Samuel “Sam” Bontrager, 89, of Middlebury, went home to be with his Lord and Savior at 1:50 pm on Friday, September 3, at his residence. He was born February 27, 1932 in LaGrange County to Noah and Lena (Eash) Bontrager. On February 5, 1959 in Shipshewana, he married Esther Miller, she survives. Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, David (Thelma) Bontrager of Middlebury, Thomas Bontrager and Philip (Shannon) Bontrager both of Goshen; two daughters, Rebecca (Gerald) Yoder and Beth (Ryan) Hershberger both of Goshen; 13 grandchildren, Timothy, Jonathan (Jessica), Jason (Jennifer), and Sarah Yoder, Vaughn Bontrager, Renita, (Matthew) Coblentz, Marissa, and Javan Bontrager, Claire and Alec Hershberger, Ava, Hudson, and Cole Bontrager; two great grandchildren; a brother John (Esther) Bontrager of Canton, OH; two sisters-in-law, Susie (Daniel) Bontrager of Topeka and Mary (Perry) Bontrager of Millersburg; a brother-in-law, Lloyd (Rosa) Yoder of Middlebury and special friends, Ray and Bertha Yutzy of Kalona, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Daniel and Perry Bontrager; and two sisters Mary (David) Schmucker and Luella (Lloyd) Yoder. Sam was the owner of Goshen Supply for 23 years. He worked at Oaklawn as an Advocate for the Amish for 13 years. Sam was on many boards including Oaklawn, Clinton Christian School, Woodlawn Christian School, Menno Hof, and Faith Builders Education Programs. He had several hobbies including fishing, collecting antiques, and watching church league softball. Sam was a member of Woodlawn Mennonite Church for 60 years. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 pm on both Sunday and Monday September 5th and 6th, at Woodlawn Mennonite Church, 62861 CR 41 Goshen. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Tuesday, September 7, also at the church. Services will be conducted by Woodlawn Mennonite Church Pastoral Team. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Goshen. Memorials may be given to Rest Haven (Oaklawn Psychiatric Center).
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