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Jake Waldner

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Our father, Jake David Waldner, a resident of Wylie, Texas, entered eternity the evening of Nov. 24, 2018 at Mustang Creek Assisted Living Center in Sachse, Texas.

Jake was born on April 16, 1932 to David Michael Waldner and Rebecca (Knels) Waldner in Tabor, S.D.

He was united in marriage to Sarah Hofer at Hutterthal Mennonite Church on Aug. 14, 1955. Sarah’s uncle, Rev. Jacob B. Hofer, performed the wedding ceremony. Sarah was the daughter of Joe A. and Mary J. Hofer of Dolton, S.D.

In the mid-50s, Dad and Mom spent three years in Karlsruh, Germany while dad was in the Army. While there, he operated Caterpillar machinery. After the Army, their daughter Linda Marie was born in 1958 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Dad worked for Hofer Brothers Construction in Bridgewater, S.D. and as a welder in Sioux Falls. Mom and Dad moved to Dallas, Texas in 1965 to pursue a career in electronics. Their son Tommy Joe was born in 1966. Dad retired from Rockwell International in 1992. Dad served faithfully for many years as chairman of deacons at First Baptist Church in Murphy, Texas. Mom and Dad celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a Caribbean cruise with their children and grandson. Mom passed away on Feb. 18, 2007.

Jake is survived by his children: Linda (Mike) Gruben of Dallas, Texas and grandson Michael (Bianca) Gruben-Trejo of Santa Clara, California, and Tommy (Melissa) Waldner of Arlington, Texas; and his brothers: Dave and Rev. Mike Waldner of Mitchell, S.D. He is preceded by his brothers, Eli and George Waldner, and his sister Rebecca (Waldner) Waldner. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and his church family and friends.

His funeral was held Monday, Dec. 3 at the Freeman Missionary Church in Freeman, S.D., with burial beside his wife at Schartner Mennonite Cemetery in Marion, S.D.