Erma Ruth Decker Juhnke was born April 5, 1922 and passed into the presence of her heavenly Lord and Savior on March 29, 2019.
She was the youngest of four children born to Louie and Mary Wedel Decker on a Galva, KS farm. Her formative years were spent near Moundridge, KS. A highlight of her childhood was accepting Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior after an evening worship service at McPherson College.
Erma married Leonard Juhnke on September 8, 1942, during World War II. Leonard was called into Civilian Public Service and together they worked many different jobs across the U.S. When they returned to Kansas they purchased a farm south of Newton. They enjoyed farming together for 64 years and raised four children.
Leonard and Erma were members of First Mennonite Church in Newton, KS. Erma taught Sunday School for 40 years. Many of those children stayed in contact with her into adulthood.
Erma loved people, serving and encouraging them in whatever way she could. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she made home an oasis. She talked of God’s love and made sure her children understood God’s free gift of salvation. She claimed the promise of Isaiah 41:10. She led by example. Her last years were spent at Presbyterian Manor in Newton where she enjoyed friendships and serving on the Spiritual Life Committee.
Erma was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, a sister, her husband and her daughter, Verona. She is survived by her children, Harris Entz of Whitewater, Tim and Shardelle Dirks of Sedgwick, Morris and June Juhnke of Sedgwick, Marc and Berdene Whipkey of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Her family has also been blessed with nine grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
Visitation at Grace Community Church will be from 6:00pm – 8:00 pm Wednesday April 3rd in the Fireside Room with family present during that time. A memorial service will be at Grace Community Church, 1600 S. Anderson, Newton, KS on Thursday, April 4th at 2:30 p.m. Memorial gifts may be given in honor of Erma Juhnke to Compassion International, 12290 Voyager Park Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80921.