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Paul W. Haarer

October 3, 1927 ~ March 27, 2022 (age 94)

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Paul W. Haarer, 94, of Goshen, formerly of Shipshewana, passed away Sunday morning, March 27, at his residence. He was born on October 3, 1927, in LaGrange County, to William Henry and Fannie (Eash) Haarer. On June 3, 1951 in LaGrange, he married Shirley Mishler; she died September 25, 2011. Then on June 28, 2015 in Shipshewana he married Gladys Ellen (Schrock) Troyer; she died July 4, 2018. Surviving is a daughter, Rebecca Haarer of Shipshewana and a son, Charles W. (Barbara) Haarer from Middlebury, two granddaughters Chelsea (Wesley) Gorsuch of Middlebury and Erin (Shawn) Schrader of Goshen; a brother, William (Shirley) Haarer of Sarasota, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents; both wives; five brothers, David, Samuel, Aldine, Sylvester, and Leonard Haarer, two sisters, Corona Weldy and Mary Ellen Troyer. Throughout his career he was co-owner of Twin Lakes Construction Company, Howe, IN, and Haarer’s Quaint Shop of Shipshewana. Paul was a longtime active director of Mennonite Disaster Service and served as a delegate to the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. He was also an active member of Marion Mennonite Church. Paul enjoyed antiquing and many who attended auctions will remember him as #55, or “Double Nickel”.  His final occupation was that of a taxi driver for the Amish community, which took him into the countryside of his youth and among people who shared his native language, Pennsylvania Dutch. His last year of life was happily spent at Greencroft where he continued to cultivate new friendships and pray for his family daily. A private burial service for his immediate family will be on Thursday, March 31st, at Shore Cemetery, Shipshewana, conducted by Reverend Ron Roth. A celebration of life service will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be given to World Missionary Press or Marion Christian Fellowship.

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Shore Cemetery
8135 West 100 North
Shipshewana, IN 46565

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