Myron Duane Oesch
August 30, 1929 -- June 28, 2016
Myron Duane Oesch, 86, of Middlebury, died at 5:30 am on Tuesday, June 28,
2016 at Elkhart Hospice House. His health had been rapidly declining the
past two weeks. He was born on August 30, 1929 in Middlebury, to
Chauncey and Alice (Miller) Oesch. On June 24, 1951 in Metamora, IL he
married Murlene Garber; she survives. Survivors in addition to his loving
wife are five children, Marlys (Randy) Stutzman of Goshen, Marcia (Ed) Imel
of Noblesville, Michael (Judy) Oesch of Middlebury, Nancy (Doug) Thwaits of
Syracuse, Debi (Joe) Riegsecker of Goshen; eight grandchildren, Heidi (Kyle)
Merrick, Ryan Thwaits, Troy (Jen) Stutzman, Laura (Ryan) Yoder, Jenna
(Aaron) Lewis, Todd Stutzman, Lisa (Carl) Stoltzfus and Lexi Stutzman;
seven great-grandchildren, Hudson, Hadley and Harper Yoder, Griffin and
Emmerson Lewis, Beckham Stutzman and Kinley Merrick. He was preceded
in death by his parents, step father, Ray Yoder, great-grandchildren, Harrison,
Hayden and Hutchison Yoder, brother, Max Oesch and sister, Doris Bodager.
Myron graduated from Middlebury High School in 1948 and attended Goshen
College. He was a farmer all of his life, and was a dairy farmer in partnership
with his son at Mybrook Farm. He enjoyed taking mission trips and singing in
the Men’s Chorus for 18 years. Myron was past President of the Elkhart
County Ag Society and received the Farm Family of the Year award in 1974.
He enjoyed hosting international farmers through the Heifer Projects
International. He was an active member of Forks Mennonite Church, serving
in various capacities for many years. At present he was a member of the
Missions Committee and a representative for the MCC Canner. Visitation will
be from 1:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday June 30, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home,
1003 South Main Street Middlebury. Family and friends may gather at 9:30 am
on Friday July 1, at the funeral home to go in procession to a graveside
service at Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 11:
00 am on Friday, July 1, at Forks Mennonite Church, Middlebury. Services will
be conducted by Pastors Phil Yoder and Aaron Lewis. Memorials may be
given to World Missionary Press or the Center for Hospice Care of Elkhart.
~ ~ ~ ~ Condolences ~ ~ ~ ~
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss. May God's blessing be
with you in your grief.
From: Willard Albrecht
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My condolences to Murlene and the whole family of Myron..so many fond
memories of Myron in growing up together in the Forks churh..Your family
will be in our prayers during this grieving period.
From: Jim Yoder
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Dear Marcia, our thoughts and prayers are with you as you face this very sad
time. May you find the comfort and strength to cope.
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Dear Murlene and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I remember
the good times Bob and I had with you and your family. Blessings to all of
From: Jean Miller
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I only learned of Myron's death late Friday afternoon. I'm sorry to have
missed the calling hours to convey my sympathy to Murlene and family. You
have always held a special place in my (and Eli's) heart. I pray for comfort
and peace in these days. Much love to you all.
From: Martha Helmuth
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My condolences to your whole family. Myron was one of the greatest men in
my life. The years I spent working with him have brought me many great
memories that I recall frequently. He taught me how to work hard, love the
Lord, and His creation, and have fun at the same time. Murlene, you and
Myron are an inspirational couple that raised an awesome family. I feel
honored to have known and spent time with you all. When I drive by on 20, I
always have a sense of pride knowing I worked on Mybrook farms. Blessing
to you all.
From: Roland Helmuth
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To Nancy & Marlys, Nancy we were in the same class at NHS and I want to
extend my condolences. Marlys you got to know my parents thru the
Gideons Elmer & Opal Graber mom also extends her sympathies.
From: Carol (Graber) Feustel