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Clarence Niles

May 14, 2019



Life Sketch for Clarence B. Niles


Clarence Niles, 92, died on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Kidron Bethel Health Care in North Newton.


Clarence was born on January 5, 1927 in Newton, Kansas to Walter and Linda (Penner) Niles. 


He married Gladys Schmidt on August 12, 1951. They were married for 67 years.


Clarence was a graduate of Bethel College.  He taught physics and mathematics in western Kansas and at Newton High school for thirty-one years.  He also farmed for many years.  He was active in the Newton Rotary Club, and, after retirement from teaching, served on the board of Newton Meals on Wheels, operated a small sharpening business, and made woodcrafts.


He is survived by his wife: Gladys; daughter: Gail Stucky (Mark); and grandchildren: Matt (Blaire Mayhue) and Marike.


He was preceded in death by his daughter: Jan Niles; parents: Walter and Linda Niles; and siblings: Keith Niles and Mary Watson.


A memorial service is scheduled for Monday, June 3rd, 11:00 a.m. at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, Kansas.  Visitation will be at the Kidron Bethel Menno Hall on Sunday, June 2nd, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


A memorial has been established for Bethel College and Kidron Bethel.  Petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com.



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6 thoughts on “Clarence Niles

  1. Mr. Niles was an inspiring math teacher who challenged us yo do our best.

  2. Mr. Niles was an inspiration to all around him. What a great guy.
    People like him don’t come around often.

  3. What an incredible teacher and special person. Mr. Niles subtle sense of humor kept us going!

  4. Thank you for the educational foundation that you and Gladys provided me – It seems like just yesterday. God Bless.

  5. I will miss Mr. Niles. He has always been a wonderful blessing to me. I would have never passed Algebra without him. And I also had the pleasure of being his papergirl when I had a paper route as a teenager. My Mom has a shelf that he made in his woodworking days. I will miss seeing him and talking with him.

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