Mahlon D. Miller
                                          April 2, 1931 -- July 18, 2014

Mahlon D. Miller, 83, of Goshen, went to be with his Lord and Savior at 10:06
pm on Friday, July 18, at his residence after an extended battle with cancer.

He was the son of Dan R. and Katie (Schrock) Miller. Born April 2, 1931 in
LaGrange Co., Ind. He was married Dorothy Nissley on April 5, 1953, by
Homer North at North Main Street Church, Nappanee, Ind. He is survived by
his wife Dorothy; three children: Michele Lynn (John) Sharp of Hesston,
Kan; Myron Duane (Doreen) Miller of Jonestown, Pa.; Martin Daniel (Debbie)
Miller of Minnetrista, Minn; nine grandchildren: Erin Sharp (Alex Levene),
Michael (MJ) Sharp, Laura Sharp, Amaris Allan (Stuart), Bekah Peiffer (Keith),
Charis Spann (Travis), Dara Houp (William), Matt Miller and Mike Miller; one
great granddaughter, Katriel Peiffer; a sister, Viola Ruth (Crist) Miller of
Goshen; two brothers, Olin (Anita) Miller and Ora M. (Anita) Miller both of
Goshen; and two sister-in-laws, Ludean Miller of Sun City West, Ariz, and
Martha Miller of Elkhart. He was preceded in death by his parents, two
sisters, Lydia (Lloyd) Hershberger and an infant sister, and three brothers,
Levi, Menno and Melvin Miller.

He was ordained to Christian ministry in 1961at Pinto, Maryland. He served
as a pastor in Maryland, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Illinois; served as
overseer of congregations in Indiana, Illinois, and Pennsylvania; and
provided interim pastoral leadership for six congregations. He organized a
pastoral training program for young people who heard God's call. He served
on the Mennonite Board of Congregational Ministries, held marriage retreats,
family life conferences, district conferences, and renewal meetings in
numerous denominations. Since 1995, he was a pre-need counselor and
assisted in visitation and memorial services for Miller-Stewart Funeral Home,
Middlebury, Ind.

After graduating from Jefferson High School, he studied at Eastern
Mennonite College, Goshen College, and Goshen Biblical Seminary. He
served in alternative service as a Licensed Attendant Nurse A in the State of
Michigan. He was an avid hunter.

Visitation will be from 2:00—8:00 pm on Friday, July 25, at Miller-Stewart
Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street Middlebury. There will also be
visitation from 9:00 -11:00 am Saturday, July 26, followed by an 11:00 am
funeral service at Brenneman Memorial Missionary Church, Goshen.
Services will be conducted by pastors Mel Shetler, Bill Richardson, Russ
Hunsberger, and Harold Knight. The funeral will be followed by a luncheon
and time of sharing. A funeral procession will leave the church at
approximately 2:00 pm for a graveside service at Yellow Creek Mennonite
Cemetery, Goshen.

Mahlon was a member of Brenneman Memorial Missionary Church and
memorials may be given to the church to be used for scholarships in his
name for student entering Christian ministry. Online condolences may be
sent at www.millerstewartfuneralhome.com.


                            
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Dorothy, Diane and I will always be indebted to Mahlon for his love, support
and friendship, opening the door for us to work with you both for a short but
special period at Hopewell. His joy, love for live and leadership was a special
gift he gave to the body of Christ
From:  Victor & Diane Dunning
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I got to know Mahlon in 1983 when I came to build a Christian radio station in
Pekin, Illinois. In nearby Morton, Trinity Mennonite organized an annual Bible
conference each summer and - somehow! - I was honored with an invitation
to be part of the planning. That, in turn, opened the door to visits in the home
of Mahlon and Dorothy, and created some of my most precious memories of
Christian fellowship there. (One of the fellows of his church even came to the
radio station so he could propose to his girlfriend on the air!) Dorothy, you
and the family are in our prayers and remain, as always, in our hearts.
From: Rev. Rick Hoover, Lakeland, Florida
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Sincerest sympathy to all of Mahlon's family.  You have been in our thoughts
and prayers these past weeks and we will continue to remember you.  We
wish you much joy and laughter amidst the sorrow as you celebrate his life
and remember him.
From:  Susan and Tim Goering
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Praying for you during this difficult time.  I know Mahlon is in heaven singing
and praising with his Lord and Savior.
From:  Deb Robeck, RN; Center for Cancer Care
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Dear Dorothy and Family,
We have very fond memories of you and Mahlon while you ministered at
Hopewell! You both blessed us enormously  with all the love and caring that
you promoted in our congregation! Mahlon is now experiencing his well
deserved reward in heaven, and we know that we will see him and you both
again when we get to heaven! We will keep you and your family in our
prayers while you work through the loss of your precious husband!
Love and Hugs,
From:  Tom & Yolanda Barbagallo
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To Dorothy and the Family,
I was one of the dozens of beneficiaries of Mahlon's gifts as an equipper of
pastors. I continue to use the materials and methods he taught me to train
elders and other ministry leaders in the churches I serve.  I continue to quote
him in various settings where wisdom concerning the Body of Christ and the
Holy Spirit are required.  His friendship and support as I began my ministry
were a precious gift to me and to my family. I know that my testimony could
be echoed by so many other pastors and their families .  My God fill you with
grace and peace.
From:  Jim, for Anna and the girls
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Dorothy , we think of you now and remember the precious time that you
were at Hopewell. May God grant you peace and enjoyment of wonderful
memories with Mahlon...
From:  Frank and Anne Law
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Dear Dorothy and Family,
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, and will always cherish Bro. Mahlon for his
deep commitment to Christ and his wonderful pastoring gift, which has
influenced my spiritual life for all these many years.
From: Amy Zell French
                                                     
