Frances M. Luther

Obituary
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FRANCES M. LUTHER HESSTON, KS
Frances M. Luther, 88 of Hesston, KS went to be with her Lord on April 9, 2014 at Schowalter Villa, Hesston, KS. She was born on May 20, 1925 to William and Anna (Bechler) Birky near Minier, IL and grew up near Kouts, IN. Frances married Charles Walter (Walt) Whitmer of Carlock, IL on June 17, 1950 and they lived in Illinois and Colorado. He died October 3, 1968. On August 11, 1974, she married Martin R. Luther, and lived with him in Florida and Arizona before they moved back to Kouts, IN in 1996. He died on February 17, 1999. Since the death of Fran's second husband, she moved to Wakarusa, IN, then to the Newton/Hesston, KS area. Fran was a homemaker and also did the bookkeeping for the business that she and her first husband owned in Colorado. Church life was very important to her. She sought out a church fellowship in each place she moved, and held various positions at these churches. Fran enjoyed extending hospitality to strangers and friends alike, taking in foster children, teaching neighborhood Bible studies and volunteering her time in the community. Preceding her in death were her parents; husbands C. Walter Whitmer and Martin R. Luther; a son, Gerald Whitmer; three brothers: Thomas, Ray and Lee Birky; two sisters: Bonita Schrag and Margaret Bless; and one stepson, Fred Luther. Frances is survived by two daughters: Virginia (Lowell) Nunemaker of Wakarusa, IN and Karen (Ron) Bachman of Newton, KS; one son, Lyle (Cindy) Whitmer of Fairbanks, AK; two sisters: Barbara Hartzler of Cable, OH and Vera Urschel of Lake City, FL; one brother, James (Erma) Birky of Greentown, IN; four step children: Betty Jennings, Vera Kirby, Richard Luther, and Gene Luther; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM (Central Time) at Open Door Fellowship, 636 Baums Bridge Road, Kouts, IN with Pastor BJ Leichty of the Holdeman Mennonite Church of Wakarusa, IN officiating. There will be a time of visitation at the church prior to the service, starting at 9:45 AM. Burial will follow at the Hopewell Cemetery, Kouts, IN. moellerfuneralhome.com

Funeral Home
Moeller Funeral Home
104 Roosevelt Road Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 462-0535
Funeral Home Details
Published in The Times on Apr. 11, 2014
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