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Eli Hochstetler

Eli J. Hochstetler, 85, Shipshewana, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at his residence.

    He was born July 23, 1929, in LaGrange County, to Jacob G. and Mary (Christner) Hochstetler.

    He was a farmer, trained horses, and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

    He was married March 14, 1957, in Shipshewana, to Mattie M. Yoder. She preceded him in death on January 7, 2015.

    Surviving are five daughters, Elsie (Tobe) Hochstetler, Topeka, Mary Hochstetler, Shipshewana, Freda (Larry) Hochstetler, New Paris, Ind., Susie (Aden) Hershberger of Winesburg, Ohio, and Ruby Hochstetler, Shipshewana; four sons, Melvin (Lena) Hochstetler, Howe, Erwin (Ruth) Hochstetler, Middlebury, Floyd (Erma) Hochstetler, Pryor, Okla., and Harley (Eleanor) Hochstetler, Nappanee, Ind.; 36 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren; and 22 stepgreat-grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Freeman Hochstetler, one great-grandchild, two brothers, Harley and Gideon Hochstetler, and two sisters, Celesta Lehman and Susie Schrock.

    Visitation is after 1 p.m. Thursday, March 19, and all day Friday, March 20, at the family residence, 10505W US 20 in Shipshewana.

    Funeral service will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Samuel F. Yoder residence, 10635W US 20 in Shipshewana, with Bishop Wilbur Miller and home ministers officiating.

    Burial will be in Naylor Cemetery, Shipshewana.

    Online condolences may be sent at millerstewartfuneral home.com.

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