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Dearest Dorothy, My heart goes out to you. Our memories of our time in
Illinois and being a part of our church family there in Morton was a huge
blessing and the teaching and love of Mahlon and Dorothy, the Eigsti, the
Householders and many more still are precious in our hearts and souls. God
be with you.
From: Melanie Hoover

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Mahlon was to Nancy and Me many things:  a man of God, a pastor, a
brother, a friend, an example to follow, a companion, a hunting buddy...the
list could go on.  I was privileged to spend a few nights in their beautiful
guest room after they finished building their lovely home.  One wall
completely covered with signatures and compliments of guests who had
shared this room, attesting to the incredible hospitality of Mahlon and
Dorothy.  We often shared a meal together at Red Lobster when they
ventured back to PA.  Much more than a meal was shared though.  It was a
time to laugh together, cry together, pray together and when Mahlon and
Dorothy prayed for you, you knew you had been prayed for.
I will especially miss Mahlon at the end of every hunting season.  We would
always call each other to report our successes and failures in the woods.  
We both shared a love of archery hunting for deer.  We loved Mahlon and his
passing will leave an empty spot in our hearts that will be filled to
overflowing when we meet him again "In that Sweet By and By''
From:  Ron and Nancy Morgan
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Dear Dorothy,  We want to express our deepest sympathies to you and all
your family at the loss of your beloved Mahlon.  He was a wonderful godly
man who blessed countless people through his life and ministry over many
decades of service to the Lord and to the people of God.  We were blessed
and greatly impacted by Mahlon's leadership during his years as Senior
Pastor at Hopewell in Elverson.  The Lord used him to establish a healthy
church government in a very wounded congregation.  We know that those
years were perhaps some of the most challenging ministry years for both
Mahlon and for you, Dorothy, but we owe both of you a debt of gratitude for
all that you accomplished.  As Curt now pastors our own congregation and
assists in the leadership of the Hopewell Network, he has continued building
on the Biblical governmental foundation that Mahlon taught him. Dorothy, we
pray that the Lord will comfort you with His loving presence and give you
strength for each day.  May you find peace in the secret place with the Lord
who knows your sorrows and holds your tears.  We love you.
From:  Anita and Curt Malizzi
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We were saddened to hear of  Mahlon's death. I will always cherish those
years he ministered to us at Yellow Creek. You both were an encouragement
to me in my faith journey.
From:  Marge & Larry Brandeberry
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Dear Dorothy and Family,  Mahlon was a friend who touched my life deeply
over the last thirty years, since I first met him when I was a young pastor. I
remember his love for the Lord, his optimism, and his desire to train others to
follow Christ as he himself did. Dorothy, I am so thankful for the four days
that we got to spend together on our trip to Morton last Summer. What an
enjoyable and blessed time! I will cherish that time for the rest of my days, as
I look forward to being reunited with Mahlon and many others in the
Presence of our Lord in Eternity!
From:  Dale & Gwen Stoll
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To Dorothy and family,
We have fond memories of the time you ministered to Hopewell at Elverson,
PA.  We are so thankful for your wisdom and friendship to Edwina and me
and our family.  We cherish the memories of our visits with you in Goshen.  
God bless you with peace and comfort.  We know we will all celebrate our
Lord together in Heaven.
From: John and Edwina Stoltzfus
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