Edwin J. Bontrager


Edwin J. Bontrager, 96, Shipshewana, died at 4 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, at Miller's Merry Manor, LaGrange.
He was born Feb. 5, 1923, in Shipshewana, to Eli J. and Amanda (Miller) Bontrager.
On Sept. 6, 1945, in LaGrange County, he married Anna Yoder; she died May 2, 2009.
Surviving are three sons, Thomas (Julie) Bontrager, Carmel, Mervin (Kathy) Bontrager, Middlebury, J. Mark (Phyllis) Bontrager, Shipshewana; four daughters, Polly Anna Bontrager, LaGrange, Esther (David) Wenger, Shipshewana, Elizabeth (Alvin) Schneider, Broadway, Virginia, Kathy Yoder, LaGrange; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; three grandchildren, Christopher Carl, Megan Elizabeth, and Heidi Ann Schneider; son-in-law, Jack Yoder; three brothers, John, Manasseh and Levi Bontrager; two sisters, Lydia Stoltzfus and Katie Stutzman-Miller.
He was a member of Riverview Christian Fellowship, White Pigeon, Michigan.
He worked in local factories and was the owner-operator of Topeka Hardware and Town & Country Hardware, Shipshewana.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Riverview Christian Fellowship, 69212 U.S. 131 S., White Pigeon, Michigan.
Friends and family will gather at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 16, at Bontrager Cemetery, Middlebury, just west of C.R. 1000 West on C.R. 100 South, for a graveside service.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at Riverview Christian Fellowship, White Pigeon. Services will be conducted by Pastor Merlin Miller.
Memorials may be given to Riverview Christian Fellowship Building Fund.
Online condolences may be offered at millerstewartfuneralhome.com.
Published on June 11, 2019
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2 posts

Edna Hochstetler
Jun 12, 2019
My thoughts prayers and love are with you and family.
Doris Yoder
Jun 12, 2019
When an elderly parent dies it is hard to know if it is good or if it is sad; when, really, it is both! Uncle Edwin is finally with his Lord and, yet, you will miss all the wonderful things that once was, so very much! Blessings to all the family during this time of remembrance. I pray the time will be meaningful and full of healing, but blessings as well, as you commemorate the life of your dad.