Joseph L. Raber
                                     August 13, 1936 ~ January 24, 2018

Joseph L. Raber, 81, of Shipshewana, died at 4:30 am on Wednesday,
January 24, at his residence. He had been in declining health. He was born
on August 13, 1936 in Noble County to Levi and Amelia (Yoder) Raber. On
October 23, 1958 in LaGrange County he married Martha Slabach, she
survives. Survivors in addition to his wife are four sons, Ervin (Naomi) Raber
of Shipshewana, Glenn (Tammy) Raber of Middlebury, LaVon (Lisa) Raber of
Wolcottville, Joseph (Christina) Raber, Jr. of Shipshewana; three daughters,
Mary Lou (David) Schwartz of Goshen, Marlene (Gerald) Troyer and Sue Ann
(Ernest) Miller both of Shipshewana; 27 grandchildren, 46 great
grandchildren; four sisters, Ada (Samuel) Bontrager of Middlebury, Elizabeth
(Samuel) Yoder of Shipshewana, Katie (Harry) Miller of Millersburg, Amanda
(Wilbur) Yoder of Shipshewana; a sister-in-law, Edna Raber of Middlebury. He
was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren, Austin Levi and
Andrew Luke Raber; great grandson, Lyndon Schwartz; two brothers, Lloyd
and Glenn Raber. Joe was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. He was
a retired farmer and had worked at Mishler Packing for 27 years and also at
different area factories. Visitation will be after 1:00 pm on Thursday, January
25, and all day Friday, January 26, at the family’s residence, 0740 North 900
West Shipshewana. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Saturday, January
27, also at the family’s residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop  
Floyd Lehman and the home ministers. Burial will be in East Barren
Cemetery, Shipshewana.


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To Martha and all the family,  we were heart broken when Gerald called us
this morning but guess we shouldn't morn too much. We know where he is
now and is Joe once again.  We loved him like a brother and have shared
much time with he and Martha. I know he will be missed and we are saddened
that we can't be there for the service. God Bless you all and we love you all
dearly. Our thoughts will be with you.
From: Bud and Iva
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My condolences to the family. I have many great memories of him.
From: Earl Bontrager

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So sorry to hear of Joes passing.  I believe we came to your home back
during the blizzard of 78 and helped him.  He came to our sale when we sold
our home in Shipshewana and bought our copper washing machine.  What a
sweet man!  He will be missed.
From: Judy Yoder
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