Curt Claassen

Rev. Curt Claassen, 99 of Berne entered into the presence of his precious Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur. He was born on September 28, 1918 in Whitewater, Kansas to Edward and Catherine (Thiessen) Claassen. He was married on June 1, 1944 in Dallas, Oregon to Olga Schultz.   

They moved to Berne in 1975 to join the staff of First Mennonite Church, after serving in India for 28 years. The church and the Berne community embraced them warmly.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife in July 2010.

Visitation will be two hours prior to the 7:30 p.m. memorial service on Tuesday, December 19 at the First Mennonite Church in Berne. A private graveside service will take place at MRE Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to First Mennonite Church Missions.

A full obituary will be provided at a later date. 

Arrangements provided by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne. Sign the guestbook online at