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He was born March 26, 1943, in Malakoff, Texas, to Jesse and Manuela (Felán) Garcia.
On Aug. 14, 1971, he married Peggy Troyer at East Goshen Mennonite Church.
She survives along with two daughters, Gretchen (Luke) Morningstar and Alison Romero, both of Goshen; four grandchildren, Nadia and Ben Romero and Jake and Zach Morningstar; and two brothers, Frank (Nancy) Garcia, Buna, Texas, and Paul (Beth) Garcia, Columbus, Georgia,
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Theresa Solis; and four brothers, Rudy, Jim, Jesse and Ben Garcia.
A father figure to many, Mr. Garcia taught fifth grade for years at Model Elementary in Goshen.
He was an active member of Harvest Community Church, serving as its first elder. He was part of the leadership of Celebrate Recovery at Harvest Community Church. He participated in taking the program to Work Release for nine years and then volunteered as a jail chaplain at the Elkhart County Jail.
Ed was an avid gardener and loved to work outside. He loved to read and travel. He also loved attending his children and grandchildren's activities.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral service Thursday at 10 a.m. at Harvest Community Church, 17285 C.R. 34, Goshen. Pastors Jim Dreier and Steve Chupp and Jared Yoder, Celebrate Recovery ministry leader, will officiate.
Cremation will follow the service.
Memorial contributions may be given to Elkhart County Jail Chaplaincy Program.
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