John Nathan Petgen

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John Nathan Petgen

November 28, 1940 - February 07, 2019

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
Published on February 8, 2019
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Joe and Kris Duddy
Feb 09, 2019
Lydia, so sorry to hear of John's passing but rejoicing that he is now in Heaven with his Lord. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. May God be a great Comforter during this time.
Tom / Sandi Weaver ( Grace Bible )
Feb 09, 2019
Heartfelt sympathy to the family of John ( Sharon ) Petgen .. knew these godly folks many years ago . Back during mi istry of Pastor Royer Allman days @ GBC
Rev Jim Braden
Feb 09, 2019
John, my dear friend, was my encourager and fishing partner 35 years ago. I remember how he used to challenge me and bless me in the Word of God. One day, we were fishing from my canoe. When I grabbed a net to help him land a giant pike, I lost my pole over the side. John gave me his old one and I still use it today. John was so generous and godly! I look forward to joining him in the Heavenly Choir.
Anita L. Braden
Feb 09, 2019
John was a godly man and a family friend. Jim and I enjoyed many visits with John and Sharon and count ourselves blessed to have known them.