Harold Kreider

Harold Glenn Kreider, 97, died Feb. 19, 2022. He was born May 3, 1924, to John F and Mattie (Hinkle) Kreider. He was the eldest of 10 children and grew up on the family farm in Palmyra, Mo.


He married Roberta Showalter in May 1946.

He served in Civilian Public Service, stationed in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Gulfport, Miss. He attended Hesston College in Kansas and graduated from Goshen College and Goshen Biblical Seminary in Indiana.

He served as pastor at Hannibal Mission Church in Missouri and Osceola Mennonite Church in Indiana. He was part of the ministerial teams at Walnut Hill Mennonite Church in Goshen and Perkasie Mennonite Church in Pennsylvania. In more recent years, he and Roberta were active in LGBT and church concerns.

He worked in construction in various locations. Over the years, he built or remodeled several of the family’s homes. He stayed connected to his farming roots, enjoying gardening into his latter years. Having lived the farming transition from horses to tractors, he developed a hobby collection of antique model tractors, especially those familiar to his childhood years.

He touched many lives and modeled a life of faith and service. In keeping with that spirit and per his wishes, his body has been donated to science. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Mennonite Central Committee.

Survivors include his wife of 76 years, Roberta; two daughters: Evelyn (Nelson) Martin and Bonita (Dean) Nussbaum; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda; and a great-granddaughter, Liza Martin.

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