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Auker, Earl R., 77, passed away on August 16. Son of the late John and Beulah (Shelley) Auker, he was born July 8, 1933, in Thompsontown, Pa. A 1951 graduate of Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite High School, Earl earned an associate’s degree in agricultural business at the Pennsylvania State University’s Altoona campus. In 1976, he opened a John Deere dealership in Oakland Mills, Pa., and in 1983 he became a salesman for Leidy Chevrolet-Oldsmobile. In his retirement, he was a driver for Juniata County (Pa.) Head Start. He loved to tell stories and jokes, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family. He was a member of Cedar Grove BIC (Mifflintown, Pa.), where he served as deacon for 15 years. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rena; his five children, Jerry Auker, Timothy Auker, Waneta Mast, Christina Hunsberger, and Gwyn Gephart; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Rev. Warren Peachey officiated his funeral, which was held at Cedar Grove BIC. Interment took place at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Barkman, Ruth V., of Everett, Pa., passed away on August 21. Daughter of the late A. Cleveland and Bertha Mae (Conner) Clabaugh, she was born on December 11, 1925. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Violet Wakefoose and Mae Mearkle, and three brothers, Walter, Frank, and Bernard Clabaugh. An attendee of Clear Creek Brethren in Christ Church (Everett, Pa.), her funeral was held at Dalla Valle Funeral Home Chapel in Everett and was officiated by Rev. John E. Geyer. Interment took place at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

Boyd, Arnold, of Cleveland, Ohio, died on February 9. The son of Albert and Marie Boyd, he was born on May 3, 1924. He is survived by his wife, Peggy, and his daughters, Beverly and Susan. Funeral services were officiated by Pastor Steve Smith at Upland (Calif.) BIC. Interment took place in Whittier, Calif.

Cassady, Curtis L., of Lititz, Pa., passed away on November 25. Son of the late Colin and Winifred Cassady, he was born on March 1, 1928, in Haverhill, N.H. Curtis attended Haverhill Academy and served in the U.S. Navy from 1946-1948. He resided for several years in West Rutland and Wells River, Vt., and later moved to Lititz, where he lived for 32 years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Myrna. He is survived by his son, Gary; daughters, Judi McCullough, Laurie Thompson, and Leanne Cassady; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren. His funeral, held at Lancaster (Pa.) BIC, was officiated by Rev. James D. Ernst. Interment took place at Haverhill, N.H.

Coyler, Susan R., 36, of Mifflin County, Pa., passed away on March 5. Daughter of the late Raymond and Carol (Leister) Hoffman, she had been a member of Cedar Grove BIC Church (Mifflintown, Pa.), where she had served as custodian, worked with nursery and Sunday school administration, and played an active role on the flower and decorating committee. Most recently, she and her family had been attending Brown’s United Methodist Church (Cocolamus, Pa.). Surviving Susan are her husband of nearly 18 years, Todd Colyeer; her dauthers, Jenna Carol and Leah Rae; her sisters, Barbara Hornberger and Tracey Hanley; and her nieces, Alison Heidler, Elizabeth Heidler, and Miranda Hornberger. Rev. Ronald Landis officiated the funeral, which was held at Browns United Methodist Church (McAlisterville, Pa.), and interment took place at Cedar Grove Cemetery (Mifflintown).

Hall, Gladys M., of Hopewell Township, Pa., passed away on June 14. Daughter of the late Milton and Ella (Ford) Young, she was born on May 26, 1918. She is survived by daughters Ella Madonna Peachey, Judith A. Gonsman, and Glenda J. Johnson; sons Emanuel T. “Manny” Hall and Richard M. Hall; a sister, Faye Morton; 22 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Benjamin Hall; two sisters, Ruth Boor and Sue McFarland; an infant brother, Kenneth Young; and three adult brothers, Walter, Cyril, and Jesse Young. An attendee of Clear Creek BIC (Everett, Pa.), her funeral was held at St. Paul Reformed Church in Everett and officiated by Reverends Gary L. Sams and John E. Geyer. Interment took place at Yellow Creek (Pa.) Cemetery.

Henderson, Ruth Winnifred, 94, born January 19, 1916, to Walter and Emma Henderson, died peacefully at home in Stouffville, ON, on March 25. She was the last surviving member of the singing trio know as “The Henderson Sisters,” a group that sang in BIC churches and camp meetings across North America. Ruth and her sisters were also influential in the founding and establishment of Oak Ridges BIC (Richmond Hill, ON). Ruth was the loving sister of the late Myrtle Scharbach, Bernice Cassel, Helen Climenhage, Blance, Freda, and Melvin. She will also be missed by her nine nieces and nephews. A celebration of Ruth’s life was held at Oak Ridges on April 24, and officiated by Rev. Ken Smith. Interment took place at Heise Hill BIC (Gormley, ON). Adapted from the Toronto Star on April 3.