Leroy Vernon Hiebert 80, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita, Kansas following complications of a heart procedure and car accident. He was born November 26, 1932 in Goessel, Kansas to Gustav H. and Maria A. (Buller) Hiebert.
After graduating from Berean Academy, Leroy worked briefly for area farmers and the served from 1953-1955 in rebuilding efforts under the PAX program of the Mennonite Central Committee in Germany and Austria in the aftermath of WWII. Returning to the Elbing area, he worked for nearly 55 years for the Janzen Family Farms.
Leroy was baptized by Pastor H.J. Dyck on May 23, 1948 upon his confession of faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Henceforth he was a lifelong member of the Zion Mennonite Church, peroiodically serving on the Facilities Board, and working with Mennonite Disaster Service.
Leroy was close to his sisters, and claimed his nephews as his own. He is preceded in death by his parents and Nephew Gary Klassen. He is survived by his sisters Lorena and Pete Klaassen of Whitewater, Kansas; Elda Ruth Hiebert of Hillsboro, Kansas; and 5 nephews Charles, Rodney, Russsell, Warren, and Rodger Klassen and Gary’s wife Carolyn and their respective families.
Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, August 19, 2013 at Petersen Funeral Home. The family will greet friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A graveside committal service will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday August 20, 2013 at Zion Mennonite Cemetery in Rural Elbing, Kansas. A memorial service will follow at Zion Mennonite Church at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Ray Reimer presiding.
Memorials are suggested to Mennonite Central Committee or Mennonite Disaster Services