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Alvin Bontrager

Alvin Bontrager, 89, Goshen, died Monday, April 6, 2015 at his residence.

    He was born August 28, 1925, in Mylo, N.D., to Levi D. and Lizzie (Graber) Bontrager.

    He farmed for many years in the Millersburg area and after moving to Topeka, he became a partner in and worked at Honeyville Metal. He served as a volunteer prison chaplain for a year in Atmore, Ala., and was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Immokalee, Fla., for five winters. He volunteered countless hours as a carpenter and woodworker, and following retirement to Goshen became known for the wooden model cars and tractors he designed and made for charity auctions. Until his recent illness, he was an active volunteer at Menno-Hof, Ten Thousand Villages and at College Mennonite Church, of which he was a member.

    He was married December 23, 1950, in Topeka, to Mary Louise Yoder. She survives.

    Also surviving are five daughters, Debra (Robert) Kauffman, Rebecca (Kenneth) Horst, and Patricia (Dale) Shenk, all of Goshen, Joyce (Jonathan) Yoder, Salem, Ore., and Virginia (Ray) Miller, Greencastle, Penn.; one son, Thomas Bontrager, Bremen, Ind.; 13 grandchildren, Amy (Neil Dufallo) Kauffman, Rachel Kauffman, Anne (Rod) Hanby, Daniel (Jessica Brubaker) Horst, David (Rachel) Horst Lehman, Mary (Rob Anderson) Yoder, Nathan (Allison) Yoder, Leah Yoder, Kelly (Peter) Shenk Koontz, Aaron Shenk, Andrew Shenk, James Miller, and Monica Miller; four great-grandchildren, Leah and Ian Dufallo, Clara and Martha Hanby; and two sisters, Agnes (Laban) Hochstetler and Lucille (Paul) Shrock.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Gladys Gingerich, Mary Slabaugh and Viola Bontrager.

    Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Friday, April 10,at Yoder Culp Funeral Home in Goshen.

    Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 11,at College Mennonite Church in Goshen.

    Private family graveside service will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery, Topeka.

    Memorials may be directed to Bethany Christian High School for “Sing the Journey” books, to Goshen College for the Bontrager Music Together Endowment Fund, or to College Mennonite Church.

    Online condolences may be sent at www.yoderculpfuneral

    Yoder Culp Funeral Home in Goshen is in charge of arrangements.