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Kenneth Jay Stutzman, 74, died at 11:08 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at his residence. His death was unexpected and was due to natural causes.
He was born May 22, 1943, in Elkhart County, to Harry, Sr. and Ida (Miller) Stutzman.
On April 2, 1964, in LaGrange County, he married Erma P. Miller. She survives.
Survivors in addition to his wife are four daughters, Elaine Kay (John) Yutzy, Leona "Jean" (Marion) Yutzy, Doris Ann (John) Troyer and Regina Rose (Brent) Miller, all of Middlebury; three sons, Joe Devon (LaVera) Stutzman of Middlebury, Dean Jay (Linda) Stutzman of Shipshewana, and James Arlin (Waneta) Stutzman of LaGrange; 17 grandchildren; a great-grandson; three sisters, Mary Bontrager, Barbara (Lavern) Miller and Esther (Mark) Bender, all of Middlebury; five brothers, Joe (Ruth Ann) Stutzman and Howard (Lena) Stutzman, both of Middlebury, Harry (Velda) Stutzman Jr. of Shipshewana, David (Ida) Stutzman and Jerry (Lori) Stutzman, both of Middlebury; and a brother-in-law, Melvin (Mary Ann) Miller of Middlebury.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Martha Miller; two granddaughters, Michele Renae Stutzman and Jenna Elaine Yutzy; two brothers-in-law, David Bender and Eli Bontrager.
Kenneth was a farmer, auctioneer and began his tour business in 1985, Buggy Lane Tours in 1997, which he still was operating, and founded Boardwalk Gospel Music. His love for Christ and people was evident in his daily life. He was a member of Townline Mennonite Church.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today, Aug. 21, at Townline Mennonite Church, 2165 S. 1000 West, Shipshewana. There also will be one hour of visitation prior to the 10 a.m. funeral service Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Fairhaven Mennonite Church, Goshen. Services will be conducted by pastors Dean Yoder and Amos Raber Jr. and evangelist Nelson Coblentz.
Burial will be in Miller-Glick-Stutzman Cemetery, Middlebury.
Memorials may be made out to the Townline Mennonite Church to be given to the Orphanage Project in Belize, where Kenneth was planning a mission later this year.
Online condolences may be sent at millerstewartfuneralhome.com.
Published on August 20, 2017
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