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Ivan L. Gongwer, 93, Goshen, formerly of Foraker, died Monday, Dec. 25, at Goshen Hospital.
He was born April 10, 1924, in Elkhart, to Maurice and Olive (Stauffer) Gongwer.
He married Ruby K. (Kauffman) Gongwer Sept. 30, 1956, in Wakarusa. She died June 9, 2000.
Surviving are daughters, Deb (Ray) Bode, Elkhart, and Ann (Jeff) Spratt, Union, Michigan; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one on the way.
Preceding him in death are his parents; wife; sister, Grace Hershberger; and brothers, Nelson, Robert and Dale Gongwer.
Ivan worked at Vitreous Steel in Nappanee. He was a member of Holdeman Mennonite Church, enjoyed woodworking and worked on the family farm until 1967.
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home, 117 W. Waterford St., Wakarusa, and one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service Thursday, Dec. 28, at Holdeman Mennonite Church, 65723 C.R. 1, Wakarusa. Pastor Randy Detweiler will officiate.
Burial will follow at Olive (West) Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the Holdeman Mennonite Church.
Online condolences may be offered at www.rrefh.com
Published on December 26, 2017
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