Written by Herald-News
Services for Frank D. Huebert Sr., 97, of Fairview, Okla., were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church. He peacefully passed away July 11, 2014, at the Fairview Regional Medical Center. Arrangements were by Fairview Funeral Home, Inc.
Frank D. Huebert Sr. of Fairview, Okla., reached Heaven’s gate and was welcomed into glory on 11 July, 2014, in Fairview, Okla., at the age of 97 years, one month and one week. He was born to Jacob F. and Sara (Dick) Huebert at home near Lustre, Mont., on 4 June, 1917. He was the sixth of nine children.
Life was simple, with hard work, which taught him many skills and gave him many memories for his later years. He never tired of talking about Colonel, his very own horse, which his father gave him when he turned 16. Colonel was his loyal companion for many years. He also had several border collie dogs that were much more than working sheep dogs to him.
After graduating from the eighth-grade he attended Lustre Bible School and helped with farming and was finally able to go to Frazer High School at the age of 21. The school superintendent convinced Frank's dad that he needed further education. While attending school, he and his younger sisters lived in a tar paper shack in Frazer, which was 30 miles from home. He was given a job helping the janitor to earn living expenses. He prided himself in receiving the Citizenship Award as a senior.
Following graduation, Frank spent several months in the Seattle area working in the steel foundries before joining the Civilian Public Service (CPS), an alternative service of national importance, as a conscientious objector during World War II.
He worked for the Forest Service in Oregon and California. Later, he was stationed in Lincoln, Neb., and helped with raising rabbits for food to help with expenses. He met a number of men who became lifetime friends, from as far away as some place called Fairview, Okla. They became reacquainted when he and the family moved to Orienta in 1963.
It was during this time in Lincoln that he was introduced to Evelyn Edna Epp by his cousin Marie Huebert. A relationship began and during this time Evie moved to Lincoln to work so they could become better acquainted. On the day of his discharge from CPS, he and Evie were married in Henderson, Neb. The bond remained sure until his beloved passed away in March 2012 after 66 years of marriage.
Frank and Evelyn farmed in western Nebraska the first seven years of marriage. Although his first passion was farming and ranching, he knew God had greater things for him. God’s will was for him to be a spiritual farmer, tilling the fertile soil of man’s heart and shepherding His flock. In preparation, he attended Grace College of the Bible (Grace University) in Omaha, Neb. Upon graduation in 1957, they began their first pastorate in Wolf Point, Mont. In 1963, the family made a move to Orienta, Okla., where he pastored the Saron Mennonite Church. In 1971, they moved to Elbing, Kan., where he taught junior high and senior high Bible at Berean Academy. In 1978, they returned to the pastorate and served the Adams, Okla., Mennonite church until 1984. At that time, they bought and remodeled the only earthly home they ever owned.
Fairview became their home base as they did interim work for five years and then took over the custodial duties at the Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church.
Throughout his life, Frank was a diligent student of the Word and was especially interested in prophecy. Another passion was the Old Testament tabernacle of which he made a scale model. He taught many week-long special meetings at a number of churches through the years, and following full retirement, he continued to teach Bible on Wednesday evenings.
Frank and Evelyn's ministry took them many places and impacted many lives, with friends far and wide. Surely he said “Bless Your Heart” to many, many people he met along the way. If he didn’t have a chance to say it, it was prominently displayed as a bumper plate on the front of their car. It later became his ‘shingle’ on his room door at Fairview Fellowship Home.
His hands made many wooden projects, with Evie's assistance in design and finishing, including furniture and gifts for newlyweds and others. A favorite past time was cutting and splitting firewood, which he continued to do until he was 93.
He equally enjoyed feeding the wood into his fireplace and sometimes became overly zealous, with house temperatures soaring into the upper 80s on a cold winter day.
Although he never was a man of physical wealth, he has stored up many heavenly treasures, as well as treasures in the hearts of his family and many friends. He will be missed as a brother, a father, grandpa, grospa, and a faithful friend.
Preceding him in death were his parents, four sisters and three brothers. He is survived by his sister, Anna Huebert of Glendive, Montana. Sons include Allen Huebert and wife Jackie of Bellevue, Neb.; Frank Jr. and wife ReNita of Fairview, Okla. Twin daughters Sharon and husband John Oglesbee of San Augustine, Texas; Karen and husband Ivan Penner of Peoria, Ariz. There are 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, with two more on the way.
Not enough words can be spoken for the care he was given at the Fairview Fellowship Home where he was loved and cherished, and the Fairview Regional Medical Center where he spent the last few miles of his long journey.
Memorials may be given to Grace University with the Fairview Funeral Home of Fairview, Okla., acting as custodian.