Charles W. Bontrager
Charles W. Bontrager, 76, joined his Lord and Savior and was freed
from his pain and rejoicing in heaven at 7:48 PM Thursday, May 21
at East Lake Nursing Home, Elkhart. He was born April 29th, 1939 in
Burr Oak, MI to the late Joe and Maude (Yoder) Bontrager. He was a
faithful member of Harvest Community Church in Goshen and loved
serving God. He and his wife served the Lord both as Missionaries
in Kenya for two and a half years and as teachers for Marriage
Ministries to help strengthen marriages. He was the former owner of
American Steel Rule Die in Elkhart and retired from Goshen Die
Cutting in December of 2013. On December 25th, 1957 in Goshen he
married Oleta M. Chupp, she survives. Surviving in addition to his
wife are their children, Terry L. (Roberta) Bontrager of Lankoran,
Azerbaijan, Roger A. (Renee) Bontrager of Pensacola, Florida,
Cheryl A. (Thomas) Fickus of Cedar Falls, IA.; seven grandchildren,
Amber (Mark) Casey, Honolulu, HI., Jamin, Kevin, Philip Bontrager
of Eden Prairie, MN., Trace and Matthew Bontrager of Pensacola,
FL., Joshua Fickus of Cedar Falls, IA.; two great grandchildren,
Tristan and Dylan Casey of Honolulu, HI.; brother, Dave (Sue)
Bontrager of Goshen, IN.; sister, Mary Mohler of Millersburg; a
sister-in-law, Vera Bontrager of Shipshewana. He was preceded in
death by his parents; brother, D. Willis Bontrager; sister, Edna
Schrader; two brother-in-laws Ken Schrader and Bud Mohler.
Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday,
June 4 at Harvest Community Church, 17258 CR 34, Goshen.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Friday, June 5 also at the
church. Services will be conducted by Pastor Steve Chupp and
Pastor Jim Dreier. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, Goshen.
Memorials may be given to Harvest Community Church for
missions. Online condolences may be sent at
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I send my deepest sympathies in the loss of an amazing man. I
worked as Chuck's assistant for several years and I can't even
begin to tell you all that he did for me during that time. He is truly an
amazing man and know that his love for his work, family, and God
was truly an inspiration in my life!!!
From: Schaya Hernandez
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Dear Oleta and family - We are saddened to learn of Chuck's home
going. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
From: Bill and Darlene Byland