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Peter Reimer


Peter Reimer, 91, Waterford Crossing in Goshen, formerly of Middlebury, died Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at his residence.

    He was born December 19, 1920, in Giroux, Manitoba, Canada, to David P. and Justina (Brandt) Reimer.

    Moving from Canada to LaGrange County in 1952, then to Middlebury in 1955, he was the owner-operator of Reimer Ice Service, Inc., a member of Forks Mennonite Church, took social work and Bible classes at Goshen College, was active in Gideon’s International, sang in the Gospel Messengers, and volunteered with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) doing reconstruction in France following WWII. He and his wife worked at the David Rogers Children’s Home in Wolcottville.

    He was married July 15, 1951, in Kaiserslautern, Germany, to Edith Kaufman. She preceded him in death on March 30, 2010.

    Surviving are two daughters, Wanda Joy Lepillez, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Ellen (Jim Curtsinger) Reimer, Grand Junction, Colo.; two foster daughters, Adele Reimer, Goshen, and Donna Charles, Fort Myers, Fla.; five grandchildren; three foster grandchildren; one great-grandson; 11 foster great-grandchildren; one foster great-great-granddaughter; one sister, Sarah Reimer, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; and two brothers, David (Helena) Reimer, Blumenort, Manitoba, Canada, and Gerhard (Rosemary) Reimer, Goshen.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Raymond Reimer, a son-in-law, Jean-Marc Lepillez, three sisters, Marie Reimer, Justina Penner and Elizabeth Kroeker, and one brother, Henry Reimer.

    Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Friday, August 31, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home in Middlebury.

    Family and friends may gather at Forks Mennonite Church in Middlebury leaving for a graveside service at Bontrager Cemetery in Middlebury at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 1.

    A celebration of life service will be at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 1, at Forks Mennonite Church in Middlebury with Reverend Eugene Bontrager and Reverend Phil Yoder officiating.

    Burial will be in Bontrager Cemetery, Middlebury.

    Memorials may be directed to MCC or Gideon’s International. 

    Online condolences may be sent to millerstewartfuneral

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