Wenger, Albert Abraham

Albert Abraham Wenger, age 88, of Versailles, passed away Saturday morning, November 27, 2010, at the Golden Age Living Center in Stover. He was born March 25, 1922, in Versailles, Missouri, the son of the late Jesse Walter and Ella Lehman Wenger.

On July 24, 1949, at the Mt. Zion Mennonite Church, he was united in marriage to Rose Marie Diener, who preceded him in death on April 26, 1997.

Albert graduated on June 3, 1941, from Hesston College and Bible School in Hesston, Kansas. He was a lifelong farmer and enjoyed woodworking.

He was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church in Fortuna.

He is survived by his children, David Wenger and wife Ginger of Boonville, Karen Gingerich and husband Ken and Linda Ewert and husband Reg both of Omaha, Nebraska, Danny Wenger and Bob Wenger and wife Karla both of Versailles, Ann Loganbill and husband Dean of Barnett, and Carol Evans and husband Russ of Blue Springs, Missouri; sixteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; his brother, Paul Wenger and wife Lela of Hesston, Kansas; his sister, Bertha Swarr and husband of Harrisonburg, Virginia; and many other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Derek Wenger, his brothers, Roy Wenger and Norman Wenger, his sister, Viola Ramer, and his daughter-in-law, Dorcas Wenger.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 30, at the Bethel Mennonite Church in Fortuna with Pastor Dave Zapf officiating. Interment will be held at the Mt. Zion Cemetery near Versailles. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, November 29, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bethel Mennonite Church or the Mt. Zion Cemetery Association. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Brewer, Wes

Wesley N. Brewer, age 95, of Versailles, passed away November 14, 2010, at the Golden Age Living Center in Stover, Missouri, 2 days before his 66th wedding anniversary. He was born on November 2, 1915, in Willmathsville, Missouri, to the late Orlando and Beulah Blanche Rummerfield Brewer. On November 16, 1944, in Hayward, California, he was united in marriage to LaVern Keune, who survives of the home.

Wesley left home at the age of 17 and went to Iowa where he worked on farms, and told of how he hand-picked 100 bushels of corn per day. He then moved to St Louis where he worked in road construction and house moving. In 1941, he enlisted in the Navy CB’s. He was a heavy equipment operator building airstrips on islands in the Pacific during WWII. He defied death several times, facing live machine gun fire during WWII, after a severe motorcycle accident in 1980, and heart attacks in later years.

After Wesley’s discharge in 1945, at the end of WWII from the Navy, he and LaVern moved to north Missouri where he row-cropped and raised cattle for many years. He was an active member of the Gideon’s, and of his church. He was a long-time supporter of the Kirksville Bible School. In 1995, they moved to Versailles, where he helped his son and daughter-in-law at the 52 Diner until 2000.

He attended the Bethel Mennonite Church.

Wesley will be remembered for his years of riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycles, his love of God, wit and humor, pleasant nature and willingness to help others, and enjoying his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Wesley is survived by his son, Wayne Brewer and wife, Jacquie of Versailles; 3 grandchildren, Chris Brewer and wife Kristi of Sedalia, Betsy Nichols and husband Jason of Centralia, and Jeff Brewer of Kirksville; 4 step-grandchildren, Tony Stephens and wife, Missy of Versailles, Brent Stephens and wife Emily of Carlsbad, CA, Lori Mott and husband Kevin of Honolulu, HI, and Jodi Stephens of Columbia; 11 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter; 1 sister, Dorothy Smith of Kirksville, 1 brother Herschel Brewer and wife Maxine of Baring, and many other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by, 2 sisters: Hilda Beeman and Edith Christman and 1 brother Stanley Brewer.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 17, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles. Interment will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bethel Mennonite Church. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Hofstetter, Ruth Caroline

Beloved aunt and friend, Ruth Caroline Hofstetter, age 94, of Versailles, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles, Missouri.

