In Memoriam

In Memoriam

We honor the amazing lives of our Midland alumni, faculty and staff. To notify us of a death of a classmate or family member, please email alumni@midlandu.edu or call 402-941-6055.

Billie Don Paden, 95 years, of Fremont, NE, a kind man with a generous heart was called home on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Billie Don was born May 24, 1922 in Rogers, NE to Preston and Clara (Reed) Paden. Bill graduated as valedictorian from North Bend High School in 1940. While he was attending...
Byron Swanson, 87, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Oct. 24, 2017. Born April 22, 1930, in Omaha to May and Ralph Swanson, Byron graduated from Benson High School in 1948, Augustana College in 1952 and Augustana Seminary in 1956. He married Kathryn Segerhammar on Oct. 26, 1956. Byron...
DR. LEO H. KIRCHHOFF 7/14/1938-10/24/2017 Dr. Leo Kirchhoff died at Enloe Medical Center, Chico, CA after a brief illness. Born on a small farm near Weeping Water, Nebraska, he frequently celebrated Bastille Day in Paris which is also his birthday. An enthusiastic educator, traveler, and world...
Mary Janet (Fenstermacher) Torrens, 97 years, of Fremont passed away Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont. Mary Janet was born April 24, 1920, in Saunders County to Irvin and Irene (Loudon) Fenstermacher. Her father died of a chronic illness when she was 5 years old, and her mother...
Martha Irene Sundberg, 94, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at Annie Jeffrey Health Center. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Swede Home, with Pastor Kimberly Belken officiating. Interment will be in Swede Home Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m...
Johnson, Leila Hope (Kennedy) Aug 6, 1921 - Oct 23, 2017 Hope was born to Willard Kennedy and Charlotte (Larson) Kennedy at home near Craig, NE. She had two siblings, James (Jim) and Nonie. Hope graduated from Craig High School in 1939. Hope graduated Cum Laude from Midland College in Fremont, NE...
Gary Lee Freeman passed away on Oct. 9, 2017, in his wife’s loving embrace; his three children were with him in spirit and prayer. He was 82, a resident of Fremont. Gary was born Aug. 10, 1935, to Garland and Leona Freeman. After graduating from Fremont High School at 16, he attended Wesleyan...
Born on Earth Day, April 22, 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska, Byron Ralph Swanson was an enthusiastic environmentalist way before his time! He spent his life recycling, composting, saving water and picking up trash - and the world is a more beautiful place because of his care and compassion for the earth!...
Watchorn, Donald C. Age 91 - Oct 20, 2017 Fremont, NE. Passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Don was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; parents, Walter and Pearl; 2 brothers; and 2 sisters. Don is survived by his daughter, Carolee and son-in-law Patrick Cronin, Fremont;...
Harold E. Meyer was born on September 28, 1949 in Oakland, Nebraska to Kermit and Grace Meyer. He was one of three sons in the Meyer family. Harold was baptized and confirmed at Elim Lutheran Church— Swaburg, southeast of Uehling, Neb. He graduated from Uehling High School and Midland Lutheran...

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