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April 3, 2014

Harley Bontrager

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Harley Bontrager of 10620 Patoka Road, Indianapolis, Ind., formerly of Cochranton, passed away at his residence in Indiana on Wednesday evening, April 2, 2014. He was 76.

He was born in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 23, 1937, a son of the late Daniel and Anna Stutzman Bontrager. On April 20, 1958, he married the former Sara Hostetler, who survives. Harley had been a lifelong truck driver who retired from IA Construction.

He was a member of Grace Mennonite Church, Hadley. Following his retirement, Harley took up the hobby of woodworking.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years; three daughters, Darlene Bontrager of Indianapolis, Debbie Bontrager and her husband, Joe Butterbaugh, of Conneaut Lake, and Dorothy Holowell and her husband, Delbert, of Indianapolis; five sisters, Betty McCrone of Hartville, Ohio, Mary Yoder of Harrisonburg, Va., Pauline Eby of Maryland, Norma Jean Bontrager of Hartville, and Dorothy Bontrager of Arizona; two brothers, Paul Bontrager of Hartville and Elmer Bontrager of Georgia; five grandchildren, Annessa Bontrager, Kaitlyn Bontrager, Matthew Holowell, Joshua Holowell and Zachary Holowell; two great-grandchildren, Tyko Holowell and Finnigan Holowell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Harley Bontrager Jr. and Darvin Bontrager; a sister, Clara Bontrager; and a brother, Daniel Bontrager Jr.

Friends may call at Robert L. Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. 3223 Perry Highway, Sheakleyville, on Saturday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and may share memories and condolences online at robertsnyderfuneralhome.com.

The funeral service will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Cochranton Community Church, 3993 E. Church St., Cochranton, with Samuel Hostetler, minister of Grace Mennonite Church, officiating. The interment will follow at Maple Grove Mennonite Cemetery, Deer Creek Township.

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