ROY JOSEPH FERTIG
 
Roy Joseph Fertig and Sarah Ruth Yocum
Wedding Day - February 3, 1914
 
Roy J. Fertig
 
Roy Fertig with children:
Left to right: Lorene Estelle, Betty June, Mary Lou, Carl Allen and Irene Ruth
 
Roy Fertig and Ella Frieda Jost
Wedding Day - March 25, 1934
 
Carl Fertig
Died tragically at age 28 from burns in a wheatfield fire in Baca County, Colorado
 
Roy J. Fertig family:
Left to right: back row:  Bob Jost, Otto Jost, Velma (Fertig) Root, Ella Mae (Jost) Fertig, Stan Fertig, Mary Lou Fertig, Raymond Fertig, next row: Irene (Fertig) Jost, Lorene (Fertig) Jost, Clinton Jost, Betty June (Fertig) Dewey holding Glenn Dewey, Roy Fertig, Devon Dewey holding Marvin Dewey, next row: Robetta (Jost) Trapp, Lynn Jost, Rita (Dewey) Officer, Kenneth Dewey, Dennis Dewey, front row: Nancy (Jost) Ozick, Ruth (Jost) Lawlor
 
Roy Fertig and Ella Jost - 1969:
Left to right, back row: Betty June, Lorene, Raymond, Irene, Mary Lou
 
Roy Fertig family - Spring 2003:
Left to right: Irene, Lorene, Betty June, Mary Lou, Raymond and Velma
 
Roy Fertig family - Thanksgiving 2003:
Left to right:  Lorene, Irene, Raymond, Mary Lou, Betty June and Stanley
 
Robert Clinton "Bob" Jost and Irene Ruth Fertig
April 27, 1981 - 40th Wedding Anniversary
 
Roy's John Deere tractor
Pencil sketch by Irene Ruth (Fertig) Jost - 2004
 
FERTIG
ROY J.
JAN. 1, 1893
SEPT. 27, 1971
ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THEM THAT LOVE GOD - ROM. 8:28
 
RUTH YOCUM
FERTIG
1892   1928
ELLA F. JOST
FERTIG
1901   1987
 
Roy J. Fertig was this writer's father, I call him "Daddy".  Others have referred to him as "a godly man". As Psalms I:2,6a says, "his delight was in the law of the Lord and His law he ponders day and night...for the Lord knows the way of the righteous".  My father was a man who was unselfish, kind, humble and loving.  He lived his convictions which were "in-line" with the Scriptures.  Did he fail?  Sometimes, but he always had hope even in the face of very great difficulties.
 
His source of strength came from a daily intake of God's word and frequent prayer.  Often I heard my father quote scripture for he knew the Holy Spirit used it to discern the thoughts of the heart.  Daddy was a man who had wisdom and practiced diligence in training and nurturing his children.  Matched with daily instruction from the scriptures was prayer - "effectual and righteous" - for each one of us.  He saw each of us as an arrow with the potential of hitting the mark of fulfilling God's purpose for our individual life.
 
My father loved all of his family and neighbors.  He tried to help everyone he could and loved to give, it seemed, he was adept at finding ways to share garden produce and dairy products.  Daddy's heart went out to those who had anguish or heartaches.  He was heard praying in his "quiet place" many times for such persons.  I thank God for a father who feared God because he understood Micah 6:8 "He has declared to you, O man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God?".  Daddy lived a responsive life with a grateful attitude to his merciful heavenly father.
 
Romans 8 was one of Daddy's favorite passages from the Bible.  Many, many times he shared with the heavenly Father and anyone else present Romans 8:1-28.  He daily drew strength from the text.  He also had a broad knowledge of the Bible which made all the difference in the challenges of his life.
 
Roy Joseph Fertig was born on January 1, 1893 on a farm near Larned, Pawnee County, Kansas.  He was the second son of John William Fertig and Virginia Elizabeth Umberger.  Roy graduated from Southwestern Academy in Winfield and attended Larned High School, Larned, KS.  He was raised in a God fearing home and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior early in life.
 
Roy was united in marriage with Sarah Ruth Yocum on February 3, 1914 in the Methodist Church Parsonage in Seward, KS by Reverend D.L. Darby.  Ruth was born on September 11, 1892, Stafford County, Kansas, the daughter of Samuel Yocum and Sarah Louisa Rizor. While dating, Roy expressed his deep affection towards Ruth by writing notes on decorative cards in Latin to her.
 
