Brent Allen Eash
Brent Allen Eash, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle,
pastor, elder, farmer, musician, friend, and follower of Christ, died at
home at 3 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018. He had been diagnosed
with Lymphoma and Amyloidosis in 2014 and entered into hospice
care in September 2017. He was cared for at home by his family until
his death.

Brent was born to Ted and Darlene Eash on July 17, 1959. He was
preceded in death by his father, Ted. He is survived by his mother
Darlene, siblings Christina (Jim) Bromley, Mark (Kathy) Eash, Wendy
Eash, and Tim (Malinda) Eash, his wife Heidi, and children Audrey
(Nestor Luna) Eash, Daniel (Andrei Regalado) Eash, Hannah (Philip)
Eash-Gates, and Lauren (Mark) Eash Hershberger. Also surviving are
six grandchildren, Alexis, Elian, Jonah, Natalie, Charlie, and Leo, and
many beloved nieces and nephews.

Brent and Heidi (nee Schenk) graduated together in the 1977 class of
Elkhart Central High School. Later in life, he earned a Masters in
Divinity from AMBS, taking extra classes in Hebrew and Greek
because he so enjoyed developing the ability to study the scriptures
in their original languages. Brent was a devoted follower of Jesus
and cared deeply for people and the church. He served as elder at
Prairie Street and Bonneyville Mennonite churches, as
overseer/coach of several area congregations, as pastor at Shore
Mennonite for thirteen years, on the board of various organizations
related to the Mennonite Church, and in leadership of the IN-MI
Church Conference. He counseled and mentored many. He was
eager to heed the call to volunteer, teaching Sunday School and ESL
classes for many years.

While he relished the chance to make personal connections with
people through various forms of ministry, caretaking of the land was
also close to his heart. He was a lifetime farmer and cherished time
spent in the fields dragging a plow, taking great pleasure in creating
a perfectly straight furrow. Music was another passion, and he spent
many years singing tenor with the Brandenburg Concert, a vocal
ensemble based in Southern Michigan.

Brent was a man of tremendous moral integrity and compassion. He
has taught those who knew him much about forgiveness, the
importance of relationship, and following through on commitment
through hard work. He was a quiet and comforting presence in a
catastrophe, a fountain of wit, and loved his grandchildren, as well  
as raisins in anything, sweet or savory. He will be tremendously

Memorial contributions may be made to Mennonite Central
Committee, Mennonite Mission Network or Prairie Street Mennonite

Visitation will take place on February 9 from 4-8 p.m. and the 10th at
10:00 a.m., followed by a memorial service on the 10th at 11 a.m. All
events will be held at Prairie Street Mennonite Church, 1316 Prairie
Street in Elkhart. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home of Middlebury will be
handling the arrangements.

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Sorry for your loss, Heidi.
Condolences to you, and your family.
From: Allen Strike
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Sorry for your loss.
From: Brooke Artley
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I am so sorry for your loss. Brent ministered to me as he was my
pastor and friend. He will truly be missed.
From: Patti Miller
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We grieve with all of you because Brent will continue to be sorely
missed. We rejoice with all of you because he had a fierce faith in
Christ and is now, finally home. We pray for God's comfort and
strength until we all join Brent in our eternal home.
From: Dennis, Kelly Sienicki and family
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Hard to find the "right" words to say.
Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep,
I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond's gift of snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the autumn's gentle rain,
When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush.
Of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the soft stars that shine at night,
Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.
From: Kathy Plank
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My deepest sympathies to the entire Eash Family.  I am honored to
have known this amazing Godly man, even if for just a small part of
his amazing life.  Darlene, you should be so proud of your son, and
Heidi, I know you will forever miss your best friend and soulmate.  
Christina, Mark, Wendy, and Tim, I am so sorry and I hope you will
find comfort in each other during this very sad time.
From: Sandy Miller
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My sympathy and love to you all, especially Darlene.  We are related
and attended Maple Grove Mennonite Church years ago.  I am Joella
and Chris Troyer's son, Phil
From: Philip Jeptha Troyer
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Brent was a follower of Jesus.  That was the primary orientation for
the way he lived into the world. While recovering from a motorcycle
accident in 2002, I encountered Brent at various church functions.  In
that setting, I came to appreciate his kindness and grace, which was
wrapped in an appealing and rather droll and dry wit.  He helped me
laugh during a difficult time.  He represented Jesus to me, in a way
that was restorative.  I will miss Brent Eash.
From: Ruben Chupp
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So sorry for your loss. I worked at RYLM and enjoyed the times that
we were able to speak to each other. He had a great smile and the
children liked him.
From: Miss Sandy Strayer
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My heart hurts for you, my friend. I wish you special memories, close
friends, and all the hugs and time you need. Love from Oregon.
From: Tamra (Ball) Orr
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Heidi and family:  I join the many friends who express heartfelt
sympathy in the death of your beloved husband and father. I thought
the obituary captured his gentle, faithful leadership as pastor and
conference president through many difficult and joyful times.
I appreciated his wisdom and counsel offered so freely over the
years. May God give you peace and strength as you grieve and
remember this fine disciple of our Lord.
From: David Janzen