Book of Remembrance

We remember those who have given the gift of love and support through their estate giving. The Book of Remembrance honors the lives and legacies of our donors who have so faithfully supported our mission.

Mary Abts

Mary C. Abts, 100, of Overland Park, Kan., died Wednesday, July 30, 2014 of natural causes. Mary lived a full, good life, and was surrounded by family and friends, many of whom helped her celebrate her 100th birthday in January.

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Mary was born January 16, 1914 in Iola to Morris H. and Catherine Abts. She graduated from grade school, high school and junior college in Iola, then studied at the University of Kansas. A fierce Jayhawk, Mary got her undergraduate and master of science degrees from KU and began a long, successful career as a medical technologist and educator in her field, mentoring hundreds of health care professionals in over 50 years of service.

During World War II, she served as a WAVE officer (lieutenant, j.g.) working as part of the U.S. biological warfare program, conducting research to protect the country from attack. After her service from 1943 – 1946, she remain in Naval Reserve through 1954. One of the highlights of Mary’s later years was her inclusion on a 2008 “Honor Flight” in recognition of her service during World War II.

She worked at Kansas City’s St. Joseph Hospital for 26 years, where she was named Employee of the Year for her remarkable work and dedication. She retired in 1976, but returned to work at Olathe Community Hospital before retiring again in 1986.

Mary was a member of the American Society for Medical Technologists and the American Legion Dwight Cowles Post. She was a devoted member of the St. Agnes Catholic Parish, and a resident of Roseland Park for five decades. In 2000, Mary moved to The Atriums in Overland Park, living there independently until June 2014. She loved her life and neighbors there and considered the staff to be great friends.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sister Maureen Abts; her sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Jim Scott; her brother and sister-in-law Maurice and Julia Abts; and her brothers-in-law Bud Lackey and Dale Robinson.

She is survived by her sisters, Louise Lackey and Frances Robinson, and three generations of nieces and nephews and their families, all of whom loved her and will miss her terribly.

Ruth E. Adomeit

Ruth E. Adomeit died February 16, 1996 at the age of 86 while residing at the Judson Park Retirement Community. Miss Adomeit was born in Cleveland. She lived in the large family home all of her lifetime. She worked as a secretary at the Cleveland Institute of Art and as an elementary school teacher.

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Miss Adomeit was an internationally known collector of miniature books and pre-Columbian artifacts. She was an arts patron who sponsored many shows and events. Her late father, George Adomeit, was considered an outstanding painter of the Cleveland School movement and was the owner of the Coxton Printing Company.

She started her collection of miniature books when her father gave her a couple while she was a student at Wellesley College. The collection grew to include more than 8,000 books. In 1988, she placed 3,500 of her volumes on exhibit at the Cleveland Public Library. Some of the books were hundreds of years old; including one that had been written by hand in 1320. It was believed to have been the largest exhibit of miniature books ever held.

Miss Adomeit was also interested in natural history and the environment. Among the organizations she supported were the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Nature Conservancy, and Heifer International.

A memorial was established in 1996 with Heifer International Foundation from the bequest and annuity funds of Ruth Adomeit totaling $21,353. Every year, income from the Ruth Adomeit Memorial will be used by Heifer International to help families produce food and income for themselves.

Caroll Isaac Alger

Carroll Isaac Alger was born in Missouri, February 4, 1909 but moved to Ohio at an early age. The Oldest of four siblings, Carroll, at age 13, assumed responsibility for the family when his father died; taking on a quiet leadership he lived throughout his life.

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He was always active within the Church of Brethren in the Northwestern Ohio District; he served in local congregations at denominational gatherings, and engaged in related mission work.

Carroll served others willingly and with skill. He helped after the floods in Pennsylvania, the Kokokahi Hunger Mission in Hawaii, as well as projects closer to his home. His vocational activities included Swift & Co. Creamery in Lima, and JR Watkins Co. home sales in Hardin County, Ohio.

Carroll died as he lived, at peace with God and neighbor, and in love, January 4, 1998.

A memorial was established in 1998 with Heifer International Foundation with a gift from Robert J. Alger of Ado, Ohio. Every year, income from the Carroll I. Alger Memorial will be used by Heifer International to help families produce food and income for themselves.

