Paul W. Tschetter, 97, pastor, printer, Bible teacher, died June 22, 2014, in Phoenix, Ariz.
He was born Feb. 15, 1917, in Hydro, Mont., to Peter P. and Caroline Dirks Tschetter. He was married to Mary Quiring Tschetter, who preceded him in death in March 2011.
Most of his grade school and high school years were spent in Bridgewater and Freeman, S.D. He graduated from Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., in 1937. In his last year there, he met his future wife.
He and Mary began their lives together in Peoria, Ill., where he worked for R.G. LeTourneau, Peoria. Four daughters were born to them in these years: Evelyn Ruth, Wilma Kay, Lois Anne and Martha Louise. Beginning in 1941, he also began serving the Mennonite Church of Congerville, Ill., as supply pastor. This led to his being called to the Mennonite Church in Butterfield, Minn., in 1946, where he served for six years. Three more children were born to them in these years: Alan Roy, John Paul and Irene Marie. In 1954 the family moved to Winona Lake, where he worked for the Free Methodist Publishing House for most of his 26 years there. Twins Timothy Wayne and Thomas Glen joined the family during this time. Timothy died at the age of 4 months.
After retirement in 1979, he and Mary moved to Smolan, Kan., where they first attended Sunset Bible Chapel and then First Covenant Church in Salina. He wa active in teaching Sunday school classes and in leading Bible study discussion groups. Major activities during these years were gardening, reading, playing Scrabble and chess, hiking and visiting their scattered family. In 1991, they lost their daughter, Wilma Kay, as a result of a brain tumor.
In 2010, he and Mary celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at a favorite spot in the Rocky Mountains, rejoicing together in the Lord’s goodness to the family over those many years.
After losing his wife in 2011, he moved to Phoenix to live with his daughter, Irene Totel, and her husband, David, who have cared for him until his death.
Surviving are three sons: Alan Tschetter, Shelbourn Falls, Mass.; John Tschetter, Nashua, Iowa; Thomas (and spouse Susan) Tschetter, St. Louis, Mo.; four daughters: Evelyn Tschetter, Phoenix, Ariz.; Lois (and spouse Bruce) Hoyt, Oamaru, New Zealand; Martha (and spouse Ronald) Holder, Knoxville, Tenn.; and Irene (and spouse David) Totel, Phoenix; a sister, Caroline Jones, San Antonio, Texas; 14 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death a brother, Richard Tschetter; and a sister, Eva Ruth Trammel.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Halstead Cemetery, Halstead. A memorial service will at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Covenant Church, Salina.
Ryan Mortuary, Salina, Kan., is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials to World Missionary Press, in care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. 8th St. Salina, KS 67401.