Goshen News, Goshen, IN


July 27, 2013

Levi S. Weirich

Levi S. Weirich went home to glory on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his family.

Levi was born in Middlebury to the late Samuel E. and Millie (Bontrager) Weirich on Jan. 30, 1928.

He was one of 13 children, six who survive: Manasses of Millersburg and Mary Weaver, Elizabeth Miller, Lydia Mae Ganger, Joas Weirich and Samuel Weirich Jr., all of Goshen. He was preceded in death by brothers Enos Weirich and Eli Weirich, and four siblings who died in infancy.

He graduated from Middlebury High School in 1946.

On April 26, 1947, he married Helen Vincent, who survives. They are the parents of three children: Ron Weirich and wife Vicki of Goshen, Crystal Chandler and husband Carl of Martinsville, and Gordon Weirich and wife Barb of Harrisonburg, Va. They have eight grandchildren: Carmen Elliott and husband Randy, Veronica Berkey and husband Gary, Cara Chandler and husband Jason Openshaw, Brad Weirich and wife Melissa, Cary Chandler and wife Michelle, Jessica Weirich, Gordon David and wife Sarah Beth and Justin Levi Weirich and wife Sarah. They have 13 great grandchildren.

On Dec. 1, 1953, Levi and his family moved from Middlebury, to Mahalasville, south of Martinsville, to minister at Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church. Following many years of service at Mt. Pleasant, he was ordained to the ministry there in 1977. For the last 25 years he was a member and servant at Bean Blossom Mennonite Church in Brown County.

Levi worked for Schnaiter Lumber Co., Gaile’s Gas and Electric in Morgantown, Sears, Roebuck & Company in Martinsville, and retired from Indianapolis Power and Light in 1990 after 22 and a half years of service.

He was known for his ability to repair anything, his woodworking skills and furniture creation, and was always available to help a neighbor or friend. He loved to fish, golf, read, listen to gospel music, and he read many many books to grandchildren and great grandchildren. For years he portrayed Johnny Appleseed for first-grade classes in Martinsville. He will be greatly missed by his family and the people who were the recipients of his kindness, humor, and acts of service.

Visitation will be at Costin Funeral Chapel, Martinsville, from 2 until 6 p.m. today, July 28, 2013, and on Monday one hour prior to the funeral service. The funeral will be held  Monday, July 29, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Bean Blossom Mennonite Church, North State Road 135, Morgantown, IN 46160.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mennonite Disaster Service in care of Bean Blossom Mennonite Church. Online condolences may be made at www.costinfuneralchapel.com.


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Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

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