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Joseph L. Raber, 81, Shipshewana, died at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at his residence. He had been in declining health.
He was born Aug. 13, 1936, in Noble County, to Levi and Amelia (Yoder) Raber.
On Oct. 23, 1958, in LaGrange County, he married Martha Slabach, who survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Ervin (Naomi) Raber, Shipshewana, Glenn (Tammy) Raber, Middlebury, LaVon (Lisa) Raber, Wolcottville, Joseph (Christina) Raber Jr., Shipshewana; three daughters, Mary Lou (David) Schwartz, Goshen, Marlene (Gerald) Troyer and Sue Ann (Ernest) Miller, both of Shipshewana; 27 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Ada (Samuel) Bontrager, Middlebury, Elizabeth (Samuel) Yoder, Shipshewana, Katie (Harry) Miller. Millersburg, Amanda (Wilbur) Yoder, Shipshewana; and sister-in-law, Edna Raber, Middlebury.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren, Austin Levi and Andrew Luke Raber; great-grandson, Lyndon Schwartz; two brothers, Lloyd and Glenn Raber.
Joe was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. He was a retired farmer and had worked at Mishler Packing for 27 years and also at different area factories.
Visitation will be after 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, and all day Friday, Jan. 26, at the family residence, 0740 N. 900 West, Shipshewana.
Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, also at the family residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Floyd Lehman and the home ministers.
Burial will be at East Barren Cemetery, Shipshewana.
Miller-Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published on January 24, 2018
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