NAPPANEE — Willis D. Hochstetler, 84, 305 Beech Road, died at 6:30 a.m. Monday at his residence. He had been in ill health for three years.
Willis was born Sept. 27, 1929 in Bremen, to Daniel H. and Lovina Hochstetler. He lived his lifetime in this area. Mr. Hochstetler was a member of the Old Order Amish Church and was ordained a minister May 8, 1971. He was a farmer and a woodworker.
Willis married Sarah Ann Hochstetler Feb. 7, 1952. She survives, along with sons, Vernon (Gwen) Hochstetler, Plymouth, Marvin (Cathy) Hochstetler, Willis Jr. (Jane) Hochstetler and Aden (Amanda) Hochstetler, all of Nappanee, Gerald (Anita) Hochstetler, Goshen, Leander Hochstetler, Perry Hochstetler and Homer (Jolene) Hochstetler, all of Bremen, and Wyman (Edna) Hochstetler, Wakarusa; daughters, Judy (Lester) Yoder, Middlebury, Amanda (Perry) Hershberger, Mio, Mich., Dorothy (Willie) Hochstetler, Lora (Andy) Beachy and Miriam (Lamar) Kauffman, all of Nappanee, Minerva (Glen) Knepp, Topeka, Edith (Gilbert) Schrock, New Paris, and Cora (Emery) Miller, Milford; 70 grandchildren; 78 great-grandchildren; one step grandchild; three step great-grandchildren; brothers, Monroe (Lena) Hochstetler, Belle Center, Ohio, Leroy (Malinda) Hochstetler, Bremen, and Gerald (Ruth Ann) Hochstetler, Marion, Mich.; sisters, Anna Mae Burkholder and Linda (Raymond) Slabaugh, both of Nappanee, and Esther (Melvin) Hochstetler, Ava, Ill.
He was preceded in death by a son, Ernest Hochstetler; daughter, Anna Mae Hochstetler; brothers, Harley and David Lee Hochstetler; brother-in-law, Alvin Burkholder; and sister-in-law, Mary Hochstetler.
Calling took place Tuesday and Wednesday. Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. today at the family residence. Bishop John Troyer and the home ministers of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate.
Burial will be in Borkholder Cemetery. Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.