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Laban E. Hochstetler

January 27, 1927 ~ May 23, 2022 (age 95)

Obituary

Laban E. Hochstetler, 95, of Goshen, formerly of Middlebury, died at 8:55 pm, on Monday, May 23 at Goshen Hospital. He was born on January 27, 1927, in Elkhart County, to Elam and Eliza (Bender) Hochstetler. On October 4, 1949, in Middlebury, he married Agnes Bontrager, she died October 23, 2020. Surviving are four daughters, Joanna (Oren) Yoder of Partridge, KS, Judy (Willard) Martin of Goshen, Elsie (Jason) Schrock of Halsey, OR, Mary Gingerich of Plain City, OH; three sons, Edwin Hochstetler of Goshen, Nathan (Jan) Hochstetler of Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada, John (Denise) Hochstetler of Middlebury; 29 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Miriam Graber of Goshen, Marietta (Jon) Stoltzfus of Goshen; three brothers, Daniel Hochstetler of Goshen, Noah Hochstetler of Elkhart, Joseph Hochstetler of Minerva, OH. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; two sons, Wilbur Hochstetler, Mark Sweeney; two sons-in-law, Mark Gingerich, Lowell Mast; two grandchildren, Jaran Martin, Andrew Yoder; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Esther Herschberger, Rhoda Hochstetler; two brothers, Samuel and Walter Hochstetler. He was a member of Fairhaven Mennonite Church and a dairy farmer. Laban was a quiet sort of man, not one to stick out in a crowd. He was busy though in his low key, behind the scenes sort of way. Never having completed high school himself, he helped build Clinton Christian School before he had school age children himself and served on its board for many years. He supported Heifer Project International and CROP and encouraged others to give as well. He looked forward to the MCC meat canner coming to Goshen every year and served as treasurer of that committee for many years. He served on the cleanup crew of the MCC Mennonite Relief Sale for many years and thoroughly enjoyed all those interactions. Laban was instrumental in beginning the services at the Elkhart County Jail on Sunday afternoons and regularly attended services at the Pendelton Correction Facility. He took a keen interest in Gospel Echoes Ministry and supported Agnes as she graded Bible study courses for them. Though he stayed at home on his diary farm, his heart was with his siblings and children who were serving in missions. He found ways to show his support and visited as often as he could to encourage them and get to know their friends. He was the one who made sure that the missionaries in the North got their needs met through the food truck that left IN every year. And later, he and Agnes spent many years cooking at Camp Andrews after getting to know the folks at Fellowship Haven. When Mark Sweeney joined the family, Project Promise became a huge part of their lives. In his retirement years Laban made countless clothes drying racks and wooden crates to sell at the Depot to raise funds for Project Promise. Visitation will be from 2:00 - 4:00 pm and 5:00 - 8:00 pm on Saturday, May 28 at Fairhaven Mennonite Church, 13513 State Road 4, Goshen. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Sunday, May 29 also at the church. Services will be conducted by the Fairhaven Ministry Team. Burial will be in Miller 8 Square Cemetery, Goshen. Memorials may be given to World Missionary Press. 

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
May 28, 2022

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Fairhaven Mennonite Church
13513 State Road 4
Goshen, IN 46528

Visitation
Saturday
May 28, 2022

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fairhaven Mennonite Church
13513 State Road 4
Goshen, IN 46528

Funeral Service
Sunday
May 29, 2022

10:00 AM
Fairhaven Mennonite Church
13513 State Road 4
Goshen, IN 46528

Interment following funeral service
Sunday
May 29, 2022

Miller 8 Square Cemetery
14153 CR 126
Middlebury, IN 46540

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