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Abraham Bontrager


Abraham A. Bontrager, 93, Shipshewana, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at his residence.

    He was born January 22, 1919, in Elkhart County, to Abraham R. and Susie (Christner) Bontrager.

    He was a farmer and member of the Old Order Amish Church. He also worked at the lumber yard and Ace Hardware in Shipshewana and HWI in Topeka.

    He was married January 16, 1941, in LaGrange County, to Mary Ellen Frey. She preceded him in death on April 28, 2010.

    Surviving are four daughters, Anna Marie (Delbert) Mast, LaGrange, Susie Ellen (John) Hostetler, Shipshewana, Elsie Mae (Richard) Stevens, New Paris, and Mary Etta (Wayne) Miller, Shipshewana; three sons, Freeman Jay (Mary Ellen) Bontrager, LaGrange, Menno Laverne (LaFonda) Bontrager, Brooklyn, Mich., and Harley Wayne (Tina) Bontrager, Goshen; a daughter-in-law, Zandra Bontrager, Elm City, N.C.; 27 grandchildren; 88 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and one stepbrother, Levi (Edna) Yoder, Topeka.

    He was preceded in death by one son, Ernest Dean Bontrager, three daughters, Amelia Irene, Alma Arlene, and Lorene Kay Bontrager, two grandchildren, one sister, Amelia Miller, two brothers, Amos and Harley Bontrager, two stepsisters, four stepbrothers.

    Visitation is all day Thursday, July 19, at the family residence, 7155W 250N in Shipshewana.

    Services will be 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 20, at the Orville Miller residence, 2070N 700W in Shipshewana, with Bishop Casper Hochstetler and home ministers officiating.

    Burial will be in East Barren Cemetery, Shipshewana.

    Online condolences may be sent at millerstewartfuneral

    Miller-Stewart Funeral Home in Middlebury is in charge of arrangements.