Obituary: Stanley Voth

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

Stanley Voth
Stanley Voth

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 to 1946, he served his country in Civilian Public Service. He graduated from Bethel College in 1949 and later earned a master?s degree in chemistry from Northern Iowa University.

He married Elsie Epp of Henderson, Neb., in 1950 and then taught in schools in Freeman, S.D., Milford and Henderson, Neb., retiring to North Newton in 1987. His wife Elsie died in 1990 after which he married Viola Ediger of Regina, Saskatchewan, 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; brother, Leland Voth of Harrisonburg, Va.; 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 was preceded in death by two wives, his parents and 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.

Visitation will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Menno Hall in Kidron Bethel. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton, with a memorial service following at 11 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 in Newton.

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