Leonard Carl Wiebe

Leonard Carl Wiebe, 94, of Goshen, Ind., died April 3, 2024, at Greencroft Healthcare. He was born March 29, 1930, in Newton, Kan., to Henry J. and Eliese (Regier) Wiebe of Whitewater, Kan. He married Joan E. (Banman) Wiebe on May 28, 1957, in North Newton, Kan.

He attended the University of Kansas and graduated from Bethel College in North Newton. He paused college two years to serve at a polio hospital in Los Angeles with the national alternative service program, and it was through this service assignment that he felt called to become a pastor. He earned a bachelor of divinity degree from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and a master of sacred theology degree from Union Theological Seminary.

He and Joan pastored three churches over nearly 40 years. Two were urban church plants: Maplewood Mennonite in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Peace Community Mennonite in Aurora, Colo. In between, they served at Faith Mennonite in Newton. He also served the wider church in various roles. After retirement, he served six churches as either interim pastor or congregational coach, working in some pastoral capacity until age 90.

Leonard was an encourager, a good listener, a man of daily Bible reading and prayer, and beloved by many. He enjoyed gardening, camping, skiing, road trips and time with children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his children, Karen Wiebe (Anna Dennis) of Minneapolis, Brian (Brenda) Wiebe of Goshen and Jan Wiebe (Jonathan Andreas) of Bluffton, Ohio; six grandchildren; and his brother, Wilbert Wiebe of Whitewater. He was preceded in death by his wife in July 2023, as well as his brother Alfred Wiebe and sister Gertrude Roten.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. May 5 at Eighth Street Mennonite Church in Goshen. Memorial gifts may be given to Mennonite Mission Network or Mennonite Central Committee.


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