William J. Bontrager, 88, of Centreville, Mich., passed away early Friday morning Oct. 2, 2009, at his home.
He was born June 12, 1921, in Dodge City, Kansas a son of the late John M. and Elizabeth (Mullett) Bontrager.
On March 1, 1942, he married Lydia Mae Yoder she survives along with 11 children, Alvin (Susie) Bontrager of Burr Oak, Elizabeth (Eli) Chupp of Nappanee, Ind., Alma Bontrager of Centreville, Levi (Mary Esther) Bontrager of Centreville, Lydia (Amos) Miller of Sturgis, Wilma (Wayne) Miller of Colon, Joseph (Fannie) Bontrager of Burr Oak, Clara Bontrager of Centreville, Dena Bontrager of Centreville, William (Katie Ellen) Bontrager of Wolcottville, Ind., and Sylvia (Mervin) Eash of Burr Oak; 67 grandchildren; 138 great-grandchildren; six brothers, Henry, John, Ezra, Martin, Enos and Neal; and one sister, Fannie Yoder.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, one sister, one daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.
The family will receive friends all day Saturday and Sunday at the family home located at 60364 Lepley Road, Centreville. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Elmer Miller residence located at 24467 Truckenmiller Rd., Centreville, MI.
Burial will take place at the Old Order Amish Cemetery in Centreville.
The Hackman Family Funeral Homes Hackman Chapel of Sturgis is assisting with the arrangements.