Leon Jay Nafziger, 83, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at Courtyard Healthcare, Goshen, Ind.
He was born Nov. 3, 1937, in Archbold, where he grew up on the family farm.
Prior to his marriage, he served two years of 1W Service in La- Junta, Colo.
On April 30, 1960, he married Juanita Brenneman at East Goshen Mennonite Church. They raised their family in Goshen and have been active Goshen residents.
She survives along with three children, Kathy (Len) Emery, Donna M. (Mark) DeVito and Daryl (Colleen) Nafziger, all of Goshen, Ind.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; five sisters, Carolyn (Howard) Snyder, Pettisville, Alene (Danny) DeCoster, Belgium, Tiye (Patrick) Calavan, Loma, Colo., Julia (Steve) Nafziger, Archbold, and Angela (Steve) Gerig, Goshen, Ind.; and two brothers, P. Joe (Carol) Nafziger, Wauseon, and Gilbert James Nafziger, Archbold.
Along with his parents, Ervin Jay and Marjorie (Aeschliman) Nafziger, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Stanley and George Nafziger.
An attendee of Clinton Frame Church, family was very important to Leon, especially his grandchildren.
Mr. Nafziger was most recently a groundskeeper at Das Dutchman Essenhaus, Middlebury. He also worked at Burger Dairy, Troyer Poultry and Starcraft Marine.
He enjoyed the outdoor activities like gardening and mowing.
A 2 p.m. funeral service was held Nov. 23 at Clinton Frame Church. Nephew, Ryan Nafziger, officiated.
Memorial donations may be given to Clinton Frame Church.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfu neralhome.com.