Ezra J. Bontrager, age 87, 4 months, of Centreville, Mich., passed away March 20, 2015, at 7 p.m. at home surrounded by family. Ezra was born Nov. 30, 1927, in Sikeston, Mo., a son to the late John M. and Elizabeth (Mullet) Bontrager.
Ezra lived in Centreville most of his life, where he had farmed and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
He is survived by his wife, Marie; three sons, Marvin (Alma) Bontrager of Nappanee, Ind., William (Rosanna) Bontrager of Leonidas, Mich., and Freeman (EllaMae) Bontrager of Sturgis, Mich.; four daughters, Lydia (Harvey) Hochstetler of Colon, Mich., Sylvia (Marvin) Yoder of Colon, Mich., Miriam (Orvin) Bontrager of Colon, Mich., andMarie (Allen) Yoder of Centreville, Mich.; 34 grandchildren; 82 greatgrandchildren; two brothers, John J. Bontrager of Centreville, Mich., and Henry J.(Beverly) Bontrager of Sturgis, Mich.; one sister, Fannie J. Yoder of Centreville, Mich.; one sister-in-law, Lydia Bontrager of Colon, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by eight brothers, Benedict, Levi, Manasses, William, Alvin, Enos, Neal, andMartin; one sister, Miriam; and eight in-laws; one infant daughter; one infant son; one grandson; and one great-granddaughter.
The family will receive relatives and friends all day today at the Allen Yoder residence at 26798 Wasepi Road, Centreville, MI 49032. Funeral services are Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at the Allen Yoder residence with home ministers officiating.
Burial will follow at the Old Order Amish Cemetery in Centreville.
The family was assisted by the Schipper Funeral Home LTD. in Colon, Mich.