Donald Graber

Donald D. Graber, 85 of Berne passed away Thursday, February 18, 2021, at Swiss Village in Berne. He was born January 12, 1936, at the home farm in Monroe Township to Henry P. and Adella (Habegger) Graber. He was married March 25, 1972, at the First Mennonite Church in Berne to Nancy Eicher.
He was a member of the First Mennonite Church in Berne. He graduated from Adams Central High School in 1954 and later attended schooling to receive his journeyman’s license as a maintenance machinist. He retired from the National Guard after 20 years of service. He was previously employed by Adams Builders, McIntosh, Masco in Kendallville and Limberlost Construction. He was also a co-owner of Monroe Construction.
He had many interests which included woodworking, creating and building wooden toys, fishing, gardening and working on word and logic puzzles. He and his wife spent many years volunteering at Camp Friedenswald in Cassopolis, Michigan helping with various projects, which included helping to prepare many meals for campers and staff. He was a wonderful helpmate for Nancy. Together, they enjoyed hosting and preparing countless meals for family and friends. Together, they also enjoyed spending time/caring for various great and great-great nieces and nephews. They were an inseparable team.
He is survived by his wife; son, Joe (Jilaine) Graber of Berne; and sister, Eileen (Sprunger) Daugherty of Berne.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Evelyn Rich; and Delores Moser; and step-mother, Rachel (Schwartz) Graber.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 27 at 11 a.m. at First Mennonite Church. Officiating will be Pastor Jim Schwartz. Due to COVID-19 precautions, there will be no visitation prior to the service on Saturday. A link to view the memorial service will be available at the First Mennonite Church website
Memorials may be made to Camp Friedenswald or Swiss Village.
Arrangements provided by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Yager-Kirchhofer Chapel in Berne. To sign the online guestbook, visit