Isaiah L. Alderfer, 86, died Friday afternoon at his HarleysviIle residence, following years failing health. He was the husband of 31 years of Irene (Benner) Alderfer. His first wife, Lovina (Clemens) Alderfer preceded him in death in 1964.
Born in Harleysville, he was son of the late Harvey and Susan (Landes) Alderfer.
He learned farming from his father and was a dairy farmer on the homestead farm until 1951. He then worked as a painter for the late Jacob Allebach of Harleysville for seven years. Following that, he was employed as a carpenter for building contractor, Willard Shisler, also of Harleysville, for mar years.
Mr. Alderfer was simultaneously involved in church activities. In 1947. he was ordained a deacon of Perkiomenville Mennonite Church and in 1975 he was ordained Bishop of the same congregation and served in both capacities until the 1980s when his health began failing. During this period he shared preaching responsibilities with other congregational leaders from 1951 to 1972 he was chairman of the Franconia Mennonite Mission Board and later had bishop oversight of outlying mission congregations affiliated with the Franconia Mennonite Conference. He also served on the Leadership Commission of the Franconia Conference, was a member of the Religious Welfare Committee of Schools affiliated with the Conference, and was a committee member of the Young People Institute sponsored by the Conference. Through the years he taught Bible ctasses in various Mennonite churches. His service to the Franconia Mission Board involved being a member of deputation teams to Cuba and Mexico on several occasions.
He was a longtime member Perkiomenville Mennonite Church.
His special interests included reading and music.
Besides his wife, Irene, he is survived by three daughters, Rhoda Benner and her husband Gerald, of Ambler, Lois Zook an her husband Mervin, of Schwenksville and Rachel Hartzler and her husband, Bruce, of Orrville, Ohio 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sons, Ralph Alderfer and his wife, Doris, of Salfordville and David Alderfer of Harleysville; two sisters, Mariam Nyce of Souderton and Mildred Bucher and her husband, John, of Salunga; and a sister-in-law, Ann Alderfer, of Souderton.
Besides his first wife, he was preceded in death by a stillborn daughter; a grandson; and brother, Walter Alderfer.
Services will be Wednesday evening in the Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home in Souderton.
(From Souderton Independent newspaper)
Harvey M Alderfer (1884 - 1960)
Susan T Landes Alderfer (1886 - 1975)
Lovina S. Alderfer (1914 - 1964)*
Souderton Mennonite Church Cemetery
Created by: C. Schuyler
Record added: Jun 07, 2010
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