Robert P. Allen

Robert was born in 1904 in Abingdon, Illinois and moved with parents in 1906 to Monrovia, California where he attended local schools. He obtained degrees in Entomology; B.S. 1934, M.S. 1952. From 1939 to 1943 he was employed by the USDA in the Migratory Labor Program as a grant supervisor and Camp Manager.

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In 1943 Robert began a career, as an entomologist with the state of California, Department of Food and Agriculture and in 1947 was one of the first three in the new Pest Detection Program. He was best known as an avid collector and curator of insects. Thousands of his specimens are in the California State collection in Sacramento, at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and other museums.

In 1941 he married Anna. Later, they moved with their three children to riverfront property in LaGrange, CA where they lived for 43 years. They later made their home in Mt. Angel, Oregon. They were charter members of the Oakdale Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

After retirement in kept several hives of honeybees and helped other beekeepers. Robert belonged to many professional and charitable organizations, including Entomological Society of America, the Pacific Coast Entomological Society, Nature Conservancy to name a few. He enjoyed the outdoors for work and recreation. He also an outdoorsman and in his final years he climbed Mt. Angel 49 times before breaking his hip at age 98.

He is survived by daughter Karen of Grass Valley, California, sons Perry of Albany, Oregon, Peter of Silverton, Oregon, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Many families will be assisted through the contributions Robert made to Heifer International Foundation.

Arvid L. Anderson

Born the son of Lars and Ellen Anderson, he graduated from Stetson High School in Randolph, attended Gordon College and Gordon School of theology with a masters degree in 1940. He later did graduate work at Harvard Divinity School and Bridgewater State college and received a masters degree in education in 1967. Arvid L. Anderson was ordained at Avon Baptist Church on September 27, 1937, and from 1936 until 1952 he served Baptist churches.

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He joined the US Army Reserve and served on active duty as chaplain in Korea from 1952-1954, during which time he co-founded the SHIN Ae Won Orphanage at Wonju, South Korea. He served a total of 22 years in the Army Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1974. After retirement he served interim pastorates at First congregational Church in Plympton and United Church of Assonet.

A memorial was established in 1999 with Heifer International Foundation from the bequest of Arvid L. Anderson totaling $5,000. Every year, income from the Arvid L. Anderson Memorial will be used by Heifer International to help families produce food and income for themselves.

Betty Jane Applegate

A memorial was established in 1996 with Heifer International Foundation from the bequest and annuities of Betty Jane Applegate.

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Every year, income from the Betty Jane Applegate Memorial will be used by Heifer International to help families produce food and income for themselves.

George W. Aschenbrenner

George Aschenbrenner was born on August 6, 1911, in Covina, CA. Mr. Aschenbrenner was a member of the Claremont United Methodist Church. He was a founding member of the Y.M.C.A. in Covina and the Pomona Valley Stamp Club. Mr. Aschenbrenner was also affiliated to the Wycliffe Bible Translators and was a contributor to the Claremont School of Theology.

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He was very involved in the work of Heifer International. He was one of the original Heifer cowboys. In 1948 he delivered goats to Japan, which was a life changing experience for him.

George W. Aschenbrenner passed away on July 3rd, 2003 in Claremont, California.

A memorial was established in 2003 with Heifer International Foundation with the bequest and annuity reserves of George Aschenbrenner. Every year, income from the George W. and Annette M. Aschenbrenner Memorial Endowment will be used by Heifer International to help families produce food and income for themselves.

Roy Awalt

Roy was born in Arkansas City, Kansas, on January 15, 1932, to Jack and Edith Cook Awalt. He spent most of his youth in Denver, and Zionsville.

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Roy graduated from Indiana University with a degree in chemistry in 1954. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force and served three years as a Special Weapons Officer. He worked in the laboratory at Shell Oil in southern California, but soon realized he was much more of a people person, and sought an outside sales position. Roy was hired by Beckman Instruments and spent 26 years as a very successful sales engineer in their Analytical Instruments Division.

He was a natural leader and a natural athlete. He pursued excellence and adventure in most things he did. His zest for life led him to pursue many sports and pastimes. He was especially passionate about skiing and riding his BMW motorcycles. In retirement, he obtained his pilot’s license and pursued golf, swimming and fitness.

Roy will be remembered for his faith in God, love of his church, devotion to family, loyalty to friends, generosity of spirit, a “wicked” sense of humor, and his richly resonant bass voice.


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