Paul Lefever Dagen, age 91, of Landis Homes, Lititz, PA entered the peace and rest of his heavenly Father on December 25, 2015. He was born in Strasburg, PA, the eldest son of Jacob L. Dagen and Florence V. Lefever Dagen on January 21, 1924.
He completed the 8th grade at the Sandstone one room school near Hessdale, and then assumed responsibility for operating the family farm due to his father’s cardiac illness. He married Lois Susan Graybill on March 17, 1945. Five children were born: Paul Wilmer, Rose Mary, Daniel Lynn, James Douglas and Eunice Jane.
In 1955 he felt called to ministry in the Mennonite Church and in preparation attended Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, VA. During his third year of studies he was asked to join the ministry team serving at the Poarch Gospel Mission with the Creek Nation, under Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions. He later completed his college degree by going to summer school several years. He was ordained bishop in the Mennonite Church in 1961 and served the churches in the Alabama and Northwest Florida district until his retirement.
He and Lois relocated to Willow Street, PA in 1987 where he renewed boyhood friendships and had time to pursue hobbies.
They became actively involved at their home church, New Providence Mennonite, and provided interim leadership at Buffalo Mennonite Church and Masonville Mennonite Church for several years.
Over the years his travels took him to Honduras several times, Israel and trips with Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) to Moldova and Belize. Paul’s strong Christian faith guided him through many challenges during his life and he dedicated his life to service through the church, living out his faith using the teachings of Jesus as his guide.
Paul & Lois celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in March, 2015. Paul leaves his wife Lois, sister Reba Martin and husband Carl, brother Jacob and wife Mabel, brother Lester and wife Evie, five children: Wilmer and spouse Miriam, Phoenix, AZ, Rose and spouse Rich, Waynesboro, PA, Dan and spouse Kerri, Joplin, MO, James, Houston, TX and Eunice and spouse Tim, Bremerton, WA, five grandsons: Sam, Roberto, Henry, Ricardo and Logan, one granddaughter: Abbey and three great grandsons: Joshua, Isaiah and Jeremiah.
There will be a Visitation on Tuesday, December 29, from 7:00 until 8:00 PM in the EAST Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA.
A Memorial Service will be held at the New Providence Mennonite Church, 121 Main Street, New Providence, PA, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM.
There will be a private graveside service in New Providence Mennonite Cemetery.