GOSHEN — Maurice J. Bontrager, 87, died Saturday afternoon, July 26, after an extended illness at Greencroft Healthcare.
He was born Nov. 12, 1926, in Shipshewana to Amos T. and K. Grace (Miller) Bontrager.
On June 16, 1951, he married Frances B. Ethell in Goshen.
She survives along with four children, Timothy John Bontrager of Elkhart, Cinda Jo (Dan) Olinger of Middlebury, Jennifer Sue (John Russell) Bontrager of Elkhart and Terri Jane (Mike) Christophel of Three Rivers, Mich.; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert W. (Harriet) Bontrager of Shipshewana; and a sister, Mary Jo (Lloyd) Miller of South Bend.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Marilean Bontrager and a granddaughter, Lindsay Whitehead.
A lifetime resident of Elkhart County, Mr. Bontrager worked as a dental technician for 45 years.
He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Tokyo. He was a member of First Baptist Church in both Goshen and Elkhart.
Friends may call for one hour prior to the 3 p.m. memorial service Wednesday, July 30, at First Baptist Church, Goshen. Pastors Jim Shrock and Dan Gelatt will officiate.
Mr. Bontrager donated his body to IU Medical Center. Burial of his cremated remains will be at a later date in Bontrager Cemetery, Shipshewana.
Memorial contributions may be made to Greencroft Healthcare or American Cancer Society.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.