GOSHEN — Kenneth Lechlitner 89, died Wednesday morning at Greencroft Goshen Health Care.
He was born July 22, 1924 near Wakarusa, to Jacob Henry and Ida (Loucks) Lechlitner.
On March 30, 1946, he married Betty Hurst in Milford.
She survives along with a son, Don (Teresa) Lechlitner, Goshen; two daughters, Nancy (Gordon) Compton, Elkhart, and Barb (Chuck) Haarer, Middlebury; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Lowell (Velda) Lechlitner, Goshen; and two sisters, Treva (Walter) Shidler and LaVeta Weaver, both of Goshen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Floyd and Walter; sisters, Florence Russel and Erma Lechlitner; and a great-grandson, Dustin Taylor.
Mr. Lechlitner attended Brenneman Missionary Church for many years and was a lifelong area farmer and member of the John Deere Two-Cylinder club. He was an avid John Deere collector and loved to talk about tractors.
He received the Outstanding Young Farmer Award, and together with his wife, the Outstanding Farm Family Award in Elkhart County. In later years, they enjoyed 37 winters in Florida with many good friends.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 Sunday and one hour prior to the 10 a.m. funeral service Monday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen. The Rev. Craig Garber of Christian Fellowship of Goshen will officiate.
Burial will follow at Violett Cemetery, Goshen.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Seed to Feed program.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.