Hillsboro – Jack Regier, 86, died January 16, 2018 at Hillsboro Community Hospital. He was born July 4, 1931 to Herman and Esther (Pankratz) Regier in Hillsboro. He was a farmer. He married Evelyn Funk October 14, 1951 in Hillsboro. Survivors include: wife, Evelyn Regier of Hillsboro; sons, Rex (Marion) Regier of Hillsboro, Gene (Theresa) Regier of Garden Plain; daughter, Cheri (Troy) Shrum of Wichita; sisters, Janet and Sonja Regier both of Los Angles, CA; 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Celebration of Life Service 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 19, 2018 at Hillsboro M.B. Church. Memorials to the Church 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
Jack Regier, 86, passed away January 16, 2018, in Hillsboro, Kansas. He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle and friend. Jack was born in Hillsboro Kansas on July 4, 1931 to Herman and Esther (Pankratz) Regier. As a young man he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and was baptized in Spring Lake and became a member of Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.
He attended Gnadenau country school, Hillsboro High School and then one year at Tabor College. It was while he was in high school that he built his first “jeep”, which was used around the farm for work and fun. It was in 1950, while dragging Main Street, that Jack’s eyes spotted a group of girls and he offered them a ride. The cutest one of the bunch, Evelyn Funk, willingly accepted his offer. Jack and Evelyn were married October 14, 1952, and this last October they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Jack and Evelyn were blessed with three children, Rex, Cheri and Gene.
Jack spent the first few years of their marriage doing dirt work. He was responsible for leveling the grounds for Salem Hospital and the Hillsboro Adobe House. He was known for digging the best trench silo in the area and never met a hedge tree he couldn’t dig out. Soil conservation was always very important to him and he built many miles of terraces and waterways, for which he received four awards.
In 1956 Jack’s father, Herman, focused his attention on farming in Nebraska. Jack then took over the responsibility of the farm in Kansas that included dairy, sheep, chickens and field work. Through the years some things changed on the farm, but his love and passion for farming never diminished and he continued to work the land until just a few weeks before his passing. He taught his children and grandchildren the value of hard work and applying themselves to accomplish the task. The great grandchildren always looked forward to rides on the four-wheeler and harvest time so they could get a combine ride with Grandpa.
Finding time for a family vacation was always important to Jack. It is worth noting though, that he set several land speed records on the trip home so he could get back into the field. Jack and Evelyn traveled to all of the lower 48 contiguous states and Mexico.
Sunday School was an important time of fellowship for Jack. For years he arrived early to make sure the room was set up and ready and if there was no teacher, he would lead the class.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents. He will be missed by his family members; Evelyn Regier, Rex and Marion Regier of Hillsboro, Cheri and Troy Shrum of Wichita, Gene and Theresa Regier of Garden Plain, five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, his sisters, Janet Regier and Sonja Regier, Los Angeles, California, and other close relatives and friends.
We thank you for coming to share in the celebration of Jack’s life.