Philip "Phil" M. Bontrager

                            March 13, 1963 -- December 19, 2019

Philip "Phil" M. Bontrager, 56, of Goshen, passed away at 10:01 pm on
Thursday, December 19, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, as the result of
injuries from an automobile accident on December 7, 2019.  He was born on
March 13, 1963 in Goshen to Melvin and Drusilla (Mast) Bontrager. On
October 4, 1986 in Goshen he married Denise Yoder, she survives. Survivors
in addition to his wife are son, Jordan Bontrager; two daughters, Janessa
Bontrager and Makayla Bontrager all of Goshen; his father and stepmother,
Melvin and Malinda Bontrager of Berne; two brothers, James (Linda)
Bontrager of Middlebury, Mark (Molly) Bontrager of Elkhart; two sisters,
Gloria (Ken) Nisly of Due West, SC, Mary (Mark) Hochstetler of Westminster,
SC. He was preceded in death by his mother. Phil was the owner/operator of
their family's business, Nappanee Laundry Center; he was also self-
employed with Bontrager Insurance. He attended Grace Community Church
in Goshen and was an avid golfer. He enjoyed spending time and traveling in
warm sunny weather and going on walks, especially at Fidler Pond where he
often watched the sunset. Phil was known for his genuine interest in others,
often helping, visiting and especially listening to other people. Visitation will
be from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Saturday, December 21, and 1:00 - 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 22, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main
Street Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Monday,
December 23, at Siloam Fellowship, 61616 CR 35 Goshen. Services will be
conducted by Pastors Vern Hostetler and Wilbur Yoder. Burial will be in Miller
Cemetery, Goshen. Memorials may be given to Faith Mission, Elkhart.  Online
condolences may be offered at

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Denise and children- Youve been in our thoughts and prayers and will

continue to be. Im so sorry. Love to you all- Heidi and family
From: Heidi Stoltzfus
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So sorry for your loss! We are thinking of you and praying for you during this
difficult time. May you feel the peace and love of Jesus. We will miss him
From: The employees at Nappanee Laundry Center

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Phil was like family! My boys just loved him. He will b missed! Such a kind
good hearted man! My heart goes out to his family. RIP Phil u really were one
of a kind!

From: Reatha Weaver
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I could not believe what I was reading this morning. Phil was a good friend
and I always enjoyed visiting with him when I was in the area. He will be
missed. Praying for the family.
From: Andy Helmuth
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What a pleasure and privilege to call Phil friend. His heart and passion for
finding the good in all was refreshing and contagious. No matter what was
going on or how hectic a day was going you could always count on a calm
and caring smile to welcome you and after spending just a few short minutes
with Phil all chaos melted away into good conversation and much laughter.
Phil is one of the hardest working, all in, loving and kind person I know. Many
hugs and prayers for your family. I know your mansion is huge my friend and
though my heart will miss you for now I know I will see you again.
From: Cristine Stahly
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Please know that our hearts are so full of love and prayer for all of you. We
have experienced the truth that God is near to the brokenhearted in the last
few months. The love and prayers of you and all the family were so precious
to us and still are. Know that our hearts are with you. Praying Psalm 20 for
you, Karl Miller
From: Kay Miller and family
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I'm sry to hear of Phil's passing. I had the pleasure of meeting him and talking
with him a couple times. He was a nice guy
From: Regular patron of the Nappanee Laundry Center
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My condolences to the family. All my love- Joe Aragon
From: Joe Aragon