Roy and Ruth's marriage was honored and blessed by the coming of five children: Carl Allen (b. 1915), Lorene Estelle (b. 1918), Irene Ruth (b. 1921), Betty June (b. 1924) and Mary Lou (b. 1927).  The family resided on a farm approximately six miles south and one half mile east of Radium, KS.  Roy provided a livelihood by farming, however, his sole objective in life was to please Christ.
 
My Daddy and Mother loved music.  As a family, we sang regularly.  Our favorites were hymns, but we also enjoyed other old songs, a few western songs and classical music.  My mother was an accomplished pianist.
 
Ruth became critically ill, as a result of surgery following the birth of her last child and peritonitis took her life.  Ruth was ushered into the presence of the Lord on March 22, 1928 at the age of only 35.
 
Daddy began full time care of a baby girl in March 1928.  Mary Lou was nine months old when her mother died following an "unclean surgery" (quote from Doctor's daily journal).  Thrust into parenting five children alone was not an easy assignment for my father.  His heart was ripped in two at the passing of my mother that windy March evening.  Only a few hours before he was anticipating Ruth's coming home for a complete restoration of health, and now, he was sterilizing bottles and preparing meals for his hungry children.
 
Ruth is remembered as being the cohesive, serene member of the family; enjoying fun and good humor and being able to put others at ease while keeping circumstances under control.  She chose for herself to be consecrated to the glorious purpose of being a follower of Jesus Christ; she practiced daily meditation in God's Word, confiding in private personal prayer for her good works in the whole concourse of living.  This is clearly disclosed in her personal correspondence.
 
The circumstances and occasion of Ruth's death are both painful and affecting to this very day.  In the mingling splendor of development in her chosen purpose as a women, she fell "beside the altar."  She was faithful to her call, skillful in homemaking, virtuous as a mother, exemplary in character and distinctive in her mental intent.  There was no superficiality or pretentiousness about my mother.
 
Sarah Ruth was a person of strong attachments, of an amiable, benevolent disposition.  She had a kind heart, an alert mind, and a keen sense of beauty and orderliness.  She tastefully expressed her aesthetic interests in the atmosphere of the home.  Those who knew her testify to her happy, gentle nature, which often turned difficult problems into echoes of joyous expression. 
 
Ruth enjoyed the family circle and cherished her friends.  These were a constant witness of her dutiful living and they received the benefit of her instruction and the inspiration of her affectionate attention.  All should emulate-- some may equal, but few rival or excel her Christian devotion and adherence in utter trust of all she was or hoped to be to her heavenly Father's wisdom.
 
Ruth died in the thirty-fifth year of her life.  As her child, she seemed prematurely taken from us.  She was called away so quickly--and her tongue was motionless in death.  The voice that brought so much pleasure and delight would not be heard except in memory.  Beyond the realm of illness, and storms of this life; she was freed to respond in joy in the peaceful, glorious heavenly home prepared especially for her.
 
The spot where her body was laid to rest is remembered with a fond and soothing reverence; a place I have visited in the midst of my sorrows and have left inspired to “press on for the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus."
 
Roy, a 35 year old widower with five children, and a farmer, had to come up with a plan which would allow him to be in the fields a given number of hours each week.  He prayed asking God to work in his heart and mind so the children could all be fed and the farm chores be done twice a day.  There were chickens and turkeys to feed, cows to milk and horses to care for, as starters.  The older three children were in grade school.
 
When he went to the field to work with the John Deere tractor he would take Mary Lou a supply of diapers and a bottle of formula he had prepared.  I don't know if he ever took anything for himself.  He always thought of others needs.  Daddy had prepared a special safe place for my baby sister right where he could keep his eyes on her.  He took an apple box, lined it with soft material, put a special pillow in the bottom of it for a mattress, covered it with a small sheet, wrapped her in a baby blanket (when appropriate, or another sheet) and sat the box between the steering wheel and the motor; then he worked the fields.  When she needed attention he would stop and care for her needs, then proceed to go on with the work in the field.  When hungry her food was warm as he had figured out a way to capture heat from the manifold sufficient to bring the formula to luke warm.
 
My father was the parent who reared the five of us and became our role model of a Godly man's life.  He was an amazing gentleman who led by example as long as God honored and graced our lives with his presence.  "He loved others" is the caption below his picture in the Stafford County Museum a few miles east of St. John, KS.  What a great Dad he was.  He was our hero!  God blessed us in an unusual way!
 
