Joseph S. Eicher, 69, Shipshewana, died Sunday, February 26, 2012 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas.
He was born July 20, 1942, in Adams County, Ind., to John and Catherine (Schwartz) Eicher.
He was ordained as a minister in the Old Order Amish Church on October 20, 1969 and later as Bishop in October 1975. He was a farmer and did woodworking in his shop later in life.
He was married October 3, 1963, in Middlebury, to Esther Gingerich. She survives.
Also surviving are five daughters, Miriam (Merlin) Yoder, Gold Creek, Mont., Ruth (Primo) Diaz, Shipshewana, Naomi Eicher, Loma, Colo., Kathryn (Marion) Hershberger, Salem, Mo., and Lois (Jake) Kiminsky, Warner-Robbins, Ga.; five sons, Jerry (Diana) Eicher, Mack, Colo., Nathan (Amy) Eicher, Brownsboro, Texas, David (Rachel) Eicher, Wolcottville, Marcus (Julia) Eicher, Loma, Colo., and Joas (Margaret) Eicher, LaGrange; 24 grandchildren; three sisters, Anna (Edwin) Espenshad, Quincy, Mich., Mary Eicher and Rosina (Daniel) Miller, both of Greentop, Mo.; and one brother, Amos (Edna) Eicher, Shipshewana.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Jacob, John and Menno Eicher, and four sisters, Catherine Schwartz, Salome Schwartz, Elizabeth Eicher and Martha Eicher.
Visitation is all day Thursday, March 1, at the Dave Wingard residence, 3715N SR 5 in Shipshewana.
Services will be 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 2, at the Dave Wingard residence, 3715N SR 5 in Shipshewana, with Bishop Jerry 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.