Amos B. Schwartz
Amos B. Schwartz, 81, of Geneva passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Bluffton Regional Medical Center in Bluffton following a long battle with cancer. He was born on January 13, 1932 in Adams County to John P. and Barbara (Schwartz) Schwartz. He was the 19th of 20 children born into the Old Order Amish home.
Early in adulthood, he and his first wife, Fannie (Swartzentruber), established their home in the Geneva area, where he was self-employed as a carpenter. He later founded Rainbow Construction and worked with his sons in Limberlost Construction. During the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, he was the owner of the Little Lamb Play and Learn Center in Alexandria. Most recently, he has worked as a restorational contractor. He is best known for his work in restoring covered bridges, old barns, and other historic structures. Some of the many organizations with which he was affiliated include Historic Landmark Foundation of Indiana, Indiana State Fair Pioneer Village, Limberlost Land Association, Mennonite Disaster Service, Swiss Heritage Society of Berne, and the Berne Rotary.
He was an active member of the Berne Evangelical Church, having served on various committees and teaching Sunday school classes. His passion for mission work trips led him to South Carolina, Louisiana, and Florida to help rebuild after hurricanes and other natural disasters and to the Dominican Republic to build a school. He was an encourager with a competitive spirit – as many friends on the golf course knew well.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Neva (Peters) Schwartz; four sons, Marvin R. (Linda) Schwartz of Monroe; Kenneth (Lindsey) Schwartz; and Michael L. (Dayon) Schwartz, both of Geneva; and Theodore “Toby” Schwartz; three daughters, Elizabeth (Gary) Liechty; and Cynthia (Steve) Moore, both of Berne; Teresa (Todd) Moser of Fort Wayne; two step-sons, Craig Peters of Bellingham, Washington; and Scott (Jennifer) Peters of Geneva; step-daughter, Erin (Chris) Hubbard of Indianapolis; daughter-in-law, Lisa Schwartz of Portland; brother, Joseph B. (Rosa) Schwartz of Grabill; sister, Rachel Hostetler of Sturgis, Michigan; 33 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and may nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 10 brothers; and seven sisters.
Visitation will be from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19 and one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. funeral service on Wednesday, February 20 at the Berne Evangelical Church, 5481S 450W, Berne. Burial will be at Evangelical Mennonite Church Cemetery. Officiating will be Pastor Kent Fahl.
Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the Berne Evangelical Church; Swiss Heritage Society of Berne; or the Hope Clinic of Berne/Decatur.
Arrangements provided by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne. Sign the guest book online at www.yagerkirchhofer.com.