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Ervin D. Hochstetler, 93, died at 4:45 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at the home of his daughter, Wilma Schrock, in Shipshewana.
He was born on Dec. 21, 1923, in Topeka, to Dan and Anna (Wickey) Hochstetler.
On Dec. 21, 1950, in Topeka, he married Sarah J. Miller. She died Nov. 9, 1978, and then May 26, 1983, in Centreville, Michigan, he married Polly D. Bontrager. She died Feb. 28, 2017.
Surviving are six daughters, MaryAnna (Lloyd) Miller of Topeka, Irene (Ora Jay) Eash of Trego, Montana, Wilma (Elmer) Schrock of Shipshewana, Ida Mae Hochstetler of LaGrange, Luella (William) Schrock of LaGrange, Katie (John) Troyer of Manton, Michigan; 49 grandchildren, 94 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dan (Edna) Hochstetler of Shipshewana, and John (Katie) Hochstetler of LaGrange; two sisters, Mary (Ora, deceased) Miller of LaGrange, and Edna (Merle) Christner of Shipshewana.
He was preceded in death by his wives; parents; two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; brother, Amos Hochstetler; and sister, Barbara Yoder.
Ervin was self-employed as a small engine mechanic for most of his life and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Visitation will be all day Monday, March 27, at the James Hochstetler residence, 3035 W. 350 South, LaGrange. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, at Sunrise Metal Shop, 3070 W. 350 South, Topeka. Services will be conducted by Bishop Ervin Bontrager Jr. and the home ministers.
Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, LaGrange.
Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury is in charge of arrangements.
Published on March 26, 2017
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