Six years after Ruth's death, on March 25, 1934, Roy married Ella Frieda Jost in the Gnaudenau Mennonite Brethren Church in Marion County, KS.  Ella was born on October 21, 1901, the daughter of Peter R. Jost and Agnes Flaming near Hillsboro, Marion County, KS.
 
"Mom" (as we called Ella) had been a nurse for sometime and suddenly she was a wife and mom of five children whose ages ranged from six to eighteen years of age.  What a challenge for all involved.  Soon the oldest child would go to business school leaving the four daughters who were in grade school, junior high school and high school.
 
Mom enjoyed baking and she soon had the house smelling like a bakery.  There was homemade bread, oatmeal cookies, up-side down cake, ziebach, and pies of variety at dinner.  She was an expert at making noodles, so we all enjoyed chicken-noodle soup and borscht.  She enjoyed handwork, particularly croqueting, tatting, and sewing.  Mom enjoyed participating in church services and especially the Women's Missionary Society.  Her father was a pastor and she grew up having missionaries in her daily life many times.  She also enjoyed Home Demonstration Unit with neighbors and friends.  They met on a monthly basis.  Mom sang well and had sung in a Ladies Quartet prior to marriage.  In time Roy and Ella Fertig had three children; Velma Mae (b. 1935), Stanley Roy (b. 1937) and Raymond Jost (b. 1940).  These children added much joy to their life and to the whole family.
 
Roy was a godly man of integrity.  He had an exemplary character and lived an upright life Friends of the family had exclaimed that Roy was the godliest man that they had ever known.  He irreproachably shepherded his family by conducting devotions and Bible reading every day.  At the dinner table, Roy would have his children turn their chairs around to kneel and pray.  He led the family in prayer and his children joined him as they grew in grace.
 
In 1964, Roy with his wife Ella, retired from farming and relocated from the Radium community to St. John, KS.  They joined in fellowship with the United Methodist Church in St. John.  Roy entered into Glory on September 27, 1971 in St. John, at the age of 78.  The memory of his life is sweet like the fragrance that lingers when the flowers have closed at sunset.
 
After Roy's death, Ella relocated to Great Bend in 1973 and attended the First United Methodist Church.  She then became a resident at the Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood.  She passed over to her heavenly home on July 15, 1987 in the Central Kansas Medical Center at 85 years of age.
 
Mom enjoyed music in life and one of my last memories is of Raymond my brother, Bob my husband and me singing hymns to her.  "My God and I walk hand in hand together.  We love to walk and talk as good friends often do.  We clasp our hands; our voices ring with laughter, My God and I walk on eternally. (Repeat the last line)." - This was perhaps her favorite.  We sang it in three part harmony that day to her.  She joined in and sang with us a few hours before she expired.  "Precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of his saints."  Her death is precious to me.
 
Roy Joseph Fertig is interred with his wive's Ruth and Ella and a son, Carl, in the Point View Cemetery, Pawnee County, KS.
 
Irene Ruth (Fertig) Jost
June 2004
 
CHILDREN OF ROY JOSEPH AND SARAH RUTH:
Carl Allen, born November 4, 1915, married Gladys Frances Chenoweth and died August 1, 1944
Lorene Estelle, born March 28, 1918 and married Otto Goldbeck Jost
Irene Ruth, born April 1, 1921 and married Robert Clinton "Bob" Jost
Betty June, born June 8, 1924 and married Devon William Dewey
Mary Lou, born June 6, 1927
 
CHILDREN OF ROY JOSEPH AND ELLA FRIEDA:
Velma Mae, born August 2, 1935 and married Edwin Harry "Ed" Root
Stanley Roy, born October 5, 1937 and married Wilma Elaine Davis
Raymond Jost, born August 8, 1940 and married Jane Ann Reilly
 
REFERENCES:
1. Correspondence with Irene Ruth (Fertig) Jost, daughter of Roy Joseph Fertig.
Letters were received in the mail on May 5, 13 and 28, June 27 and 29, 2004 in addition to telephone conversations which occurred on March 27 and May 22, 2004.
 
2. 1971 Obituary for Roy Joseph Fertig.
OBITUARY FOR ROY JOSEPH FERTIG
Roy Joseph Fertig of St. John, Kansas died Monday September 27, 1971 following an illness in the St. John District Hospital.  He was born on a farm in Pawnee County, Kansas, January 1, 1893, the son of John W. and Virginia Elizabeth Fertig.  His parents and two brothers, Charles S. and Harvey S. preceded him in death.
 
