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David Haarer


David Livingstone Haarer, 82, Goshen, died Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at Greencroft Communities in Goshen.  

    He was married September 14, 1952 to Anna Slabaugh. She preceded him in death on December 8, 2009.

    Surviving are three sons, Carlton, Eric and Brian; six grandchildren,  Rachel, Dylan, Will, Josh, Laura and Elena; and one great-grandson, Zane.

    His parents were William and Fannie (Eash) Haarer.   His brothers Aldine, Sylvester and Leonard and his sisters, Corona and Mary are deceased.  His living brothers are Paul, William and Samuel.  He has numerous nephews and nieces and great nephews and nieces as well as great-great nephews and nieces.


David was born March 25, 1930 and grew up in the Shipshewana, Indiana area and was baptized in the Shore Mennonite Church in his youth.  


He is a graduate of GoshenCollege, Eastern Michigan University and Michigan State University.  Upon graduation from Goshen College he did IW service as a teacher of delinquent boys.  Most of his professional work was as an administrator of special education services for students with disabilities.  He has been an active worker in the church as teacher, church board member and lay leader as well as service on numerous committees.  He was on the Mennonite Mental Health Board for nine years, was secretary of the MCC Mental Retardation Committee and served on the nurture commission of the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference.  He also was active in civic responsibilities including school board member for thirty-five years, zoning board member, and numerous other state and community board and committee assignments.  


During their years of professional work and their first 19 years of retirement, David and Anna lived in Michigan and moved back to Goshen in 2004 where they had many relatives and friends.  In Michigan they were members of the Michigan State University Mennonite Fellowship.  They became members of the College Mennonite Church upon their move to Goshen, Indiana,


David has chosen to donate his body to IU Medical for research.  Memorial services will be held at the College Mennonite Church on Saturday, September 29, at 11:00.  Visitation will precede memorial services at 10:00.  There will be lunch after the service.


Memorials may be sent to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).


MIller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury is assisting the family with arrangements.