Loren Ediger passed from this Earth to Heaven on Nov. 25, 2017, aged 96 years.
Loren Donald Ediger was born on Aug. 11, 1921, in Dayton.
He was the oldest son of AW and Helen (Dick) Ediger. Growing up, he lived in Dayton, Dallas and the surrounding communities, the oldest of nine children.
He went to school at the Polk Station School, which sits today on the grounds of the Dallas Christian & Missionary Alliance Church.
Loren met Betty June Wedgwood, of Bremerton, Wash., when she came to Dallas along with some other girls from her church at the invitation of Loren’s younger brother Jamie.
The two found that they had many similar interests and eventually both attended Simpson Bible College in Seattle.
They married after graduation on June 14, 1947, in Bremerton.
It was at Simpson where they heard the call to become missionaries, after hearing Dr. John Dale talk about his work among the Indians in Mexico.
With a few large trunks and no knowledge of the Spanish language, they headed to Tamazunchale, Mexico, to join the Mexican Indian Mission.
In 1947, most travel in Mexico was by train, burro, or foot.
They learned Spanish and then were assigned to the small village of Zapotitlan, in the Mexican jungle about halfway between Mexico City and the Gulf of Mexico. It was a five-hour hike from the nearest road.
Later, they settled in Cuautempan, Puebla — a small village deep in the Sierra Nevada Oriental in the northern part of the state of Puebla. The predominant language of the area was Aztec.
Loren loved the Mexican people, missionary work, and the Lord. He was always a humble man.
Together, Loren and Betty served in Mexico as missionaries for nearly 30 years and along the way had six children: Rebecca, Edwin, Emily Ruth, Thomas, Loren Jr., and Nathan.
They moved back to southern California in 1976, and worked in various jobs and ministries until 1978, when they were called to be the Directors of Harbor House, an inner-city mission in Oakland, Calif., where Loren preached and ministered and Betty played the organ and taught music.
They taught English to the area’s large Hmong and Mien immigrants.
They “officially” retired in 1982 to Junction City, but then moved back to California in 1986 and lived in Arleta, Rosamond, Castaic and Sacramento.
Loren and Betty lived in Auburn, Calif., in the Sierra Nevada foothills until Betty’s death in 2005.
They were married for 57 years.
In 2013, Loren moved to the Los Angeles area to be closer to family.
In addition to his six children, he is survived by 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife Betty, his brothers Jamie and Richard, and grandson Matthew Schoof.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the Valencia Hill Community Church in Santa Clarita, Calif., 24933 Avenue Stanford, Valencia, CA 91355.