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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 17, 2017

William Swartzendruber

Apr 24, 2017
William Swartzendruber

KALONA William Loren Swartzendruber, 89, of Kalona, died Friday, April 21, 2017, in Pleasantview Home in Kalona.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, in Upper Deer Creek Mennonite Church in rural Wellman with the Rev. Elmer Miller officiating. A family burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Upper Deer Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Yoder-Powell Funeral Home in Kalona. Memorials may be made to the Iowa Mennonite School and Upper Deer Creek Church.

Mr Swartzendruber was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Wellman, the son of Samuel and Lucy (Miller) Swartzendruber. He married Verda Ropp on Aug. 18, 1959 in Sunnyside Mennonite Church.

He worked for Graber Heating and Air Conditioning, owned and operated Bill’s Butchering Plant for 12 years, laid brick for four years, and was custodian at Iowa Mennonite School for 20 years. He spent two years in PAX following World War II, rebuilding Espelkamp, Germany. He was active in Upper Deer Creek Church as superintendent, Sunday school teacher, Bible school teacher, elder and youth sponsor. He was involved in MDS, served on Pleasantview Board of Directors, and served as president of the Mennonite Historical Society. He and his wife spent one year as volunteers with MCC in Akron, Pennsylvania. He enjoyed woodworking, reading, puzzles, table games, and being with his family

Surviving are his wife; four children, Susan Stoltzfus and husband Grant of Harrisonburg, Virginia, Anthony Swartzendruber and wife Debra of Atmore, Alabama, Mary Jo Swartzendruber and husband Phil Easley of Harrisonburg, and Michael Swartzendruber of Harrisonburg; seven grandchildren; a brother, Joe Swartzendruber of Arizona; twin sister, Wilma Thayer and husband Dean of Minnesota; a sister-in-law, Lois Gugel of Kalona; and two brothers-in-law, Ira Miller of West Virginia and Daniel Yoder of Delaware.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Anna Swartzendruber, Ellen Miller, and Mary Lois Yoder; a brother, Owen, and two sisters-in-law, Luetta Swartzendruber and Mary Olive Miller.

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