Tampa – Henry Redger, 98, died June 15, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Moundridge. He was born December 22, 1919 to Julius and Leah (Schmidt) Redger rural Tampa. He married LaVerna Wedel November 11, 1945 rural Tampa. He was a farmer. Survivors include: son, Jim (Annette) Redger of Dumas, Arkansas; daughters, Kathy (Harry) Friesen of Birnie, Manitoba, Donna Koehn of Moundridge; daughter-in-law, Sharon Koehn of DeRidder, Louisiana; 18 grandchildren and 54 great grandchildren. Predeceased by a son Norman Redger in 2005 and wife LaVerna Redger in 2002. Memorial service 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Morning Star Mennonite Church rural Tampa. Interment at Logan Cemetery rural Tampa. Family will receive guests from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Church. Memorials to Mercy Hospital 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
Our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather was born at home to Julius and Leah Schmidt Redger on December 22, 1919 in Marion County. He left this earth for his heavenly home just at twilight on June 15, 2018 at Mercy Hospital, reaching the age of 98 years.
Being the seventh child of twelve children, he was often found in the house helping his mother and singing with her. He received his education at Bell Top School.
At the age of 16 he answered God’s call, receiving salvation and was baptized May 6, 1934 by Minister Frank Wenger. This was the beginning of Dad’s walk with God in the church. Dad became willing for God’s call and service while pinned under an overturned tractor. On May 2, 1954 he was ordained to the deaconry by Minister Frank Wenger. He faithfully served in this work at Morning Star Congregation.
After moving to “the lease” and living alone for a few years, Dad found his life’s companion, LaVerna Wedel. They were married November 11, 1945. To this union were born two sons and two daughters. They moved to his father’s farm after a number of years where he lived until he was 90 years old.
Dad enjoyed providing for his family by growing wheat, dairying, and raising cattle. Many happy memories were made working together, frying hamburgers, jumping rope, playing baseball and enjoying home-made ice cream. The highlight of the year was wheat harvest time and with that came the help of his enthused grandchildren.
Dad and Mom enjoyed many years together, and as her health failed, Dad patiently cared for her until her death in November 2002. In his loneliness he found comfort in communicating with his Heavenly Father. Dad found courage and strength in song and sang every day. After a farm sale, he moved to Moundridge to be next door to his daughter, enjoying his home, shop and the Gospel Congregation. The last few years were spent in Moundridge Manor, where he spent many hours watching traffic, enjoying sing-alongs, Bible study, Thursday evening singing and packing tracts. Many times Dad expressed his appreciation to us for his care at Moundridge Manor. He often encouraged us as family to trust and follow God in all of life’s challenges. God carried him through life and Dad left us a beautiful example of faithfulness.
Left to cherish his memories are three children, Jim and Annette Redger, Dumas, Arkansas; Kathy and Harry Friesen, Birnie, Manitoba; Donna Koehn, Moundridge, Kansas; daughter-in-law, Sharon Koehn, DeRidder, Lousiana; one brother-in-law, Art and Violet Wedel, Tampa, Kansas; one sister-in-law, Lela Wedel, Durham, Kansas; 18 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are son, Norman; sons-in-law, Darrell Koehn and Richard Koehn; his parents, and all his siblings