Many more people called Ed Swartzendruber "Uncle Ed" than called him dad, but only Kay and I had the privilege of the latter. At 10:55 this morning, Ed left us, and even though he lived long and prospered, it is never easy to lose a parent, child, relative, colleague.... We can say Farewell, or Fare Well, or Godspeed, but saying the last goodbye is not easy. I and others will have much to share about Uncle Ed at the Yoder Culp Funeral Home in Goshen on Friday afternoon, at the Memorial Service Saturday morning at College Mennonite Church, and in the comments section of this blog.
Vaya con Dios papá.
Goshen – Edward G. Swartzendruber, 98, passed away peacefully Monday at IU Health Goshen Hospital after a short illness.
He was born July 26, 1916 in Bay Port, Michigan to Joseph and Emma (Shetler) Swartzendruber.
On April 2, 1939 he married Mary A. Aschliman in Pigeon, Michigan.
She survives along with two children, Kay Montgomery, Palm Springs, Ca. and Douglas E. (Rhonda Willems) Swartzendruber, Boulder, Co.; four grandchildren, Anna Montgomery, Douglas, Nick and Rachel Swartzendruber; three great-grandchildren, Silas, Noelle and Elias; a sister, Bess (Joe) Gabriel, Kent, Ohio, and Claude (Shirley) Swartzendruber, Goshen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, William, Paul, Walter and Omar Swartzendruber and a sister, Alma Heap.
A long time area resident, Mr. Swartzendruber, was co-owner, along with Ellsworth Fanning, of EDD’s Supplies in Shipshewana. He also farmed for many years, raising corn, wheat and chickens.
Valedictorian of Bay Port High School, Ed was a member of College Mennonite Church
Ed had a deep appreciation for music. He sang for many years with Menno Singers and was a loyal supporter and attendee of Goshen College music programs.
Friends may call on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. A memorial service will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. at College Mennonite Church.
A private burial will take place at Violett Cemetery, Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be given to Goshen College Music Department Scholarship Fund.