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H. Milford Ediger
Henry Milford Ediger, 88, passed away on Feb. 21, 2017, at Newton Presbyterian Manor and heaven gained one very stubborn Dutchman.
He was born to Henry Jacob and Lena (Voth) Ediger in Newton, Kansas. He grew up on the family farm on Dutch Avenue, outside of Buhler. He graduated from Newton High School in 1947.
Milford married Donna Kluge on Feb. 25, 1951, in Newton. They were together 55 years until her death in 2006.
He said that God made him a steward of the land, so he farmed and gardened for 70 years. He supplemented farming in the 1960s by working second shift as a welder at Full-Vision, Inc. and then Excel Industries.
He was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church in Newton.
He enjoyed old trucks, collecting petroleum memorabilia, and, as a tinkerer, could fix most anything.
Possessing a wonderful dry sense of humor, he loved visiting with family, friends and strangers. He cared for animals and adopted countless dogs and cats while living on his farm south of Peabody.
Milford’s life was forever changed when he was attacked in his farm house, and robbed, the night of Jan. 31, 2015. He was targeted by three men that left him bound and beaten. His arms and hands were permanently disabled, forcing him from the home and life he loved.
He was a friend and neighbor to so many and their continued visits would encourage him for the remainder of his life.
He is survived by daughters, Rebecca Ediger of Wichita and Melinda Lang and husband Steve of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Craig Lang and wife Heather of Burrton, and Abby Reed and husband Mark of Hutchinson; great-grandchildren, Wallace and Lily Lang of Burrton and Nathan and Tyler Reed of Hutchinson; and his son, Russell Ediger and partner, Jorge Menendez, of Overland Park.
He was blessed with loving nieces and nephews, Evy Hartman and husband Chester, Betty Ediger, and Ruby Stucky, all of Newton; Pete Ediger and wife Pat of Goessel; Cliff Ediger and wife Diana of Hillsboro; Vern Ediger and wife Sally and Donna Nightengale and husband Mike, all of Halstead; Janet Ediger of Burrton; Cathy McGuire and Jennifer Westerman and husband Emery, all of Nashville, Kansas; Bill McGuire and wife Anne of Mora, New Mexico; John McGuire and wife Tina of Claflin; and dear friends and neighbors Beverly Rosine and the Marvin Harms family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Donna; an infant sister, Martha; brothers, Edward H. Ediger and Marvin H. Ediger; and nephew Arthur D. Ediger.
The family would like to thank each and every staff member of Newton Presbyterian Manor for their loving care of Milford these past two years. They appreciate Harry Hynes Hospice caregivers for their added compassion in his final weeks.
At his request, there will be no funeral service or visitation. At a later date, family and friends will gather for a private interment at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Salem United Methodist Church, 115 Old Main Street, Newton, KS 67114-3750, or Caring Hands Humane Society, 1400 SE 3rd Street, Newton, KS 67114-4100.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent c/o Baker Funeral Home, 6100 E. Central, Suite 203, Wichita, KS 67203.