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John E. Waldner

John E. Waldner, age 88, of Carpenter, died Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at the Huron Regional Medical Center.  His funeral service was at 11 AM Saturday, September 22nd, at Prairie Bible Church with Rev. Rod Poppinga officiating.  Burial was in the Prairie Bible Church Cemetery. 

John E. Waldner was born September 25, 1923, to John M. and Mary (Decker) Waldner and grew up on the family farm near Carpenter.  He attended Wheeler School, just a couple of miles from home, until the eighth grade.  John and his family endured difficult and tragic events such as the loss of his mother when he was three.  Later, John contracted polio at age 16, but made a remarkable recovery after treatments in Rochester.  After his treatments, he and his father rode home in a train box car from Rochester to Cavour in the heat of the summer.  In 1942, the family home caught fire, but John was able to get all of his brothers and sisters out of the house.  His step-mother, Susie (Decker) Waldner, died later in 1942.

On June 27, 1948, John married Emma Hofer at Hutterthal Church at Carpenter.  They lived one year with his father, and then bought their own place.   John and Emma planted all the trees and made many improvements to the farm including drilling a new well.  John started farming with horses but transitioned to tractors within a few years.  He also went from “checked” corn and “laid by” cultivating to Roundup Ready seeds.  He was involved with the farm until the end.

John was known as the family historian.  John was a Christian man, accepting Christ as his personal savior as a young man.  He was a life long member of Prairie Bible Church.  His church was very important to him, and was actively involved in the construction of the education wing in the 1960s.  John was also a member of the building committee at James Valley Christian School, when it was located in the “valley.”  John also worked with his son, Dan, in his carpentry business until 1992.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother; one grandson, Samuel George Waldner; four brothers, Menno in infancy, Willis, Melroy and Bennie Waldner; one sister, Kathryn Glanzer; three brothers-in-law, Jim Gross, Jerane Hofer and Clarence Glanzer; and one sister-in-law, Josephine Waldner.

Grateful for having shared in his life are his wife, Emma Waldner of Carpenter; five children, Ellery Waldner of Carpenter, Lonnie (Mary Kathleen) Waldner of Conway, Arkansas, Kayleen (David) Puiszis of Hurst, Texas, Dan (Billie) Waldner of Huron, and Kendall Waldner of Carpenter; eight grandchildren, Aaron Puiszis, Grace Waldner, Taylor Waldner, Spencer Waldner, John James Waldner, William Waldner, Titus Waldner and Jed Waldner; one brother, Norman (Marge) Waldner of Carpenter; seven sisters, Alma Gross, Berniece (Paul) Kleinsasser, Pearl Hofer and Barbara (Leroy) Gross, all of Huron, Viola (Mike) Hofer of Bridgewater, Naomi (Duane) Gross of Tulare and Lucille Waldner of Loveland, Colorado; and three sisters-in-law, Julie Waldner of Sioux Falls, Lola Waldner of Yankton, and his wife’s sister, Viola Handwerk of Marion; and many nieces and nephews.

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