John Harley Kantner


John Harley Kantner, 87, was born May 30, 1931, in Middlebury, to his parents Albert and Martha (Heiber) Kantner. He entered his Heavenly home Saturday, April 13.
John was a graduate of Bristol High School. He was a Korean War Veteran serving as an Airman II in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955.
On August 16, 1953, he married Verna Lou Ravens of Pretty Prairie, Kansas. After his years of service, they settled in Bristol in 1955, then Goshen in 1960.
He retired from NIBCO Inc. of Elkhart after 39 years.
He was a member of the Bristol and St. Mark's United Methodist churches, serving and ministering in many capacities. He also served in the Goshen Sunrisers Kiwanis Club.
John enjoyed hunting, fishing, serving others and working with his hands in woodworking, stones and gardening. Above all, he was a giver, highly creative and loved his family. His quick-witted sense of humor will be missed.
Surviving, along with the love of his life, Verna, of 65 years, are three daughters, Margaret "Peg" and Jack Holwerda of Rockford, Michigan; Vanja and Tim Haarer of Goshen; and Julia and Ron Sherck II of Greenville, Ohio. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and two unborn great grandchildren. Brothers Forrest of Mentone and Fred of Granger also survive, along with nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ray and infant brother Kay.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, 1911 S. Main St., Goshen.
A Celebration of Life Service will begin at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18, after visitation from 9-10 a.m. After a military salute and graveside service, interment will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Bristol.
Memorials may be given to Goshen Home Care and Hospice, 200 High Park Ave., Goshen, IN 46526 or Goshen VFW Post 985, 1201 W. Pike St., Goshen, IN 46526.
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Published on April 14, 2019
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2 posts

Ada A Fox
Apr 18, 2019
Sorry that I'm not able to be with the family at this time.But a lot of good memories.My thoughts and prayers are with you.God's comforting arms uphold everyone of you.
Linda Delagrange
Apr 14, 2019
So sorry to hear the passing of John. He was such a great person and I enjoyed taking care of him. Vanja you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Caregiver, Linda with Firefly Home Health Care