Donald Hochstetler, age 90, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Bronson Hospital. He was born November 23, 1924 in Elkhart IN, son of Fred & Iva (Heckaman) Hochstetler.
In 1944, he met the love of his life, Martha Garrett, and married June 23, 1946 in Dowagiac, MI. They bought the family farm and continued its operation, with their children, for the next twenty-five years.
After selling the farm, they moved to Fisher Lake where they resided for thirty-four years. Don worked at a mobile home factory, Continental Can Co., and construction with sons Ron and Ray. After retirement, they stayed active traveling and buying/remodeling single family homes.
They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2011 with all family members in attendance. Fellowship with their Christian siblings at Messiah Lutheran Church for over fifty-five years has been an important part of their lives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Kenneth and Roscoe, sister Doris (Bezaury) and two sons, Timothy and Ronald. Surviving are his wife: Martha of Three Rivers, MI. Children: Patricia (Randy) McClain, Raymond (Debra) Hochstetler, Thomas (Freida) Hochstetler, all of Three Rivers, and Daughter-in-Law Mary Hochstetler of Constantine. Sister: Betty Thomas of Portage. Nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends will be received Tuesday, April 28th from 2-4 and 6-8pm at Eley Funeral Home, Constantine, with religious services at Messiah Lutheran Church Wednesday, April 29th at 11:00am, lunch following. Reverend Dennis Smith will officiate. Online messages may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.