Kenneth Jay Stutzman
                                   May 22, 1943 ~ August 18, 2017

Kenneth Jay Stutzman, 74, of Middlebury, died at 11:08 am on Friday, August
18, at his residence. His death was unexpected and was due to natural
causes. He was born on May 22, 1943 in Elkhart County to Harry, Sr. and Ida
(Miller) Stutzman. On April 2, 1964 in LaGrange County he married Erma P.
Miller, she survives. Survivors in addition to his wife are four daughters,
Elaine Kay (John) Yutzy, Leona "Jean" (Marion) Yutzy, Doris Ann (John)
Troyer, Regina Rose (Brent) Miller all of Middlebury; three sons, Joe Devon
(LaVera) Stutzman of Middlebury, Dean Jay (Linda) Stutzman of
Shipshewana, James Arlin (Waneta) Stutzman of LaGrange; 17
grandchildren; a great grandson; three sisters, Mary Bontrager, Barbara
(Lavern) Miller, Esther (Mark) Bender all of Middlebury; five brothers, Joe
(Ruth Ann) Stutzman, Howard (Lena) Stutzman both of Middlebury, Harry
(Velda) Stutzman Jr. of Shipshewana, David (Ida) Stutzman, Jerry (Lori)
Stutzman both of Middlebury; a brother-in-law Melvin (Mary Ann) Miller of
Middlebury. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Martha Miller;
two granddaughters, Michele Renae Stutzman and Jenna Elaine Yutzy; two
brothers-in-law, David Bender and Eli Bontrager. Kenneth was a farmer,
auctioneer and began his Tour Business in 1985, Buggy Lane Tours in 1997,
which he still was operating and founded Boardwalk Gospel Music. His love
for Christ and people was evident in his daily life. He was a member of
Townline Mennonite Church. Visitation will be from 1:00 - 8:00 pm on
Sunday, August 20, and 1:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Monday, August 21,
at Townline Mennonite Church, 2165 S. 1000 W. Shipshewana. There also will
be one hour of visitation prior to the 10:00 am funeral service on Tuesday,
August 22, at Fairhaven Mennonite Church, Goshen. Services will be
conducted by Pastors Dean Yoder and Amos Raber, Jr. and Evangelist
Nelson Coblentz. Burial will be in Miller-Glick-Stutzman Cemetery,
Middlebury. Memorials may be made out to the Townline Mennonite Church
to be given to the Orphanage Project in Belize, where Kenneth was planning
a mission later this year.


                       ~  ~  ~ Online Condolences ~  ~  ~
To all of the family, especially Joe and Jean who I knew best, you have my
most sincere condolences. It breaks my heart to hear about this.
From: Earl Bontrager and family
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What a shock to read of Kenny's passing Friday.  He was a great friend and
loved coming to Shipshawana to go on buggy tour and dinner at Elaine and
John's.  Have been bring my granddaughter a many number of years!!!
Prayer for the Stutzman family on his sudden death! He will be greatly missed
he touched so many lives & He was a wonderful man and I'm saddened by
his passing. I was blessed to have seen him just a couple of weeks ago
visiting Shipshawana will not be the same without him.
RIP Kenny
From Vickie Swanson
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Dear Friends
I am still In shock just know we are praying for all of you I will sure miss
Kenny comming in to the store,talking to him on the buggy radio,seeing him
go by the house on his scooter waving so many memories. Please keep the
memories alive on your hearts,Kenny had a heart of gold and a friendly  smile
he has done alot for Shipshewana  more than people prob know.Erma may
you find the peace you need to carry thru each new day with God by your
side walking with you.Hope to see your family at the viewing so many good
memories.
From: Kris Bontrager ( Hostetler's  store) buggy lane tours ticket seller
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To you Erma and all of your sons and daughters and grandchildren and great
grand child.  Erma, Kenny was such a God given blessing to me when I met
him back in 2005.  He became such a good friend to me.  Kenny and you and
your family took me in on my visits every year, just like a family member. He
was loved by all and he was very special. I am so sorry that I will not be able
to be there for his viewing and funeral.  I will be having cataract surgery this
coming Wednesday.  I still plan to come out to visit over the Fall festival.  If
you or your family need anything while I am there, I would be more then
happy to help.  May God bless you and your family.and comfort you through
this terrible time
From: Richard Hanna  Boston Massachusetts
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May the Lord's LOVE cover you all as you remember Kenny's Life and all the
people he touched with friendliness and care.  Love and Prayers.
From: Phil and Sandy Hartzler
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Sending prayers for your family. Kenny was a great buggy tour guide.
From: Roberta McMahan
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Kenny was a very friendly man among a friendly community. We will miss
him! May God comfort the hearts of his family.
From: Mark and Becky Emmorey
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Kenny, he was a great friend to our Keesling family (Jack Keesling)
We always loved his stories and the milk he would bring us. Jack has many
great memories of him all these years of knowing him, when he lived down
the road from Kenny in the little house. He said Kenny would bring him milk
for his sons Ken Keesling & Joe Keesling when they were babies. Jack &
Kenny had many great memories and funny stories to tell together. They
used to laugh and talk together in Stans Stutzman garage I could hear their
laughter across the street. The 3 of them were funny together.
He would check on Jack and I sometimes to see if we were ok and if we
needed anything. He'd bring over movies for Jack and watch a movie with us
and drink coffee. He told us when Jack got better we'd go on a buggy ride.
I remember he wanted to go fishing with us in June, but Jack was in the
rehabilitation facility and we never got to go. In Heaven we'll get a buggy ride
and go fishing.
From: Jack & Cherie Keesling
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We are very sorry to hear about your husband. He was a dear friend to me
and Donna. We love y'all.
Jeff and Donna Moss
From: Jeff and Donna Moss
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Kenny always had a smile on his face and a glint in his eye.  He was a
wonderful person and will be greatly missed.  Prayers for his loved ones.
From: Kara Rosentreter
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As the former director of the SRMA, Kenny was always wondering how he
could help promate Shipshewana. He will truly be missed
From: Gary Zehr
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I am so sorry to hear of this news.  Kenneth was a wonderful and warm
person.  When I worked at the Blue Gate years ago I met " Kenny".  I was new
to the area and he was very kind to me.  I now work at the building
department here in LaGrange and He's come in now and then for permits and
it was always a pleasure to serve him.  My prayers to you all.  Heaven gained
an angel for sure.
From: Dawn Oliver
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So sorry to hear, just today of Kenny's passing. We so loved getting to know
your family and enjoyed coming out to the music jams several times a year.
Prayers for each of you at this difficult time. Love in Christ - The Aeschliman's
from Archbold, OH.
From:Terry & Sandy Aeschliman
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