John Nathan Petgen


John N. Petgen, 78, entered Heaven Thursday, Feb. 7, at Greencroft Goshen Health Care.
He was born Nov. 28, 1940, in Goshen, to Maurice A. and Kathryn V. (Leek) Petgen.
On Oct. 13, 1962, he married Sharon E. Weaver in Goshen. She preceded him to Heaven Feb. 25, 2016.
Survivors include two daughters, Michele (Todd) Condon, Jonestown, Pennsylvania, and Carmen (Brad) Sheaffer, New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania; son, Ryan (Teresa) Petgen, Atwood; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary (Paul) Stringham, Georgetown, Kentucky, Sarah Roeder, Goshen, and Lydia Allman, LaGrange; and two brothers, David (Joan) Petgen, Elkhart, and Paul (Sue) Petgen, Osceola.
He was preceded in death by both parents.
John's love of the Bible led him to graduate from Appalachian Bible College, Beckley, West Virginia, and subsequently pastor for 25 years at churches in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Illinois. He enjoyed helping others as a certified biblical counselor. He also worked brief stints in the RV industry, as well as working as a purchasing agent and mechanic.
A member of First Baptist Church, Goshen, Mr. Petgen enjoyed fishing, hunting, gunsmithing and singing, including joining with the Master's Quartet and The Followers.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1011 S. Indiana Ave., Goshen, prior to the 7 p.m. funeral service. The Rev. Jim Shrock will officiate.
Private burial will take place at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola.
Memorial gifts may be directed to Bible Related Ministries, P.O. Box 272, Hinsdale, IL 60522,
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be directed to
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Published on February 8, 2019
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