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Monroe "Jay" Hochstetler, 72, of Nappanee, died unexpectedly of natural causes, Friday evening, July 7, at his home.
He was born June 6, 1945, in Elkhart to the late Andrew M. and Sovilla (Schmucker) Hochstetler.
On Sept. 19, 1968, he married Erma Stoltzfus. She preceded him in death Oct. 1, 2014.
Leaving to mourn are six children, daughters, Waneta (Steven) Borkholder and Julie (Edward) Yutzy, both of Nappanee; Carol (Howard) Kauffman, Rexford, Montana; Emily (Eric) Schmucker, Bremen; sons, Jeremy (girlfriend, Charystin Shadday) Hochstetler, Cromwell; Andy (fiancee, Mindi Yoder) Hochstetler, Milford; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, Wyman (Marilyn) Hochstetler, Walkerton, Richard (Esther) Hochstetler, Hale, Texas, Lisle (Mary) Hochstetler and Andrew (Tracy) Hochstetler, both of Nappanee, and Danny Hochstetler, Bremen; sisters, Betty (Marvin) Slabaugh, Alma (Chris) Slabaugh, Mary Etta Hochstetler, Linda (Harley) Schmucker, Sherry (Marlin) Miller, all of Nappanee, Maude (Oscar) Burkholder, Bremen, and Judy (Wilbur) Mast, Etna Green; and sister-in-law, Laura Hochstetler, Nappanee.
He was preceded in death by his wife, twin sons, Matthew and Marcus, parents, and a brother, Devon Hochstetler.
Mr. Hochstetler was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. He was a retired woodworker and had been the Amish casketmaker for many years.
Family and friends may call after 2 p.m., Monday, July 10, and all day Tuesday, July 11 at the Edward Miller residence (30237 C.R. 56).
Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 12, also at the Edward Miller residence. Home ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate and burial will be in Weldy Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.
Published on July 9, 2017
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