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Paul Oswald

d. December 29, 2016

Obituary of Paul Erb Oswald (April 9, 1919 – December 29, 2016) Paul Erb Oswald, North Newton, Kansas, died on December 29,2016. He was 97.

Paul was born on April 9, 1919, in O’Neill, Nebraska, to Jacob and Elizabeth Oswald. On October 5, 1941, he married Dorothy Mae Egli from Manson, Iowa, where he resided until June 2009, when he moved to North Newton, Kansas, and became an independent living resident of Kidron Bethel Village.

He began 42 years of association with the former Manson Implement Company in in 1943 and eventually became sole owner until his retirement in 1985. At that time, he sold the business, which is now known as Calhoun County Implement. His son, Neil Oswald, of Manson, managed this operation until fall 2016.

Paul was elected to the Manson School Board from 1959 to 1965 and served as president for three years. He was a member of the Manson Kiwanis Club and the Meridian Singers. Paul was named to the Board ofIowa Association of Farm Equipment Dealers’ Association for six years.

Paul was a 50-plus-year member of Manson Mennonite Church. He and his late wife, Dorothy, and their children were one of three families who helped start a Mennonite church in the Eastlawn Acres area of Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was named a “Friend” of Hesston (Kan.) College, and a “Partner” of Goshen (Ind.) College. He was elected a member of the international Mennonite Economic Development Association as the Iowa representative and was also active in Mennonite Disaster Service. After retirement, he and Dorothy volunteered for three years in Tuscon, Arizona, where they served as hosts for the Mennonite Voluntary Service unit. At the time of his death, he was a member of Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, Kansas.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Dorothy, in 1995, his parents, three brothers and three sisters. His survivors include five children: Jane Lambert (Vaughn) of Salina, Kansas; Paula McClave (Mac) of Billings, Montana; Neil Oswald (Kathy) of Manson; Brian Oswald (patti) of Chicago; and Laurie Oswald Robinson (Alfonso) of Newton, Kansas.

He is also survived by one brother and 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four step-great- grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

His local memorial service will be held at Kidron Bethel at 2:00 p.m., Monday January 2, 2016 with Pastor Rachel Ringenberg and Chaplain Eric Massanari presiding.

Another memorial service will follow at Manson Mennonite Church on Wednesday, January 4, 2016 at 10:30


a.m. A fellowship lunch and sharing time will be hosted in the Manson church hall following the


Any memorials are suggested to Kidron Bethel, Shalom Mennonite Church or Manson Mennonite Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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