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The Rev. Isaac L. Schmucker

The Rev. Isaac Lee Schmucker, 86, Marengo, died at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at his home after an extended illness.
A native of Midland, Mich., born June 8, 1916, he was the son of the late Levi and Susanna Kaufman Schmucker.
He was a pastor at Mt. Zion Brethren in Christ Church in Milltown, which he started in 1962; a former school teacher having taught English and Spanish in the Milltown and Leavenworth high schools; attended Nappanee High School; and graduated from Upland (Calif.) Academy and earned a bachelor’s degree from Upland College.
During World War II he served in the Civilian Public Service at Camp 36 in Santa Barbara, Calif., which was administered by the Brethren Service Committee. He became the director of Medical Relief for Puerto Rico, where he worked, and as a pre-med student, he served as a ship’s doctor for wounded soldiers returning from the war front on medical transport ships.
In the 1950s, he began work in the Christian ministry where he and his wife, Nina, served as missionaries to the Navajo Indians, and built a school and hospital for the Navajo Mission of the Brethren in Christ. They also served as missionaries in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada, for 5-1/5 years, where he taught the Bible in the Canadian schools.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Terzeta Schmucker; a brother, Christian Schmucker, and three sisters, Alma Borkholder, Elva Wells and Mary Yoder.
Survivors besides his wife of 53 years include four daughters, Ninita Conley of Evansville, Rosana Troxel of Lynchburg, Va., Lorita Elam of Marengo and Floreta Helm of Angela, Mont.; a foster daughter, Elizabeth Davis of Niles, Mich.; two brothers, Alvin Schmucker of Milford and Glenn Schmucker of Zionsville; three sisters, Bessie Garver of Bristol, Matilda Brenner of Dalton, Ohio, and Bertha Dickerhoff of Wolcottville; and 13 grandchildren.
Funeral: Sunday, Jan. 26, at Mt. Zion Brethren in Christ Church with burial in Batman Ridge Cemetery.
Officiant: Bishop John A. Byers.
Pianist: Rosana Troxel.
Arrangements: Dillman-Green Funeral Home in Marengo.
Pallbearers: Andrew Helm, Isaiah Helm, Samuel Helm, Michael Troxel, James Elam, Johnathan Elam, Justin Elam and Christopher Conley.
Honorary pallbearers: Chad Jones, Dennis McDonald and Rick McGlothin.