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November 29, 2018 Elwood J. Swartzendruber
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

Elwood J. Swartzendruber, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at the Pleasantview Home in Kalona at the age of 86 years. Celebration of life service was held Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church. Pastor Don Patterson and Pastor Steve Nelson officiated. Burial was held in Lower Deer Creek Cemetery.

Elwood James Swartzendruber was born Nov. 26, 1931, in rural Parnell, Iowa, the son of Ora and Bertha (Miller) Swartzendruber. He graduated from Iowa Mennonite School.

On Aug. 4, 1962, Elwood was united in marriage to Ethel Witmer in Willow Street, Pennsylvania. They lived in Sharon Center for 12 years and then in rural Wellman for many years where they farmed.

Elwood and Ethel retired to Kalona in July 2012. He worked as a physical therapy aide at the University of Iowa Hospital for 32 years. Elwood was a member of the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church.

Elwood is survived by his wife: Ethel of Kalona; a son: Gary Swartzendruber of Parnell; two daughters: Sherie Swartzendruber of Iowa City and Jolene (George) Stoltzfus of Parkesburg, Pa.; five grandchildren; and four sisters: Wanda (Marion) Yoder of Goshen, Ind., Loris (Richard) Cunningham of Manheim, Pa., Janice (Linden) Smith of Lima, Ohio, and Myrna (David) Moyer of Telford, Pa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law: Curtis Graber.

A memorial fund has been established for Pleasantview Home and Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church.

Yoder-Powell Funeral Home of Kalona is caring for the family.

Messages may be sent to the family at www.powellfuneralhomes.com

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