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matthew l. bontrager

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

Nov. 25, 1979 - July 5, 2013

ELKHART — Matthew Lee Bontrager, 33, of Elkhart, passed away Friday, July 5, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital.

He was born Nov. 25, 1979, in Goshen to Douglas E. Bontrager and Dawn L. (Demerly) Gray. On Dec. 13, 2003, he married Michelle (Atkinson) Bontrager in Elkhart.

In addition to his wife and mother, survivors include a brother, Sam Bontrager of Chesterton; mother and father-in-law Fawne and Tom Atkinson of Elkhart; and niece Leia Bontrager of Chesterton.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Matthew was a graduate of Concord High School. He was employed at AM General in Mishawaka for more than 13 years.

Matthew was known as a big man with an even bigger heart. He was a loving husband and a great doggie dad.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart, and for one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service Thursday, July 11, 2013, at the funeral home. Pastor Jean Stockman will officiate. Cremation will take place following the services and his cremated remains will be buried at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in memory of Matthew.