Edwin J Regier was born on June 28, 1923 at Bethel Deaconess Hospital in Newton to Bernhard (Ben C) and Agatha (Andres) Regier. He passed away at the age of 91 on January 10, 2015 at home. Edwin was a lifelong member of First Mennonite Church in Newton where he was baptized at the age of 18. On May 2, 1950 he married Ella Kroeker. They were blessed with six children, 23 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Ella, and a sister (Anna Harder). Children and their families are:
Jerry and Donna (deceased) Regier; children Rachel and Chris Pardee, Melanie Regier, and Greg and Rachel Regier
Jan and Haig Antranikian; children Valerie Antranikian (deceased), Justin and Sarah Antranikian, Isaac
Chuck and Bev Regier; children Laura and Greg Myers, Luke, Aaron, Sarah; Ben and Andrea Regier, Charlie; Becca Regier, Ron Regier, James Regier, Wes Regier, Tim Regier
Ruth and Dwayne Abrahams; Nathan Abrahams and Liz Weidner, Kristen Abrahams, Mark and Amanda Abrahams, Jolene; Kaitlin Abrahams
Dwight and Janet Regier; children Daniel Regier and Sara Rickard, Miriam Regier, Peter Regier
Ken and Amy Regier; children Erin Regier, Austin Regier, Addie Regier, Eli Regier
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother (Herman Regier), a sister (Clara Schmidt), a daughter in law (Donna Regier), and a granddaughter (Valerie Antranikian).
Edwin was active on many boards; Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale, Butler Rural Electric Association, Bethel Deaconess Hospital, Walton State Bank, and Kidron-Bethel Retirement Center.
Edwin farmed east of Newton all his life. It was something he loved to do, but he also found time to restore a model T, two Model A’s, and four International Harvester tractors. He loved playing banjo with family and friends, and could be found at coffee every morning. He was known for his quiet, deep faith, his love for the Lord, and his love for his family.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 15, 11:00 a.m. at First Mennonite Church, 429 E 1st Newton. A visitation is scheduled Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at Petersen Funeral Home. The family will be present to greet friends from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Interment will precede the service at 9:30 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery.
Memorials can be directed to: First Mennonite Church, Newton, Mennonite Central Committee, and Mennonite Mission Network. Petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com.