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Levi S. Weirich, 85, Martinsville
Levi S. Weirich, 85, Martinsville, went home to glory 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, Jan 30, 1928. He was one of 13 children, six who survive; Manasses of Millersburg, Mary Weaver, Elizabeth Miller, Lydia Mae Ganger, Joas and Samuel Weirich Jr., all of Goshen.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Enos and Eli Weirich, and four siblings who died in infancy.

He graduated from Middlebury High School in 1946. He married Helen Vincent April 26, 1947; she survives. They are the parents of three children, Ron Weirich (wife, Vicki) of Goshen, Crystal Chandler (husband, Carl) of Martinsville, and Gordon Weirich (wife, Barb) of Harrisonburg, Va. They have eight grandchildren, Carmen Elliott (husband, Randy), Veronica Berkey (husband, Gary), Cara Chandler (husband, Jason Openshaw), Brad Weirich (wife, Melissa), Cary Chandler (wife, Michelle), Jessica Weirich, Gordon David (wife, Sarah Beth), and Justin Levi Weirich (wife, Sarah). They have 13 great-grandchildren.

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 1/2 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 recipients of his kindness, humor and acts of service.

Visitation was at Costin Funeral Chapel, Martinsville, Sunday, July 28 and prior to the funeral service Monday. The funeral was conducted Monday, July 29, at Bean Blossom Mennonite Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Mennonite Disaster Service in care of Bean Blossom Mennonite Church, State Road 135 North, Morgantown, IN 46160.

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  • August 29
    Watermelon fundraiser on Village Green
    1 to 4 p.m. Village Green, Main and Jefferson streets
  • August 30
    Golf scramble to benefit BCHS athletics set
    1 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • August 30
    Mission trip presentation at Fruitdale church
    2 p.m. Midway Church,
  • September 3
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 3
    Future of rural places subject of talk
    5:30 p.m. Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East
  • September 5
    BCHS class of 2005 reunion slated
    3 to 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Deer Run Park; Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • September 6
    Read to dogs at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 8
    Peaceful Valley Heritage meeting
    6:30 p.m. BCCF, 209 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 8
    Retired teachers
    noon Hotel Nashville, 245 N. Jefferson St.
  • September 9
    Nashville Town Council
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 12
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • September 18
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    4 to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 18
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    7:30 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 19
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    8 a.m. to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 19
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    6 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 20
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    2 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 28
    American history DVD to play at library
    1 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • October 4
    Read to a dog at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane