Obituary: Wilmer W. Wedel

ELBING—Wilmer Wedel, 90, died on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at Newton Medical Center.
He was bornSept. 13, 1926, in Halstead, the seventh of 10 children of Herman and Christina Voran Wedel. The family lived in rural Moundridge on a farm until August 1937, when they moved to a farm in Burns. It was here he grew to adulthood, farmed and eventually raised his own family.
Wedel attended Garden Valley Grade School, District 43, in rural Moundridge until the age of 9, and then Wilcox Country Grade School in rural Burns, graduating from Burns High School in 1944.
After high school. Wedel worked on the family farm until entering voluntary service and W service in November 1954, under Mennonite Central Committee. His first assignment was at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., where he met his future wife, Martha Loewen. His most enjoyable service was the two seasons he operated the MCC portable meat canner traveling to different Mennonite communities and receiving the hospitality they provided the canner boys. In 1957, after a three-year correspondence, Wilmer and Martha were married at First Mennonite Church of Reedley, Calif.
After marriage, Wedel continued farming with his father and brothers, eventually forming a partnership with his brother Clarence when their parents retired. Dad had many skills and we felt that he could fix or solve any problem with his determination not to give up. For the last 10 years he has worked as a greeter at Walmart.
Wedel was baptized in 1942 upon his profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Living out his faith was central throughout his entire life. He has been a faithful member of Zion Mennonite Church in Elbing for 75 years.
He was survived by his wife Martha, of 59 years, of Newton; children Nancy and Marvin Harms of rural Newton, Barb and Mike McGee of Kechi, and Brian and Julie Wedel of rural Moundridge; grandchildren Jana, Laura, Brett and Sara Harms, Robert and Alexis LaFave, Christann and James Covey, Riley McGee, Collin, Kaylee, and Addison Wedel; seven great-grandchildren; brother Clarence and Thelma Wedel of rural Burns; sisters Ruth Andres and Jane Entz of Newton; sister-in-law Sue Loewen of Reedley, Calif.; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Verna Regier, Elisabeth Regier and Eleanor Wedel, brothers Stanley, Howard and Kenneth Wedel, sisters-in-law Edith, Louise and Mae Wedel, Melita Janzen, and brothers-in-law William Regier, Ronald Andres, Arnold Entz, Milton Janzen and John Loewen.
Services will be at 10:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at Zion Mennonite Church, Elbing, with burial at 10 a.m. at the Zion Mennonite Church Cemetery, rural Elbing.
Viewing will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton, with family present from 2 to 4 p.m.
Memorials are designated for MCC Meat Canning and Zion Mennonite Church of Elbing.
Condolences may be left at www.broadwaycolonialfh.com.

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