John Edwin Gingerich, 88, of Milford, passed away peacefully at his home at 11:25 p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014. He was born Oct. 8, 1925, in Howard County, to Albert and Salome (Troyer) Gingerich. He married Mary Ellen Schlabach in LaGrange on Feb. 28, 1946.
John has lived in Nappanee for 58 years. He was a retired dairy farmer. He was a member of Salem Mennonite Church. John was always willing to help those in need.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Ellen; also daughters, Carolyn (Jerry) Helmuth, Wakarusa, Audrey (Eldon) Miller, Nappanee, Jane (Art) Hershberger, Dillwyn, Va.; sons, Merrill (Lola) Gingerich, Phillip (Jane) Gingerich, both of Milford; 19 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren; sister, Martha (Henry) Plank, Arthur, Ill., brother, Walter (Martha) Gingerich, Arthur, Ill.; sister-in-law, Fran Gingerich, Kokomo.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Kevin Miller; two great-grandchildren, Trent Martin and Emily Kauffman; and a brother, Joe Henry Gingerich.
Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. There will also be a visitation for one hour prior to the funeral service, which will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Salem Mennonite Church. Bill Yoder, Terrill Yoder, and Jerry Helmuth will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to Goldenrod or the donor’s choice.