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Hesston Record 4.16

Hesston Record 4.16

John Douglas Schrock, 48

Posted 4/16/2015

John Douglas Schrock, 48, died April 8, 2015.  

He was born August 29, 1966, at Washington, Iowa to Leo and Nedra (Miller) Schrock.  

He was an OTR Truck Driver.  

He married Rhonda Gehring on October 29, 1988, at Moundridge.  

Survivors include his wife, Rhonda, Hesston; daughters, Morgan and Kaitlyn Schrock, both of Hesston; parents, Leo (Nedra) Schrock, Kalona, Iowa; brother, Leon (Robin) Schrock, Parnell, Iowa.  

A Memorial service was held April 13, 2015 at Whitestone Mennonite Church.  

The family received friends Sunday, April 12, 2015, also at Whitestone Mennonite Church.

Memorial donations are suggested to Whitestone Mennonite Church Scholarship Fund and Hesston College Athletics, in care of the Moundridge Funeral Home.

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Hazel Ruth Williams Dudte, 98

Posted 4/16/2015

On May 2, 1916, Hazel Ruth Williams was born, the eighth of nine children of Bertha Vesper Williams and Harry Allen Williams near Walton. She passed away on April 6, 2015, at Newton Presbyterian Manor.

With her sunny disposition, Hazel knew a special place in her warm, jovial family. Although not blessed with material wealth, Hazel grew up sharing an abundance of love, integrity, joy and compassion within the family and the surrounding community.

Hazel completed eight grades in a one-room country school near Walton, and she graduated from Newton High School in 1934. 

In 1935 she earned a teacher’s certificate from Emporia State Teachers College, following which she taught two years for Stone School, east of Newton. 

She married Fred Dudte on May 30, 1937, at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa. After their first year of marriage in Miltonvale, they farmed together in Harvey County until retirement in 1976 when they moved to North Newton. In 2006 they moved to Newton Presbyterian Manor. 

Hazel especially enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, visiting and sharing her bounty with others. In addition, she served numerous church and civic organizations in the Newton area throughout her lifetime.

As a child, Hazel took art lessons, the foundation for her lifelong love of painting and drawing. She shared paintings with many friends and family, and in recent years her beloved painted rocks. For many years, Hazel provided “chalk talk” programs for local groups, often accompanied by Fred on the organ.

Most of all Hazel will be remembered for her cheerful optimism, love of life and active faith. She had a special love for every child born into her large family circle. She made friends easily and cherished every one who crossed her path. 

These qualities were rooted in her faith which she expressed as “every day God is very near, answering many prayers, loving, protecting, guiding, comforting, forgiving, blessing and watching over us, showing us His way, giving us a measure of health and much more.” She shared her faith with many people through visits and prayers in their homes, care homes and hospitals. She was a long-time member of First Church of the Nazarene, Newton, Kansas.

Hazel Dudte was preceeded in death by her husband of 71 years, Fred Dudte in 2008, her parents and her siblings, Ardith Williams, Inez Graham, Milo Williams, Clarence Williams, Lois Davis, Edna Ball, Melvin Williams and Gale Williams.

She is survived by her children; Janice (and Vern) Schroeder of North Newton, Mick (and Becky) Dudte of Newton, Cheryl (and Jim) Clay of Bayfield, Colo., Tim (and Karen) Dudte of Newton; and,12 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 4 step-great-grandchildren.

A visitation was held April 10 at Peterson Funeral Home with the family receiving friends, The funeral service was held Saturday, April 11, at the First Church of the Nazarene, Newton, Kansas with Pastor Rick Dages officiating. 

Burial followed at Highland Cemetery on Dutch Avenue.

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