GOSHEN — Herbert Ray Maust, 84, Cross Road, died Monday at 3 p.m. at his residence.
He was born May 18, 1928 in Goshen, to Douglas and Amanda (Martin) Maust.
He married Rosemary Slabaugh Oct. 23, 1949, at North Main Street Mennonite Church, Nappanee.
He is survived by his wife; children, Ronda (Steve) Chupp, Goshen, Rick (Tammy) Maust, Wakarusa, Becky (Dave) Swartzentruber and Rene (Mafra) Maust, both of Goshen; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Berniece Short, Arvilla Anglemyer and Anabel Hartman.
He was the founder of and owner of Wakarusa Farm Center for more than 40 years. He also worked at Wakarusa Fence Company and was employed by Poly Vinyl Sales during his retirement.
He was a member of Brenneman Memorial Missionary Church, Goshen and had formerly attended Yellow Creek Mennonite Church.
He graduated in 1946 from Wakarusa High School and studied one year at Chicago Technical College. He was a member of the Elkhart County 4-H Board for more than 45 years, serving as president in 1980. He was heavily involved in many activities and events and produced the rodeo for more than 30 years. In 2010, he received the Elkhart County Agricultural Society’s Uncle Elmer Award. He volunteered for Switchboard Concern for eight years and was very active in the church is whole life.
Friends may call Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. in the Fireside Room of Brenneman Memorial Missionary Church, 61115 Ind. 15, Goshen, where a memorial service will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. The Revs. Harold Knight and Peter Wiebe will officiate.
Burial will take place at Yellow Creek Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. Saturday before the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideons.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Goshen, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.rrefh.com.