Brent Allen Eash, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, pastor, elder, farmer, musician, friend and follower of Christ, died at home at 3 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8. He had been diagnosed with lymphoma and amyloidosis in 2014 and entered into hospice care in September 2017. He was cared for at home by his family until his death.
Brent was born to Ted and Darlene Eash July 17, 1959.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ted.
He is survived by his mother, Darlene; siblings, Christina (Jim) Bromley, Mark (Kathy) Eash, Wendy Eash and Tim (Malinda) Eash; his wife, Heidi; and children, Audrey (Nestor Luna) Eash, Daniel (Andrei Regalado) Eash, Hannah (Philip) Eash-Gates and Lauren (Mark) Eash Hershberger. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Alexis, Elian, Jonah, Natalie, Charlie and Leo; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Brent and Heidi (nee Schenk) graduated together in the class of 1977 from Elkhart Central High School. Later in life, he earned a master's degree in divinity from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, taking extra classes in Hebrew and Greek because he so enjoyed developing the ability to study the scriptures in their original languages.
Brent was a devoted follower of Jesus and cared deeply for people and the church. He served as elder at Prairie Street and Bonneyville Mennonite churches, as overseer/coach of several area congregations, as pastor at Shore Mennonite for 13 years, on the board of various organizations related to the Mennonite church and in leadership of the Indiana-Michigan Church Conference. He counseled and mentored many. He was eager to heed the call to volunteer, teach Sunday school and English as a Second Language classes for many years.
While he relished the chance to make personal connections with people through various forms of ministry, taking care of the land was also close to his heart. He was a lifetime farmer and cherished time spent in the fields dragging a plow, taking great pleasure in creating a perfectly straight furrow.
Music was another passion and he spent many years singing tenor with the Brandenburg Concert, a vocal ensemble based in Southern Michigan.
Brent was a man of tremendous moral integrity and compassion. He taught those who knew him much about forgiveness, the importance of relationship and following through on commitment through hard work.
He was a quiet and comforting presence in a catastrophe, a fountain of wit and loved his grandchildren, as well as raisins in anything, sweet or savory. He will be tremendously missed.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Mission Network or Prairie Street Mennonite Church.
Visitation will take place Friday, Feb. 9 from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. until the memorial service at 11 a.m. All events will take place at Prairie Street Mennonite Church, 1316 Prairie St., Elkhart.
Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is in charge of arrangements.
Published on January 10, 2018