OBITUARY: Miller Francis Stayrook

Miller Francis Stayrook, 90, of Hesston went to serve his Lord on Jan. 21, 2020. He was born the third of 11 children on June 22, 1929, to Morton and Ruth (Miller) Stayrook in Davidsville, Pa.  

He is survived by his wife, Vernabelle; his daughters, Carol Sue Stayrook-Hobbs and John Hobbs of Newton; Joyce (JP) and Mark Pankratz of Kechi; and his son, Steve and Cynthia (Cyd) Stayrook of East Petersburg, Pa.; as well as his sisters, Eunice Hersberger, Patricia Calloway and Maretta (Tom) Hammitte; step-children Amy Wiens and Eric Wiens; eight grandchildren – Elizabeth, Sara, Nathan, Daniel, John Wesley, Anachie, Ian, Eddy;  five great-grandchildren and special family friends Darla and Jason Mavis (children Brayden and Mallory). He was preceded in death by his first wife Carol (Hooper) Stayrook; son Ricky Allen; his parents; six brothers, Harold, Morton Jr, Carmon, Luther, Spencer and David; his sister, Esther and special family friend Fiona O’Kene. 

Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, with family present from 6-8 p.m. at Peterson’s Funeral Home in Newton with a memorial service at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, at Hesston Mennonite Church with a light lunch and sharing to follow. The service will be live-streamed at In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), in care of Hesston Mennonite Church, 309 S. Main, Hesston Kan., 67027.

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