Lewis L. Schlabach, 86, of Traverse City went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 24, 2020. He was born on September 2, 1933 in Hartville, OH the son of Levi and Mary (Sommers) Schlabach.
Lewis grew up working on the family farm in Hartville. He then worked in construction for several years before becoming a general mason which he did for the rest of his working life. He married Alma Weaver on November 9, 1954 in Hartville, and they moved to Northern Michigan where he continued to work as a mason in both Traverse City and Charlevoix. They were always hospitable, and often would host people staying at their house. Lewis was a devoted Christian and desired to serve the Lord. He served as a deacon and pastor at Grace Fellowship Mennonite Church in Charlevoix. He enjoyed gardening, beekeeping, woodworking, and growing fruit trees on their property.
Lewis is survived by his loving wife, Alma Schlabach; seven children, Joseph (Tootz) Schlabach of Cochranton, PA, Phillip (Martha) Schlabach of Trinidad, CO, John (Virginia) Schlabach of Cedar, MI, James (Christine) Schlabach, Traverse City, MI, Nathan (Charlene) Schlabach of Sarasota, FL, David (Joann) Schlabach of Westcliffe, CO, and Mark (Starla) Schlabach of Lancaster, PA; son-in-law David (Joy) Hostetler of Jeromesville, OH; sister Alma Miller of East Rochester, OH; 38 grandchildren; and 63 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Levi and Mary Schlabach; two daughters, Esther Dawn Hostetler and Ruth Hope Schlabach; a grandchild, Cory Schlabach; two sisters, Lucille Schlabach and Edna Troyer; and a brother, Earl Schlabach.
Funeral services will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2020 at Center Point Assembly of God, 5291 M-66, Charlevoix, MI 49720. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, August 28 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral at eleven, also at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Grace Fellowship Mennonite Church, 11675 Boyne City Rd., Charlevoix, MI 49720.
Arrangements are in the care of the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign his online guestbook at www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com