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Feb. 8, 1910-Nov. 14, 2006
Rev. Etril J. Leinbach, 96, 1801 Greencroft Blvd., died at
11:10 p.m. Tuesday at Goshen General Hospital, where he’d been a
patient since Nov. 11. He was born Feb. 8, 1910 in Nappanee to Leander
Garber and L. Anna Leinbach.
He married Wilma Pearl Pletcher Oct. 7, 1933 in Middlebury. She survives. He attended New Paris High School, audited at Goshen College and took classes at Goshen Biblical Seminary. He was a member of Clinton Frame Mennonite Church.
He served on almost every committee of the Indiana and Michigan Church Conference and was a delegate to the General Assembly Conference of North America for six Mennonite world conferences. He visited 47 states in the United States, and 17 foreign countries.
He worked at Western Rubber in Goshen from 1930 to 1939 and had a bread route in Millersburg, Benton, Syracuse and North Webster. In 1939 he purchased half interest in Pletcher Dairy in Middlebury. As a pastor he worked part-time wallpapering and painting and drove a mail truck from White Pigeon to Kalamazoo, Mich. Also, he drove a school bus for 15 years and worked in a cabinet shop for eight years.
He became an ordained minister in 1948 and served a total of 40 years. He served 20 of those years at Moore Park Mennonite Church in Michigan; eight years at Valparaiso Mennonite Church; and retired in 1976. He was an interim pastor for three years at Benton Mennonite Church and six and half years at Emma Mennonite Church.
Along with his wife, he is survived by two sons, Keith (Vi) Leinbach, Haven, Kan., Dale (Edie) Leinbach, Toccoa, Ga.; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three half sisters, Dorcas Snyder, Goshen; Violet (John) Kaufman, Goshen, Cora Askrin, Goshen; and two half brothers, Verlin Garber, Boston and Keith (Roma) Anglemyer, Wakarusa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three half sisters, Myrtle Shaum, Lovina Hershberger and Hazel Toney; and a half brother, Leroy Garber.
Friends and family may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. A memorial service will take place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church with the Revs. Terry Diener and Jeff Mumaw, and family friend Brooks Henry.
There will be a private family burial service at Clinton Union Cemetery, Goshen.
Memorial donations may be made to the Mennonite Mission Network or to the donor’s choice.
Online condolences can be made at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.