Collection 00/MS.153 - Esko Walter Loewen Papers

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US BCMLA 00/MS.153


Esko Walter Loewen Papers


  • 1881-1980 (Creation)

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Born 15 March 1917. Parents Peter Loewen and Katharina Riesen.

<em>Mennonite Weekly Review</em> obituary:

Esko W. Loewen, former Mennonite pastor and former dean of students at Bethel College, North Newton, died in Newton Jan. 10 at the age of 63.

Services were held Jan. 13 at the Bethel College Mennonite Church, with Pastor John Esau officiating.

Loewen had served as pastor of the Bethel College church from 1968 to 1977, and more recently had been pastor of the Zion Mennonite Church, Souderton, Pa. He had served earlier at Topeka, Ind. (1948-53) and at the Johannestal Mennonite Church, Hillsboro, Kan. (1956-60). Loewen was director of the Mennonite Central Committee program in The Netherlands from 1953 to 1956, and was dean of students at Bethel College from 1960 to 1968.

Survivors include his wodow, the former Alice Hostetler; a son, Ted of Reedley, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Margret Graber of North Newton and Mrs. Kathryn Simmons of Emporia; two brothers, Roland of Baytown, Tex. and Bruno of Athens, Ga.; and three grandchildren.

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The papers of Esko Walter Loewen were given to the MLA at various times during the 1980s and 1990s mostly by Alice Hostetler Loewen Kreider. A large accession came in 1992.

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Includes files from his institutional involvements such as Institute for Mennonite Studies and Board of Christian Service, family history materials, and files from congregations he served, such as Bethel College Mennonite Church and Zion Mennonite Church (Souderton, Pa.)

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open for research

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  • English
  • German

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