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Jay Hershberger, 86, of Goshen, formerly of Millersburg, died at 8:24 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at his residence.
He was born April 8, 1931, in Elkhart County to John and Fannie (Nisley) Hershberger.
On Oct. 7, 1951, in Elkhart County he married Ruby Ellen Eash. She survives.
Survivors in addition to his wife are a daughter, Rose Ann (Harold) Stutzman of Millersburg; three sons, Gary (LuAnn) Hershberger of Goshen, Jeryl (Trish) Hershberger of Goshen, Mark (Glenda) Hershberger of Beaufort, South Carolina; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Dorothy Hershberger of Wakarusa and Mary Rheinheimer of Goshen.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Ervin Hershberger, Calvin Hershberger and Lloyd Hershberger.
Jay was a farmer, truck driver for Fidler Concrete, Goshen, and drove school bus for the Millersburg Schools. He enjoyed camping, hunting small game, gardening and cutting wood. He liked entertaining people and would often make popcorn with red hots for his guests. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren on the family farm.
He was a current member of Maple City Chapel, Goshen, and a former 30-year member of Benton Mennonite Church, where he was very active as an usher and ran the sound system.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury. Friends and family will gather at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at Clinton Brick Cemetery, Goshen, for a graveside service. A celebration of life service will follow at 11 a.m. at Maple City Chapel, Goshen. Services will be conducted by Pastor Gary Miller.
Memorials may be given to Missionary Ventures, an organization that Jay's grandson and his family are serving as missionaries for in Peru, South America. Online condolences may be sent at millerstewartfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 28, 2017
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