24/7.

Those remaining to celebrate his life include his children, Connie, Oris (Kathy), James (MaryBeth), and Steve (Marsha); and grandchildren, Allison (Ky), Liz (Matt), Nik, Amy, Kelli, and Adam. John is also survived by his sister, Twila (Rick) Norris.

His wife, parents, and sisters, Helen Wehry and Carol Penner, preceded John in death.

A Celebration of Life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Faith Mennonite Church, 2100 N. Anderson Ave, Newton.

Memorial gifts may be made to Kidron Bethel, in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, P.O. Box 32, Hesston, KS., 67062.


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