Roy attended school at Southwestern Academy in Winfield, Kansas and Larned High School, Larned, Kansas.
 
Roy was raised in a Christian home and early accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior.  During his lifetime he strived to follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  He was a charter member of the Radium Methodist Church and always strived to aid his fellowman.
 
OTHERS
"Lord help me live from day to day
In such a self-forgetting way,
That even when I kneel to pray
My prayers shall be for "Others."
 
"Help me in all the work I do
To ever be sincere and true,
And know that all I'd do for you,
Must needs be done for "Others."
 
"And when my work on earth is done,
And my new work in heaven begun,
May I forget the crown I've won,
While thinking still of others."
 
"Others Lord, yes others,
And less of self for me
Help me to live for others,
That I may live like Thee."
 
He was united in marriage to Ruth Yocum in 1914 and farmed in the central Kansas area.  To them were born a son, Carl Allen, and four daughters, Lorene E., Irene Ruth, Betty June and Mary Lou.  Ruth preceded Roy to her reward on March 28, 1928 and Carl in 1944.  Roy was both mother and father to these children until in 1934 he was joined in marriage to Ella F. Jost who was to be his wife and companion in Christ until his death.  To them were born three children: Velma Mae, Stanley Roy and Raymond J.
 
In 1964 Roy and Ella retired from farming near Radium and moved to St. John.  They transferred their Church membership to the United Methodist Church in St. John.  They have enjoyed the fellowship of all Christians in the community.
 
He is survived by his wife, Ella F. Fertig; one brother, Harry L.; children: Mrs. Otto Jost (Lorene), Mrs. Robert Jost (Irene), Mrs. Devon Dewey (Betty), Mrs. Edwin Root (Velma), Mary Lou, Stanley Roy and Raymond J.; twenty-one grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; and a multitude of relatives and friends.
 
TO DAD
If I ever climb the ladder
  that leads up to success
And find there all the things
  that make for peace and happiness
I hope I never forget that you
  helped me so well to fare
That I stepped up each succeeding rung
  because you laid it there.
 
The memory of his life is sweet like the fragrance that lingers when the flowers have closed at sunset.
 
3. Yocum-Rizor Families / Commemorative Edition.
Irene R. Fertig Jost (Irene Ruth Fertig), 1921- North Newton, KS: Mennonite Press, c1985, 227 p.: ill.; 24 cm. LC CALL NUMBER: CS71.Y534  1985
 
Sarah Ruth Yocum
Sarah Ruth Yocum, the younger daughter of Samuel and Sarah Louisa Yocum, was my mother.  She was known as Ruth and graced that name throughout her life.  She is remembered as being the cohesive, serene member of the family; enjoying fun and good humor and being able to put others at ease while keeping circumstances under control.
 
She chose for herself to be consecrated to the glorious purpose of being a follower of Jesus Christ and practiced daily meditation in God's Word while confiding in private personal prayer for her good works in the whole concourse of living.  This is clearly disclosed in her personal correspondence.
 
Ruth married Roy Joseph Fertig, February 3, 1914 in Stafford County, Kansas.  They had five children: Carl Allen, Lorene Estelle, Irene Ruth, Betty June, and Mary Lou.  Carl is deceased, having died tragically from burns in a wheatfield fire near the location where his uncle Floyd had met death by fire.  The four daughters are living at the time of this writing.
 
The circumstances and occasion of Ruth's death are both painful and affecting to this very day.  In the mingling splendor of development in her chosen purpose as a women, she fell "beside the altar."  She was faithful to her call, skillful in homemaking, virtuous as a mother, exemplary in character and distinctive in her mental intent.  There was no superficiality or pretentiousness about my mother.
 
Sarah Ruth was a person of strong attachments, of an amiable and benevolent disposition with a kind heart and an alert mind;  with a keen sense of beauty and orderliness.  She tastefully expressed her aesthetic interests in the atmosphere of the home.  Those who knew her testify to her happy, gentle nature, which often turned difficult problems into echoes of joyous expression. 
 
She enjoyed the family circle and cherished her friends.  These were a constant witness of her dutiful living and they received the benefit of her instruction and the inspiration of her affectionate attention.
 
All should emulate-- some may equal, but few rival or excel her Christian devotion and adherence in utter trust of all she was or hoped to be to her heavenly Father's wisdom.
 