She was born April 16, 1916, at the family farm in Morgan County, Missouri, the daughter of Christian and Bertha (Welty) Hofstetter, and was raised near Versailles. She graduated from Grace Bible Institute in 1951.

Ruth served many years as assistant to the Business Manager for Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University) in Omaha, Nebraska from 1951 to 1974. She returned to the Versailles area in August, 1974, to help care for her aging mother. During that time, she also served as Deputy Recorder of Deeds for Morgan County.

Though Ruth never married, she invested her life in relationships. She was a beloved sister and a cherished aunt to her nieces and nephews. Beyond that, she embodied the words of Luke 18:29-30 where Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.” In addition to being an aunt, she was like a sister, a mother, a grandmother, or a great-grandmother to a multitude.

Ruth was an active member of Bethel Mennonite Church, serving at various times as Sunday School Teacher, Director of Vacation Bible School, Church Treasurer from 1977 to 1995, and as an active member of Women in Mission. She was well known for the multitude of quilts and comforters she made, many of which brought top dollar at Bethel’s annual Brotherhood Sale. She was a prayer warrior for her church, her denomination, missionaries, and many others. She loved volunteering for Child Evangelism Fellowship in Warrenton, Missouri. Up until her death, she was an active member of the Upstairs Quilters and a volunteer for World Craft and Thrift in Versailles.

She is survived by her nephews, Jim Hofstetter, Ron Baumgartner, Daniel Baumgartner, Daryl Hofstetter, Don Hofstetter, David Hofstetter, and Bill Hofstetter; her nieces, Earlene Stealey, LaNelle Mead, Elvera Siegel, Donna Lindgrin, and Florene Heineman; many great-nephews and nieces; and many other friends and relatives.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Pearl Baumgartner, Orrie Hofstetter, Gideon Hofstetter, Mary Hardin, Ivan Hofstetter, Wilbert Hofstetter, and Pauline Hofstetter, and a nephew, Keith Baumgartner.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 10:00 a.m., at the Bethel Mennonite Church. Interment will follow in the Bethel Cemetery. The family will receive loved ones and friends during visitation at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles on Friday, Oct. 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Welty Mission Fund care of Bethel Mennonite Church. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

Wenger, Dorcas Louise Buffington Henry

Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Dorcas Louise Wenger, 57, of Versailles went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City.

She was born July 19, 1953, in Jefferson City, the daughter of Charles and Virginia Buffington, and was raised in Tebbetts.

On Aug. 13, 1988, she married Daniel Wayne Wenger, who survives of the home.

She worked for Miller County Special Services and Burrell Center of Versailles as a community integrator. She enjoyed spending time with family, spoiling her grandchildren, reading, singing, following politics, and cheering for the Cardinals baseball and Versailles Tiger football teams. She was an active member of Bethel Mennonite Church in Fortuna, where she participated in and led many ministry activities such as Bible school, music, drama, and Sunday school. She had a passion for life, living each day loving others and her Lord and Savior.

In addition to her husband Danny, she is survived by her son Ryan Henry, his wife Mandy, and their children Paige, Zach, and Alyssa, of Jefferson City; her daughter Erica Baldwin and her husband Steve of Raleigh, N.C.; and her son Dane of the home. She is also survived by her mother Virginia (Welty) Buffington of Jefferson City. Other survivors are brothers Wes Buffington of Springfield; Jim Buffington and his wife Mary Anne of Mokane; Don Buffington and his wife Sharon of Jefferson City; Terry Buffington of Phoenix, Arizona; Randy Buffington and wife Deanna of Lee’s Summit; and Mark Buffington and wife Dianne of Mexico; and many other friends and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Steven Duane Henry, in 1983; her father Charles William Buffington in 2006; and brother, William Ray Buffington in 1955.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 2:00 p.m., at the Bethel Mennonite Church. Interment will follow in the Bethel Cemetery. The family will receive loved ones and friends during visitation at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to Bethel Mennonite Church. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.