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Reep, Orvall Allen. (Obituary)  Orvall Allen Reep, 80, of Amarillo, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Greenwood Cemetery, Newton, Kan. Arrangements are by Schooler Gordon Funeral Directors, 5400 Bell St., and Peterson's Family Funeral Home in Newton. Mr. Reep was born in Pratt, Kan. He served in the Navy as a seabee and was employed as a tool and die maker. In Burrton, Kansas, he was a member of the Methodist Church and Masonic Blue Lodge. In 1992, he moved to Amarillo from Wichita, Kan. He married Jimmie Haynes in 1974 at Hutchinson, Kan. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Vivian Woods Reep, in 1973. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Gary Alexander of Springfield, Mo., and Don Alexander of Wichita; three daughters, Pat Shrader of Dodge City, Kan., Sandra Buller of Bowling Green, Va., and Debra Renner of Palmer, Alaska; a brother, Clarence "Bud" Reep of Strang, Okla.; a sister, Lucille Keller of Lyons, Kan.; 14 grandchildren; and five greatgrandchildren. The family suggests memorials be to Hospitality House of Amarillo, Veterans Administration Medical Center or Alzheimer's Association Panhandle Chapter.

Regier Regier, Harold.  "Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) honored Newton resident Harold Regier at its patrons appreciation gala July 15th at Bethel College. Recipient of the first KIPCOR Peacemaker Award, Regier was introduced by Ron Braun, director of Mennonite Central Committee Central States Region in North Newton and member of the award selection committee. "What a surprise to be honored in this way for this Peacemaker's Award!" Regier told the 80 KIPCOR supporters who attended. "I feel like I am among many peacemakers here. Peace is what life is about." The award recognizes Regier's peace efforts that have spanned four decades of active peacemaking. In the 1960s he and his wife, Rosella, confronted racism and poverty in Gulfport, Miss., during a nine-year term with the General Conference Mennonite Church Board of Missions. "They found themselves working in a black community blighted by poverty and racism in a decade when the church's mission of peacemaking in segregated, and often violent, Mississippi was a unique challenge," Braun said in his presentation. From 1970-79 Regier served as secretary for Peace and Social Concerns with the General Conference Mennonite Church Commission on Home Ministries. His peacemaking efforts during this decade addressed draft counseling and alternatives to military participation, war taxes, farm issues, prison ministries and criminal justice. Beginning in 1981 and continuing until his retirement in 1998, Regier's efforts served the Offender/Victim Ministries program. He helped form a committee which began the M-2 prison visitation program at Hutchinson Correctional Facility (HCF) and then served as the M-2 director. The program grew and, at one point, there were as many as 150 one-on-one matches with inmates. In the early 1980s, Regier began VORP (Victim Offender Reconciliation Program) in Harvey County. Regier founded the Shoplifters Education Program in 1986. He proposed and led the VORP in Prison program in its pilot at HCF. "For the past 40 years, Harold Regier has dedicated his life to that of being a peacemaker," Braun said. "He has been committed to working at issues that at times were not popular but has proven himself faithful." "Today, African-Americans and whites in Mississippi, farmers in past crises, draft age people who have gone on with their lives, prisoners who have experienced a caring relationship and a multitude of others are witness to the commitment, dedication and spirit which Harold has demonstrated in his life," Braun said in closing. Regier graduated from Burrton High School in 1949, studied at Bethel from 1949-50, taught in a one-room school at Elbing and later completed his Bethel degree. He completed seminary and was ordained in the early 1960s. In the early '80s, he served as pastor of Walton Mennonite Church
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 

 

   

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