HESSTON — Stanley Voran was born on the family farm southeast of Kingman on March 7, 1923, the youngest of five children of Jacob J. and Christina K. Voran. He died on Dec. 31, 2012, in Andover, at the age of 89.
Stan attended a one-room school in Kingman County--Clearwater, District 49. He graduated from Kingman High School in 1941 and began farming, not by choice but because of circumstances. He retired from this vocation in 1984.
Stan and Ellen Ruth Lohrentz were married on Dec. 29, 1950, in the Hebron Mennonite Church, rural Buhler. Stan and Ellen lived on the family farm until moving to Schowalter Villa in 2009. They were married 62 years and two days.
Stan was baptized upon his confession of faith and joined the Bethany Mennonite Church of rural Kingman on Sept. 18, 1938. In 1991, Stan and Ellen joined Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church in Harper, and in 2009 they became members of Hesston Mennonite Church. He was active in church life throughout these years.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen Voran; son and daughter-in-law, Roxie and Lynda Voran of Houston, Texas; and granddaughters, Emily and Rebecca Voran, also of Houston.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Willard M. and William C.; and sisters, Bertha Kaufman and Ruth Koon Kaufman.
Celebration of life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Hesston Mennonite Church. Memorials may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, 107 S. Lancaster, P.O. Box 32, Hesston, KS 67062.