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Ervin M. Bontrager, 90, Shipshewana, passed away at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at his residence, from natural causes.
He was born March 3, 1927, in Shipshewana, to Manas and Elizabeth (Miller) Bontrager.
On Oct. 27, 1949, in LaGrange County, he married Anna Wingard, who survives.
Survivors in addition to his wife are Amanda (Joe) Skaggs, LaGrange, Wilma (Atlee) Chupp, Betty (Lyle) Helmuth and Doris (Jacob) Miller, all of Shipshewana; 10 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; four brothers, Mahlon Bontrager, Shipshewana, Manas Jr. (Mary) Bontrager, Topeka, Levi (Ruth) Bontrager, Goshen, Joni (Freda) Bontrager, Shipshewana; four sisters, Mandy Yoder, LaGrange, Neomah Bontrager and Betty (Joe Jr.) Wingard, both of Shipshewana, Edna (Jerry Jr.) Yoder, LaGrange; sister-in-law, Esther (John) Bontrager; Topeka; many nieces and nephews; and lots of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; great-grandson, Matthew Jon Chupp; brother, John Bontrager; sister, Martha (Wilbur) Schrock; brother-in-law, William Yoder; three sisters-in-law, Lydia Mae Bontrager, Edna Bontrager and Barbara Bontrager.
He was a farmer and a member of the Old Order Amish Church, from which he was a retired deacon.
Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Thursday, March 1, and all day Friday, March 2, at the family residence, 10085 W. 250 North, Shipshewana.
Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Jacob Miller residence, 2720 N. 1000 West, Shipshewana. Services will be conducted by Bishop Glen Miller and the home ministers.
Burial will be at Naylor Cemetery, Shipshewana.
Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is in charge of arrangements.
Published on March 1, 2018
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