Alton E. Bontrager, 84, of Middlebury, died unexpectedly at 8:07 pm on Wednesday, June 30 at Elkhart General Hospital. He was born on September 30, 1936, in LaGrange, to Eli and Anna (Yoder) Bontrager. On November 17, 1966, in Goshen, he married Arlene Miller; she survives. Survivors in addition to his wife are two sons, Arlin (Lynetta) Bontrager of Goshen, Allen (Brenda) Bontrager of Tippecanoe; three daughters, Nancy (Lamar) Schlabach, Naomi Bontrager, Norma (Jerry) Schlabach all of Middlebury; 19 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Edna Farmwald, Elizabeth Hochstetler both of Shipshewana. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Homer, Harley, and Levi Bontrager; three sisters, Fannie Miller, Lovina Whetstone, Wilma Miller. Alton was a farmer and later in life did book binding. He was a member and Sr. Bishop in the Old Order Amish Church. Visitation will be after 1:00 pm on Friday, July 2 and all day Saturday, July 3 at the family residence, 13556 CR 22, Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Sunday, July 4 also at the family residence. Services will be conducted by Bishop Dean Gingerich and the home ministers. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, Goshen.
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