Written by Darla Downs
Loren Nedward Heidner, 69, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Schowalter Villa in Hesston, Kansas.
He was born Jan. 30, 1945, in Glasgow to Nelson and Dorothy (Thomas) Heidner. He was the youngest of four sons. A daughter died in infancy. His mother died when he was nearly a year old. His father remarried and Ruth (Schultes) Heidner became his mother. A younger brother and sister soon completed the family.
He grew up on a farm in rural Wolf Point. He attended Wolf Point public schools into high school and also attended Wessington Springs Academy in Wessington Springs, S.D. He considered Wessington Springs Academy his alma mater. He received his G.E.D. from the Newton Public Schools in Newton, Kansas.
He was baptized and admitted to the Gospel Fellowship Mennonite Brethren Church at Wolf Point in September 1957. He was currently a member of Koerner Heights Church of the Mennonite Brethren in Newton.
As a young man, he joined a wheat harvest crew, followed the harvest to Kansas and decided to make Kansas his home. He married Janis Buschman in 1966 and they and their two sons lived in Walton, Kansas. They divorced in 1986. He worked at several manufacturing companies in the Newton area including the Tumbleweed trailer factory and Excel Industries. Most recently, he worked at Norcraft (Mid-Continent Cabinetry) for nearly 25 years.
He married Marian Zook June 18, 1988, and they made Newton their home.
He loved his family and people in general. He thrived on music, expressed especially by his membership in the Kansas Mennonite Men's Chorus, his annual trips to the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, and his collection of harmonicas and odd instruments. He also loved wood, televised wrestling and anything with wheels.
He is survived by his wife, Marian of Newton; son, Timothy of Joplin, Mo.; three brothers, Tom and Ken of Wolf Point and Dale of Bozeman; and one sister, Marilyn Hilkemann of Wolf Point.
Preceding him in death were his son, Nedward; his sister, Karen; and his brother, Don.
Funeral services were held at Koerner Heights Church of the Mennonite Brethren in Newton on Monday, Feb. 17.