Ruth died in the thirty-fifth year of her life.  As her child, she seemed prematurely taken from us.  She was called away so quickly--and her tongue was motionless in death.  The voice that brought so much pleasure and delight would not be heard except in memory.  Beyond the realm of illness, and storms of this life; she was freed to respond in joy in the peaceful, glorious heavenly home prepared especially for her.
The death of Mrs. Roy Fertig
“Another voice is stilled; another lamp goes out; another earthly voyage is ended and the tears of sorrow fills the eye once more at thought of the departure of a daughter, a wife, a mother, a neighbor and a Christian character.
 
Sarah Ruth Yocum, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Yocum, was born on 11 September 1892, in Stafford County, Kansas on the same place which she and her husband have occupied for several years (the Yocum Homestead); and on the 22nd of March 1928, her spirit returned unto God, who gave, having reached the age of 35 years, 6 months, and 11 days.
 
On the 3rd of February, 1914, she was united in marriage to Roy J. Fertig by Rev. D. L. Darby in Seward, Kansas.  This relationship was honored and blessed by the coming of five children, one son and four daughters—Carl, Lorene, Irene, Betty June and Mary Lou.
 
In the year of 1912, Mrs. Fertig was converted and united with the Lincoln Methodist Church, where she remained a member until the church was moved to Radium.  Her membership has been held in Radium since.
 
With her heart and life transformed by the power of a living Christ, she realized the place of true values.  Her vision reached beyond the present and was the grandeur of the eternal.  She was faithful in the home and in the church.  She was willing to sacrifice to help others, she was interested in her children, as every true mother should be, not content with supplying them with food and raiment and an opportunity for intellectual training only, she desired to see them led into a real Christian experience and be trained for real service. 
 
She was a good daughter, a good wife, a good mother and a good Christian neighbor.  She will be missed, not only by those with whom she was most closely related, but by all who knew her.
 
She leaves behind, two brothers, Floyd Yocum of this community and Clyde Yocum of Oregon; a sister, Mrs. Edith Cavender, of St. John, Kansas; her aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Yocum, and her husband and five children.
 
To these sorrowing ones, we extend our hand in sympathy over the loss, which will be felt so sensibly; and find comfort in His Word, ‘Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God; for in my father’s house there are many mansions.’ ---A friend.”
The spot where her body was laid to rest is remembered with a fond and soothing reverence; a place I have visited in the midst of my sorrows and have left inspired to “press on for the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus.”
 
One solitary memory I cherish in my heart is the harmonious music wafted up the stairs at the Homestead after bedtime prayer and saying goodnights.
 
“Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not;
As thou hast been Thou forever will be.”
 
“His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning.” Lamentations 3:22,23.
 
4. 1987 Obituary for Ella Frieda (Jost) Fertig.
Ella Frieda Fertig, 85, died July 15 at Central Kansas Medical Center.  Born Oct. 21,1901, in Hillsboro, she had been a resident of Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood since February 1987.  She was a former Radium and St. John resident and had lived in Great Bend since 1973.  She married Roy J. Fertig March 25, 1934, in Hillsboro.  He died Sept. 27, 1971.  She was a nurse at Salem Hospital in Hillsboro and Gleason Hospital in Larned.  Mrs. Fertig was a member of First United Methodist Church in Great Bend.  Survivors include two sons, Stanley R. of Saegertown, Pa., and Raymond J. of Ellinwood; five daughters, Lorene Jost of Hillsboro, Irene Jost of Wichita, Betty June Dewey of Seward, Mary Fertig of Fort Worth, Texas, and Velma Root of Albuquerque, N.M.; one brother, John F. Jost of Hillsboro; three sisters, Louise Friesen and Kathryn Klassen, both of Hillsboro, and Agnes Hain of Wichita; 22 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.  Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. John Saville officiating.  Burial will be at Point View Cemetery in rural Radium.  Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Kimple Funeral Home in Ellinwood and from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Fryberger Mortuary in Great Bend.  Memorials are suggested to Tabor College in Hillsboro.  Kimble Funeral Home of Ellinwood is in charge of arrangements.
 
5. Tombstones of Roy Joseph Fertig, Sarah Ruth Yocum and Ella Frieda Jost.
The tombstones are located at the Point View Cemetery in Kansas.  The cemetery is located three miles south and one mile west of Radium.
FERTIG, ROY J., JAN. 1, 1893, SEPT. 27, 1971, ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THEM THAT LOVE GOD - ROM. 8:28
RUTH YOCUM, FERTIG, 1892   1928
ELLA F. JOST, FERTIG, 1901   1987
 
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