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Lazarus Project

An expanded obituary project of MennObits.  Includes additional information of obituaries appearing in
The Mennonite and other newspapers.  
Source of individual obituaries given with each record.  Project managed by Thelma Martin.

2021  T to V

Thomas, Betty Louise Miller ; . . Thomas, Vernon S. ; . . Troyer, Jon S. ; . . Vetter, J. Mark ; . .


Thomas, Betty Louise Miller
February 7, 1926 - February 18, 2021

Betty Louise Thomas, 95, of Goshen, died Thursday, February 18, 2021, at Courtyard Healthcare.

She was born February 7, 1926 in Goshen to O. Melvin and Fannie (Slabach) Miller.

On May 6, 1945 she married Raymond Thomas. He died July 15, 2004.

She was a volunteer at Goshen General Hospital for 47 years and volunteered at Gospel Echoes Prison Ministry signing Bibles for 10 years. She worked at Yoder’s Department Store, Shipshewana selling shoes for 20 years.

She was a member of Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth (Elaine) Thomas of Goshen and Keith Thomas (friend, Brenda Powers) of Middlebury; a daughter, Ginny (Keith) King of Goshen, eight grandchildren, Sabrina Pletcher, Sheila Schmidt, Kelly Thomas, Kyle Thomas, Kami Thomas, Ben King, Nate King and Joel King and 15 great-grandchildren, Reese, Mason and Bryce Pletcher, Jerry and Raymond Schmidt, Victoria Thomas and Josiah, Abigail, Madison, Sadie, Peyton, Madilyn, Olivia, Emma and Nora King.

Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Maurice, Mervin and Melvin J. Miller; a granddaughter, Kimberly Thomas and two great-grandsons, Bennett King and Leland King.

Friends may call Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the 2 p.m. funeral service on Sunday at Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church. Revs. Randall Riegsecker and Roy Rodes will officiate.

Burial will follow in Clinton Union Cemetery.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Thomas, Vernon S.
December 19, 1929 - January 9, 2021

Vernon S. Thomas, 91, of Middlebury, died at 9:27 am, on Saturday, January 9 at Goshen Health Hospital. He was born on December 19, 1929, in Middlebury, to Sam and Lizzie (Yoder) Thomas. On February 22, 1953, in Townline Mennonite Church, he married Dorothy Mae Kropf; she died December 6, 2020.

Surviving are two daughters, Shirley (Merlin) Miller of Middlebury, Doris (Thomas) Johns of Topeka; five sons, Larry Thomas, Richard (Trula) Thomas, Norman Thomas, Don (Cheryl) Thomas, Mark (Susan) Thomas all of Middlebury; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Edna Thomas of Goshen; brother, Orval Thomas of Grabill.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; one granddaughter; four sisters, Irene Yoder, Ella Thomas, Diana Mast, Orpha Troyer; three brothers, Henry, Ralph, and Melvin Thomas.

Vernon was a farmer and a member of Townline Mennonite Church. He was a lifetime member of the National Holstein Association and the Elkhart County Holstein Directors. He served on the Elkhart County Dairy Board and the Elkhart County DHIA Board for more than 20 years. Vernon and Dorothy helped many years at the Gospel Echoes Auction and oversaw the pancakes and sausage breakfast at the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale.

Visitation will be from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Tuesday, January 12 at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street, Middlebury. There will also be one hour of visitation prior to the 11:00 am funeral service on Wednesday, January 13 at Townline Mennonite Church, Shipshewana. Services will be conducted by Andrew Eversole. Burial will be in Townline Cemetery, Shipshewana.

Memorials may be given to Gospel Echoes Prison Ministry. The family and funeral home encourage anyone attending the services please wear a face covering.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Troyer, Jon S.
October 27, 1960 - March 19, 2021

ELIDA — Jon S. Troyer, age 60, was called into the presence of the Lord at 3:23 am Friday, March 19, 2021, at The Ohio State University-Wexner Medical Center surrounded by family.

Jon was born October 27, 1960 in Lima, OH to the late Leonard and Betty (Sauder) Troyer. On July 27, 1985 he married the love of his life, Cheryl Ann (Phillips) Troyer.

Jon was a 1979 graduate of Elida High School. He grew up on a farm in Elida and was a life-long farmer. He and his brother Craig, owned and operated Troyer Brother's Farm. Jon also worked part-time at Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center as a Surgical Tech. Jon enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson with his wife and the "Wild Hogs". He also was an avid fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a nature lover and enjoyed playing softball. Jon had been an active member of FFA, 4-H and the Royal Family Kids Camp. Jon was a man of great faith and loved the Lord. He was a faithful member of the Salem Mennonite Church and he was a proud husband, father and grandfather. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Cheryl Ann Troyer of Elida; five children, Joshua (Shannon Miller-Hancock) Troyer of Lima, Sarah E. (Joseph) Metzger of Delphos, Shane M. (Jasmine) Troyer of Findlay, Adam E. (Chloe Nulton) Troyer of Lima and Jessica M. (Kyle) Mack of Lima; eight grandchildren, Alec, Baeden, Arabella, Emersyn, Rain, Axle "Lane", Jayce and Reece; four siblings, Bev Hendricks of Telford, PA, Yvonne (Steve) Mallery of Fort Wayne, IN, Max (Janet) Troyer of Harrisonburg, VA and Craig (Cindi) Troyer of Elida; mother-in-law, Diana (Wayne) Millirans Phillips Good of Lumberton, NC; brother-in-law, Kevin (Lisa) Phillips of Lima, sister-in-law, Tracy (Keith) Blake of Tampa, FL and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by a daughter, Kaitlyn Marie Troyer on October 25, 1991; granddaughter, Aliyah Troyer; brother-in-law, Bob Hendricks and father-in-law, James R. Phillips.

Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am Friday, March 26, 2021, at Lima First Church, 1660 Findlay Road, Lima, Ohio 45801. Pastor Paula Belousek and Pastor Darrell Bucher will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Salem Mennonite Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday, March 24, and 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 pm Thursday, March 25, at CHILES -LAMAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL and from 10:00 to 11:00 am on Friday prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at
Submitted by: Jenny Long, Elida, OH


Vetter, J. Mark
May 25, 1952 - January 7, 2021

J. Mark Vetter, 68, of Granger, died at 7:45 am on Thursday, January 7 at Center for Hospice Care Raclin House, Mishawaka, after a one-year battle with cancer. He was born on May 25, 1952 in Fort Wayne, to Ralph and Julia (Gerlach) Vetter. On May 9, 1992 in Goshen, he married Doris Miller; she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are daughter, Amanda Vetter of Granger; son, Andrew Vetter of Granger; sister, Sarah Vetter of Petoskey, MI.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mark worked as a tool and die maker many years for several businesses both in the Chicago area and in our local area. He later worked as a school bus mechanic and driver for the Goshen School System from 2003 until 2019. He was a man of deep faith and loved spending time with his church family. Mark also enjoyed golfing, photography, being outdoors, and woodworking in his earlier years.

Visitation will be from 1:00- 5:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Friday, January 15 at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street, Middlebury. The family will hold a private graveside service on Saturday, January 16 prior to the 1:00 pm memorial service at Siloam Fellowship, 61616 CR 35, Goshen. Burial will be in Clinton Union Cemetery, Goshen. Memorials may be given to Bibles for America (

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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