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Bennet K. Nickel


1927 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Bennet K. Nickel Obituary
Bennet K. Nickel, 86, passed away Nov. 16, 2013, at his home at Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton.

Bennet was born Sept. 12, 1927, in Goessel, the son of W.B. and Susie Schmidt Nickel.

From his earliest days, Bennet was a sensitive, caring and generous son, brother and cousin. As a husband and father, grandfather and uncle, he was known not only for his deep love, but also for his joy for life and his never faltering optimism. Bennet loved to vacation with his family and travel the United States with his wife, Eleanor.

Bennet served in the Army for two years setting up communication lines in Germany. He enjoyed his work at Southwestern Bell for 42 years and was a member of the Kansas Telephone Pioneers. He was a founding member of Faith Mennonite and Shalom Mennonite Churches, serving as a deacon and member of the Pastoral Care Team at Faith Mennonite Church.

Throughout his life, Bennet was dedicated to volunteer work. His generosity and love for others was shown through his service to Habitat for Humanity and meal preparation for the homeless with Episcopal Social Services. He was a four-time volunteer at 10,000 Villages in Akron, Pa., and also worked with Mennonite Disaster Service and Mennonite Housing.

On Aug. 25, 1956, Bennet married Eleanor Ruth Schmidt in Newton. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his children and their spouses, Jean and Jim Weber of Newton, Jim and Becky Nickel of Peabody, Sandra and Andreas Schlaepfer of Chexbres, Switzerland; his grandchildren, Jeff and Sara Weber, Julia Weber and fiancé, Gavan Petersen, Martin Hofkamp, Sarah Hofkamp, and Olivia Schlaepfer; great-grandchildren, Kinzie Weber, Kaden Weber-Gonzalez, Kaylynn Weber, and Ben Weber; and a brother, Abe and sister-in-law, Lydia Nickel of Hutchinson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, W.B. and Susie Nickel; sister, Rebecca Nickel Rigby; sister and brother-in-law, Rachel and John Enns; and a brother, Willie Nickel.

A funeral memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton. There will be a private family burial.

Memorial donations may be made to Parkinson's Disease Research Fund, KU Medical Center, or Kinder Peace Gardens, Kidron Bethel Village. Petersen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.petersenfuneralhome.com
Published in The Kansan from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23, 2013
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