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John Bontrager

John M. Bontrager, 71, Topeka, died Monday, May 19, 2014 after being hit by a wagon pulled by runaway horses on a farm in Millersburg. 

    He was born September 3, 1942, in LaGrange County, to Manas and Elizabeth (Miller) Bontrager.

    He was a farmer and member of the Old Order Amish Church, ordained as a minister in 1972. 

    He was married May 17, 1962, in LaGrange County, to Esther Ellen Miller. She survives.

    Also surviving are seven daughters, Dora (Jerry) Miller, Millersburg, Loretta (Ray) Lehman, Topeka, Arlene (Lonnie) Miller, Millersburg, Wanda (Richard) Frey, Topeka, LuAnn (Marlin) Frey, Millersburg, Liz (Danny) Frey, Millersburg, and Mary (Glenn) Miller, Topeka; three sons, John (Doris) Bontrager Jr., Millersburg, Dale (Retha) Bontrager, Millersburg, and Lavern (Esther) Bontrager, Topeka; 62 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Amanda (William) Yoder, LaGrange, Naomi Bontrager, Shipshewana, Betty (Joe) Wingard, Shipshewana, and Edna (Jerry) Yoder, LaGrange; and five brothers, Ervin (Anna) Bontrager, Shipshewana, Mahlon (Edna) Bontrager, Shipshewana, Manas (Mary) Bontrager Jr., Topeka, Joni (Freda) Bontrager, Shipshewana, and Levi (Ruth) Bontrager of Goshen.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Martha Schrock.

    Funeral service was held Thursday, May 22, at the family residence, 5355S 600W in Topeka, with Bishop David H. Miller and home ministers officiating.

    Burial is in Hawpatch Cemetery, Topeka.

    Online condolences may be sent at millerstewartfuneral home.com.

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