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Fast, Peter B. (1882-1966)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1966 Feb 24 p. 5

Birth date: 1882

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— Peter B. Fast, 83, lifelong resident of the Goessel community, died Feb. 16 at Bethesda Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Goessel Mennonite Church with the pastor, Rev. Levi Koehn, in charge. Surviving are his widow, the former Helena Balzer, four daughters, four sons, 25 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, on brother, I. B. Fast and one sister, Mrs. Anna Doth, both of rural Newton.

Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1966 Apr 21 p. 8

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Peter B. Fast, son of Isaac and Susanna Fast, was born in 1882 at Goessel, Kan. He reached the age of 83 years, three months, and 20 days.

He received his education in the Gnadenfeld School near Goessel, which later became Gordon School.

He was baptized upon his confession of faith in Jesus Christ as his Saviour May 31, 1903 by Elder Peter Balzer and received as a member of the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. On Jan. 12, 1910 he was united in marriage to Helena Balzer by Elder Peter Richert. This union was blessed with nine children.

Following his marriage, he transferred his church membership to the Tabor Church. On June 10, 1920, when the Goessel Mennonite Church was organized he transferred his membership to the Goessel Church, being one of the charter members. he remained a faithful member until his death.

Our parents had the privilege of celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary and on and on April 15, 1960, their golden wedding anniversary.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. As children we are thankful for the Christian training we received in our parents home. We will remember father as one who was interested in spiritual things. He was faithful in studying the Sunday school lessons and served as a teacher in Sunday school. Much time was spent in listening to sermons and religious music on the radio. Handel's "Messiah" was among his favorites. The welfare of his wife, children and grandchildren was his loving concern. Of particular enjoyment to him were the trips to visit the children.

His memory will be cherished by his wife Lena; the children, Mrs. Linda Frey of rural Newton, Anton and wife Betty of rural Newton, Arnold and wife Elsie of Hemet, Calif., Adina and husband Roy Schmidt of rural Newton, Irvin and wife Alice of Newton, Elda of the home, Orlando and wife Maxine of rural Moundridge, Ruth and husband, Howard Reather, Goldsboro, N. C.; one brother, I. B. Fast; a sister, Mrs. Anna Voth; 25 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friend. One son, Marvin, a son-in-law and two grandchildren preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held at the Goessel Mennonite Church on Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. with interment in the church cemetery. The officiating minister was Rev. Levi Koehn.

The Mennonite obituary: 1966 Mar 8 p. 164

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