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Unrau, Peter V. (1880-1966)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1966 Jan 13 p. 5

Birth date: 1880

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• Funeral services were held Jan. 5 at the Eden Mennonite Church, Inola, Okla., for P. V. Unrau of Chouteau, who died there Jan. 2. At one time Mr. and Mrs. Unrau resided in the Goessel community. The William Unrau family of Freeman, S. D. had spent a week with his parents just before Mr. Unrau's death, and Rev. Unrau returned to Chouteau for the funeral. Another son, Walter D. Unrau and family are serving at Woodstock School in India. David V. Unrau of Newton is a brother of the deceased.

Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1966 Mar 3 p. 8

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Peter V. Unrau, son of Peter S. and Marie Voth Unrau was born on Nov. 29, 1880, in Marion County, Kan. He died Jan. 2, 1966. His early boyhood days were spent with his parents who lived on a farm near Goessel, Kan. Upon confession of his faith in Jesus Christ, he was baptized on May 18, 1902, by Rev. Peter Balzer in the Alexanderwohl Mennonite church near Goessel, Kan.

On Oct. 19, 1906, he was married to Helena Schmidt. Together they shared joys and sorrows for nearly 60 years. They chose farming as their occupation and settled down on a farm in the community where both of them had grown up. To this union were born nine children, five sons and four daughters. One little daughter, Linda, preceded him in death.

During the early years of their married life, many of the families in the community began looking for different locations in which to live. After much thought and prayer, they also decided to make a change. In 1917 they moved to Inola, Okla. where a small church and community had been organized. They joined the Eden Mennonite Church and became active in its growth and development. Here again they chose farming as their means of gaining a livelihood. During these pioneering years, life became very demanding for father. His concern was to provide a Christian home and environment in which he could rear his family.

In 1944 they decided to discontinue farming so they moved back on a small farm near Goessel, Kan. Again they joined the Alexanderwohl Church and lived a semi-retired life there for ten years. Since they felt they could still work, they decided to work one year at the Meadow Lark Rest Home near Newton, Kan.

In 1954 they decided to move back to their children who still lived in the Inola, Okla. vicinity. They again joined the Eden Church where he remained a faithful member until his death. For several years they lived on their farm, and in 1959 they moved to Chouteau where they lived a happy retired life.

During the summer of 1965 our father's health began to fail. Within a few months his condition became serious. On Jan. 2nd of this year his condition turned to a painful, suffering one. He was immediately taken to the Grand Valley Hospital in Pryor, where he passed away at 10:30 p.m. on the same day. He went to be with his Saviour at the age of 85 years, one month and four days.

Those remaining to cherish the memory of his life are his wife Helena; eight children, Mrs. Ella Pankratz, Inola, Okla.; Mrs. Martha Kopper, Newton, Kan.; Marvin Unrau, Downey, Calif.; Arthur and Rahlen Unrau, both of Inola, Okla.; Walter Unrau, Woodstock School, Landour, India; Mrs. Wilma Miller, Reedley, Calif.; and William Unrau, Freeman, S. D.; 23 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, David V. Unrau, Newton, Kan. and William V. Unrau, Moundridge, Kan.; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Franz, Mrs. Agatha Reimer, and Mrs. Margaret Schroeder, all of Goessel, Kan. and a host of friends and relatives.

Funeral services were held in the Eden Mennonite Church on Jan. 6 with Rev. G. B. Regier and E. A. Albrecht officiating.

The Mennonite obituary: 1966 Feb 1 p. 83

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