Gail W. Reusser
MOUNDRIDGE -- Gail W. Reusser, 87, of Moundridge died Thursday (June 21, 2001) at Via Christi Medical Center-St. Francis Campus.
Reusser was born April 28, 1914, in Harvey County to Abraham C. and Mabel (Schlender) Reusser near Moundridge, the first of seven children.
He spent his youth mostly in Kansas and graduated from Moundridge High School. As a young man, he grew to love baseball, which remained a lifelong passion, actively playing third base until he was almost 50 years old.
He married Selma Ediger Dec. 10, 1943, at Newton Mennonite Church. She survives. Reusser lived in Walton for 50 years, and moved back to Moundridge five years ago.
When he was 22 years old, the family lost their father, and Reusser assumed care and responsibility for his mother and six younger brothers and sisters. In 1946, he and his wife moved into Walton and purchased the Walton Oil Co., a gasoline and hardware store, which also served over the years as a social club, coffee meeting place, school tutoring class location and sweet shop.
He was a member of the Bethel College Mennonite Church and the Golden Circle Camping Club, the Shoe Scuffers Square Dance Club of Hesston. He volunteered in national parks. In addition, he was Walton city clerk for 11 years, council member for 10 and treasurer for three.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Marjorie Bahre and Marilyn Meacham; and a brother, Dick Reusser.
Other survivors include daughters Joan Turtetsky of Fairfax, Va., Beverly Reusser of Washington, D.C., and Mary Reusser of Kansas City, Mo.; brothers Dwaine Reusser and Loren Reusser, both of Newton; sister Helen Ediger of Wichita; three grandchildren; and a host nephews and nieces.
Services are 1 p.m. Monday at the Bethel College Mennonite Church with the Revs. Heidi Regier Kreider and Steve Yoder officiating. Burial will follow at the First Church of Christian Cemetery in Moundridge. Visitation is 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in Hesston, also prior to the services Monday at Bethel College Mennonite Church. Family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.