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Ernest Wiens

d. February 17, 2019

Hillsboro – Ernest Wiens, 94, died February 17, 2019 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.  He was born September 27, 1924 to Daniel and Katherine (Ediger) Wiens in Hillsboro.  He married Esther Berg June 2, 1950 in Lehigh at the Lehigh M.B. Church.  Survivors include: wife, Esther Wiens of Hillsboro; brother, Emerson (Lawanda) Wiens of Newton; sister, Doris Guhr of Hillsboro; numerous nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by a brother, Don Wiens and a sister, Alice Bartel.  Celebration of Life Service 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 21, 2019 at The Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro.  Interment 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the Hillsboro M.B. Church cemetery.  Memorials to Gideons in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063.  Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com

Life Sketch Taken from the Funeral Bulletin

Ernest Wiens was born on September 27, 1924 to Daniel and Katherine Ediger Wiens in Hillsboro, Kansas. He died on February 17, 2019 at the age of 94. 

During the first year of his life his parents moved to a farm near Hillsboro and he lived on a farm through his public school years. He attended a one-room country school through grade school, except for four years which he spent in a consolidated school at Arapahoe, Colorado during the early 1930s. During the years in Colorado he remembered the drought and the severe dust storms of that period. His parents found it necessary to move back to Hillsboro, Kansas to survive. 

Ernest was baptized in May of 1939 in the North Cottonwood River (now under the Marion Lake) at the age of 14 and became a member of the Hillsboro MB Church. Except for the four years in Colorado, and four years spent in Kansas City, he had a lifetime involvement with the Mennonite Brethren Church. Other MB Churches he was a member of included Garden Park in Denver, Colorado and he was a charter member of Belleview Community Church in Lakewood. For ten years he and his wife, Esther led the adult senior activities at the Belleview Church. 

After graduating from Hillsboro High School, World War II was under way and though he got several farm deferments, the draft caught up with him. He spent eighteen months in Civilian Public Service, first on a National Forest project and then in a Veteran’s Tuberculosis Hospital, both in California. After his release from service, he spent one year at Tabor College and then had several small jobs until he became employed at the Mennonite Brethren Publishing House in Hillsboro. He worked there for seven years. He then finished his education at Tabor. 

On June 2, 1950, he married Esther May Berg. In the fall of 1956, at the age of 32, they moved to Kansas City, Kansas where he attended the Dental College of the University of Kansas City, Missouri for four years. After graduating with honors, they moved to Denver, Colorado in August of 1962. He practiced dentistry there til the end of 1983, by which time Esther had retired from public school teaching. 

Not having any children, Ernest and Esther enjoyed travelling and learning about other countries and people. His hobbies were woodworking, stained glass and photography. He also liked to be involved in the church in some way and served in different positions when younger. He also served on the Tabor Board, on the Southern District MB Stewardship Commission and various positions with Deer Creek Christian Camp. 

He and Esther moved back to Hillsboro in September of 2005, after being away for 52 years, and again became members of Hillsboro MB Church. 

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