John M. Bontrager

                               September 1, 1924 -- August 7, 2016

John M. Bontrager, 91, of Shipshewana, died at 3:40 pm, on Sunday, August
7, at his residence. He was born on September 1, 1924, in Milo, ND, to
Mose D. and Lucy (Graber) Bontrager. On November 26, 1946 in LaGrange
County he married Mattie Miller; she died August 27, 2000. Surviving are four
daughters, Esther Yoder of Middlebury, Miriam Bontrager of Shipshewana,
Martha (Paul) Schlabach of Holmesville, OH, Naomi (Elmer) Lambright of
Mora, MN; four sons, Melvin (Carolyn) Bontrager of Shipshewana, Freeman
(Norma) Bontrager of Shipshewana, Wilbur (Martha) Bontrager of Gosport,
Vernon (Marietta) Bontrager of Middlebury; son-in-law, David Lee Bontrager
of Middlebury; 60 grandchildren, four step grandchildren, 141 great
grandchildren, four step great grandchildren; four sisters, Ida Miller of
Shipshewana, Mary Miller of Maryville, OH, Clara (Samuel) Hochstetler of
Aroda, VA, Wilma (Roy) Miller of Middlebury; two brothers, Daniel (Lillie)
Bontrager of LaGrange, Joe Bontrager of Mio, MI. He was preceded in death
by his wife, parents, daughter, Laura Bontrager, one grandson, two great
grandsons, one step great granddaughter, son-in-law, Chris Yoder. John was
a farmer and later if life did carpentry work. He was a member of the
Old Order Amish Church. Visitation will be after 2:00 pm on Monday
August 8, and all day Tuesday August 9, at the family residence, 10735 W.
450 N., Shipshewana. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Wednesday
August 10, also at the family residence. Services will be conducted by the
home ministers. Burial will be in New Pennsylvania Cemetery, Middlebury.

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