June 27, 1927 - May 3, 2013
NAPPANEE - John E. Mast, 85, of Nappanee, passed away peacefully at Elkhart General Hospital of a brain hemorrhage at 11:15 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013.
Born June 27, 1927, in Thomas, Okla., he was the son of Eli J. and Anna (Yutzy) Mast.
On Jan. 11, 1951, John and Sarah (Hochstetler) were married. To this union were born: Steven Ray, deceased; Barbara Ellen (Dan) Yoder of Ireland; Ruth Ann (John) Yoder of Bluffton; Irma Jean (Paul) Miller of Newcomerstown, Ohio; Susan Kay (Delbert) Schlabach of Ripley, Ohio; and Thomas Allen (Linda) Mast of Nappanee. Sarah died on May 11, 1967.
On March 31, 1968, John married Mabel Burkholder. Their daughter, Carolyn (Daniel) Bontrager of Shipshewana, survives. Mabel died on Dec. 25, 1991.
On Jan. 9, 1993, John married Barbara L. Burkholder. Their children, Steven (Marilyn) Burkholder of Nappanee; Gary (Lillian) Burkholder of Rochester; and Phyllis Burkholder of, Goshen survive.
John was the retired owner of John Mast Construction, assistant pastor of Maple Lawn Church and a missionary at El Salvador orphanage, where he was called "Papi Juan" by orphans and many others.
John was preceded in death by his parents; infant son; three sisters; and one brother.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara; brother Joe E. (Ella) Mast of Chouteau, Okla.; sisters Fannie (Chris) Miller and Mary (Merle) Overholt of Sarasota, Fla.; 39 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2013, and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2013, all at Maple Lawn Church, 29267 C.R. 52, Nappanee. The funeral will be at Maple Lawn Church, Nappanee, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2013, with Paul E. Yoder and Daniel Bontrager officiating. Interment will be in Maple Lawn Church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to CICS (deaf school) El Salvador, Central America.
In teaching us how to live, John also showed us how to die. The family wishes to thank everyone for the blessing of touching our lives, and the many ways you've shown your sympathy during this time.