Visitation with the family of C. Howard Unruh will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Tabor Mennonite Church.


Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the church.


Life is a blessing. All of us were blessed by the life of C. Howard Unruh, our father, husband, grandfather and friend.

He was born to Jake and Hannah Unruh on Sept. 16, 1929, at Bethesda Hospital in Goessel.

He was baptized by the Rev. P.P. Buller in Goessel Mennonite Church.

He married Esther Voth on Jan 18, 1957, at Tabor Mennonite Church in Newton. They raised four sons and have seven grandchildren.

They enjoyed the Wichita Symphony and Hesston and Bethel College Performing Arts concerts for many years.

Howard and Esther recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. Since Esther move to Bethesda Home in Goessel, he faithfully spent every evening with her.

Howard served two years in 1-W service at General Rose Hospital in Denver. His career included positions at Stevens Spring Co. in Newton and Excel Industries in Hesston.

Howard loved farming and raising livestock after his “work day” ended. Howard farmed together with his father after 1-W service for several years. After moving to their home near Tabor Mennonite Church, Howard enjoyed farming without a cab tractor so he could smell the newly-tilled soil.

After he retired, he continued to farm and was very active in M-2 prisoner visitation, the Mennonite Central Committee meat canner, and other church service work. He was a regular Red Cross blood donor and had given blood the Friday before he passed away.

Howard is survived by his wife, Esther; sons, Tom, John, Fred and Bill; and seven grandchildren. His surviving siblings include Paul Unruh, Roy Unruh, Eleanora Goertzen, Harold Unruh and Janet Kaufman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Hannah Unruh, and his brother, Willard.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Tabor Mennonite Church.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the church.

The family requests memorial donations be sent to Bethesda Home in Goessel or the Mennonite Central Committee’s meat canning project.

Miller Funeral Home in Goessel is handling arrangements.