NAPPANEE — John E. Mast, 85, of Nappanee, passed away peacefully at Elkhart General Hospital of a brain hemorrhage at 11:15 p.m. Friday.
Born June 27, 1927, in Thomas, Okla., he was the son of Eli J. and Anna (Yutzy) Mast.
On Jan. 11, 1951, John and Sarah (Hochstetler) were married. To this union were born: Steven Ray, deceased; Barbara Ellen (Dan) Yoder, (Ireland); Ruth Ann (John) Yoder, (Bluffton, Ind.); Irma Jean (Paul) Miller (Newcomerstown, Ohio), Susan Kay (Delbert) Schlabach (Ripley, Ohio) and Thomas Allen (Linda) Mast (Nappanee). Sarah died on May 11, 1967.
On March 31, 1968, John married Mabel Burkholder. Daughter: Carolyn (Daniel) Bontrager (Shipshewana). Mabel died on December 25, 1991.
On Jan. 9, 1993, John married Barbara L. Burkholder. Children: Steven (Marilyn) Burkholder, (Nappanee), Gary (Lillian) Burkholder (Rochester, Ind.) and Phyllis Burkholder (Goshen).
John was the retired owner of John Mast Construction, assistant pastor of Maple Lawn Church, missionary at El Salvador orphanage where he was called “Papi Juan” by orphans and many others.
John was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, three sisters, and one brother.
Survivors include his wife Barbara; brother, Joe E. (Ella) Mast, Chouteau, Okla.; sisters: Fannie (Christ) Miller, Mary (Merle) Overholt (Sarasota, Fla.), 39 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Maple Lawn Church, 29267 C.R. 52, Nappanee.
The funeral service will be at Maple Lawn Church, Nappanee, on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Paul E. Yoder and Daniel Bontrager, will officiate. Interment will be conducted by Gary Burkholder at Maple Lawn Church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to CICS (deaf school) in El Salvador, Central America.
In teaching us how to live John also showed us how to die. The family wishes to thank everyone for the blessing of touching our lives, and the many ways you share and show your sympathy.