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Clarence Wenger

Clarence Edward Wenger, 92, of Wayland, died Monday January 9, 2017 at the home he was born and resided at for his entire life.

Celebration of life services will be at 10:30AM Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Bethel Mennonite Church 3 miles north of Wayland with the Reverend Curt Kuhns officiating.  Open visitation will start at 2:00 PM and family will receive friends from 4-7:00PM on Friday, January 13, 2017 also at Bethel Mennonite Church. Private family burial will be prior to the service at the Bethel Mennonite Cemetery. Beatty Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Memorials have been established for On His Path (Kids Against Hunger and local family needs) and Bethel Mennonite Church.

Mr. Wenger was born October 10, 1924, in rural Wayland, the son of Ed and Elizabeth (Good) Wenger.  He married Dorothy A. Wagler on December 25, 1944 in Trenton IA and just celebrated their 72nd Anniversary.

He accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of 11 and was baptized at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, later becoming a charter member at Bethel Mennonite Church.  He was very active in the church and served as elder, Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent and Cemetery Sexton.  Clarence loved Jesus and reflected His love in his everyday walk in life.

He attended Sommers Country School in rural Wayland and then worked with his dad on the family farm.  He was a dairy farmer for 45 years and also raised turkeys and bottle calves.  Because of his love for puppies, he became a puppy broker after he retired from milking and did this until 2012.

Clarence also served as director on the Country School Board and Township Trustee for many years.

Surviving him is his wife, Dorothy Wenger, of Wayland, IA; 5 children; Carol (Edwin V) Miller of Kalona IA, Don (Candace) Wenger of San Marcos CA, Jane (Gary) DeYarman of Poway CA,  Darla (Gene) Messer of Wayland and Susan (Mark) Yutzy of Wayland, 16 grandchildren,  45 great grandchildren , 3 great great grandchildren,  plus many friends and acquaintances met through out the years as Clarence never met a stranger! Clarence had an amazing gift of making everyone feel as though they were important and very special.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son Roger Lee, a granddaughter-in-law Christy Wenger, three sisters; Minnie Roth, Frances Wyse, Margaret Richard, one brother; Elmer Wenger.

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Dear Mr. and Mrs. DeYarmin- So sorry to hear of your loss.Prayers for you and your family. A Zion friend. Gail Lawlor

Gail Lawlor Jan 14 2017 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathies to Dorothy and family. We've known Clarence for many years and know that you couldn't find a more honest,fair,and hard-working guy like him ,just anywhere. It's a no wonder he didn't raise horses,because I doubt he knew the word"whoa". He had such a great way of getting along with people and making you feel he was looking out for your best interest. He will always be greatly missed.

Allen and Julie Nelson Jan 13 2017 12:00 AM

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Steven and Delayne Boyd.Expressing Sadness that he is no longer here to guide, love and advise, and in equal measure, Thankfulness that he has left us all so well prepared to do that for others! Our prayers of condolence to the entire family as you rest in God's graced comfort. - Steven and Delayne Boyd

Steven Boyd Jan 12 2017 12:00 AM

THE COLOR OF MEMORIESTABLE ARRANGEMENT was sent by Stan, Patricia .With our deepest condolences and love, Stan, Patricia & Blair Hamrick

Stan Hamrick Jan 12 2017 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss,Clarence was a great naiborier and friend to us .I Will always remember bailling hay there and help n sometimes with milking when he needed some.May God bless your family and watch over you all during this time.you are in my prayers

Brian Steele Jan 12 2017 12:00 AM

I will always remember how friendly and kind Clarence was.He had a great smile that will be missed by all.It was an honor to know Clarence.Our sympathy to his family and Dorothy.

Carol and Ron Wehr Jan 10 2017 12:00 AM

Susan, sorry to hear of your dad's death. Sounds like he was a very special man who truly loved the Lord.

Marti (Roth) Walker Jan 10 2017 12:00 AM

Uncle Clarence was not perfect (and he would be first to let one know that) but he was a good man in the biblical sense of that word. As his oldest nephew, I give thanks for his long and fruitful life. Thank you Aunt Dorothy, for your devoted care which enabled him to breathe his last breath in the house where he took his first. Let us together rest in the peace of God which passes all understanding.

Willard Edward Roth Jan 10 2017 12:00 AM

Thanking God for a star: "shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life " Phil 2:15 . '"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."

Richard Wenger Jan 10 2017 12:00 AM