Raymond Hochstetler, 75, of Topeka, passed to his heavenly home at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, June 23, while surrounded by his family at Parkview LaGrange Hospital. He was born on June 29, 1945 in Shipshewana to Perry L. and Pennola (Boley) Hochstetler. On May 5, 1964 in LaGrange County he married Helen Weaver, she survives. Survivors in addition to his wife are six daughters, Karen (Peter) Kaufman of Topeka, Penny (Howard) Mast of Adamsville, TN, Velda Slabaugh of LaGrange, Anna (Jon) Yoder of Goshen, Diane Lehman of Bristol, Doris Kaufman of New Paris; three sons, Harry (Susan) Hochstetler of Goshen, Jay Dee (Rosetta) Hochstetler of Myakka, FL, Dale (Carolyn) Hochstetler of Middlebury; 30 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren; sister, Catherine Kelley of Lakeland, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents; three grandchildren; three brothers, Emil, Lester and Leroy Hochstetler; four sisters, Verna Blalock, Edna Gingerich, Erma Beachy, Alma Kuhns. Raymond had been a milk hauler for several years and then worked at Sunny Brook RV, Middlebury from 1993 until retiring in 2010. In retirement he worked for Four Woods Laminating, Topeka. He was a member of Fairhaven Mennonite Church and enjoyed wintering in Myakka City, Florida with his wife for 10 years. He was a nature lover who enjoyed fishing and feeding the birds and squirrels. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26, at Fairhaven Mennonite Church, 13513 State Road 4, Goshen. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Sunday, June 27, also at the church. Services will be conducted by the Fairhaven Mennonite Church Ministry Team. Burial will be in Thomas Cemetery, Goshen. Online condolences may be offered at millerstewartfuneralhome.com.
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