Goshen News, Goshen, IN

September 20, 2008

Crist T. Borntrager


Crist T. Borntrager, 86, of Goshen, died Friday at 7:30 p.m. at home of natural causes.

He was born Oct. 18, 1921, in Reno County, Kan., to Tobias C. and Nettie (Knepp) Borntrager. In 1930, he became the stepson of Sam J. Gingerich of Plain City, Ohio.

He married Lydia A. Schrock on Oct. 7, 1943.

Surviving in addition to his wife are six children, Esther (Leroy) Cross, Naomi (Rev. Joseph) Chapman, Ivan (Jane) Borntrager, all of Goshen, Marvin (Linda) of Minneola, Fla., Norman (Julie) of Middlebury, and Annetta (Tom) Good, Goshen; 15 grandchildren, Darrel Cross, Rose Horton, Myron Cross, Patty Chico, Clint Borntrager, Emily Woodring, Jeff Wogoman, Jason Wogoman, Jen, Kim and Christian Zachary Borntrager, Cristian, Lydia, Robert and Leon Good; four stepgrandsons, Mark, Bruce, Rex and James Chapman; 17 great-grandchildren; six stepgreat grandchildren; one sister, Katie (Allen) Yoder, Mo., two half-brothers, Aden (Edith) Gingerich, N.M., and Mo (Shelah) Gingerich, Fla.; and one stepsister, Ida (Vernon) Schultz, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather; one grandson, Philip Good; three brothers, John, Levi and Samuel Borntrager; one sister, Mattie Borntrager; one half-sister, Anna Gingerich; and three stepbrothers, Eli Gingerich, Ura Gingerich and John Gingerich.

Crist served in Civilian Public Service from August 1942 to March 1946, working in mental hospitals, farming and fire-fighting. He was ordained as a minister in 1965 and two years later as bishop in Pine Ridge Conservative Mennonite Church of Goshen. He volunteered for Gospel Echoes Ministry for more than 20 years, primarily grading lessons for the Bible courses. He was a farmer, worked for Middlebury Church Furniture, Bontrager Plumbing and Heating and as a handyman.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today and 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Pleasant Grove Conservative Mennonite Church on C.R. 38, Goshen.

The burial will be in the church cemetery at 9:30 a.m. prior to the memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, with Randall Riegsecker and Cleo Orendorf officiating.

Memorials may be given to Gospel Echoes Prison Ministry, Goshen, Care at Home Hospice, Goshen, or the Pleasant Grove Conservative Mennonite Church Library.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent at www.millerstewartfuneralhome.com.