Calvin Borntrager, 85, of Goshen died at 11:00 pm, on Saturday, September 25, after a short stay at Avalon Village Nursing Care, Ligonier. He was born on September 12, 1936, in Canton, OH, to Chris and Lydia Ann (Miller) Borntrager. On May 27, 1956, in Middlebury he married Rosa Cross, she died April 15, 2012. Surviving are son, Philip (Evelyn) Borntrager of Singers Glen, VA; three daughters, Ruth (Kervin) Hershberger of Shipshewana, Mary (Craig) Rufenacht of Archbold, OH, Leah Borntrager of Frankfort; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way; two sisters, Verda Vallejo of Phoenix, AZ, Elsie Borntrager of Goshen; four brothers, Lloyd Borntrager of Goshen, Urie Borntrager of Sarasota, FL, Milton (JoAnn) Borntrager of Louisville, KY, Larry (Mary Esther) Borntrager of Middlebury; two sisters-in-law, Pauline Borntrager of Goshen, Laverda Borntrager of Corydon, GA. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; son, Nathan Borntrager; two brothers, Ernie and Lee Roy Borntrager; three sisters-in-law, Meredith Borntrager, Evelyn Borntrager, Edna Borntrager; brother-in-law, Benny Vallejo. Calvin was a retired pastor and member of Townline Conservative Mennonite Church. He was the senior pastor of the Townline Conservative Mennonite Church for 40+ years. He also worked at Starcraft, Miller Brother Builders, Goshen Supply, Supreme and Goshen Lighting Gallery. He loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and requested that Christ be the center of attention instead of himself when he is gone. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 and 5:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday, September 30 at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street, Middlebury. There will also be one hour of viewing prior to the 10:30 am funeral service on Friday October 1, at Townline Mennonite Church, Shipshewana. Services will be conducted by Pastor Dean Yoder. Burial will be in Townline Cemetery, Shipshewana. Memorials may be given to Menno-Hof, Gospel Echoes and World Missionary Press. To view a live stream of the funeral service, please visit www.townlinechurch.com. Face masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the services. The family requests that you respect an individual’s choice concerning wearing a mask. Online condolences may be offered at millerstewartfuneralhome.com.
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