J. Clair Hollinger, 88, cabinet maker, industrial arts teacher, Lititz Mennonite minister and missionary

By on November 15, 2017

J. Clair Hollinger, 88, of Landis Homes, formerly of Lititz, went home to be with his Lord, on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.

Born in W. Lampeter Township, he was the son of the late Mahlon S. and Katie R. Leaman Hollinger. He was the loving husband of Lois E. Shirk Hollinger, having celebrated 65 years of marriage in September.

After serving 1W service in Philadelphia for two years, he went on to work as a cabinet maker for Kreider Brothers in Smoketown. A graduate of Eastern Mennonite Seminary, he served several congregations, including Vine Street Mennonite and Charlotte Street Mennonite churches in Lancaster; Ridgeway Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, Va.; and Lititz Mennonite Church.

Along with his wife, he served as a missionary in Trinidad. He taught industrial art at Lancaster Mennonite High School. He also served as a radio pastor for Moments of Glad Tidings. He served as an evangelist in many churches throughout Lancaster County and beyond.

Clair will be remembered for his devotion to God and his family, as well as his stories and poems. He enjoyed building wooden puzzles and playing games. Clair loved people; everyone he met became a friend.

In addition to his wife, he will be lovingly missed by three sons: Jeryl, married to Mary Hurst Hollinger, Kalispell, Mont.; John, married to Grace Garber Hollinger, Quarryville; Joseph, married to Cheryl Sell Hollinger, Lancaster; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Ruth Hollinger, Kathryn (Kay) Hollinger, both of Lancaster; brothers-in-law: Harvey Hostetter, Landis Homes; Willard Stauffer, Ephrata.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

A memorial services was held Nov. 14 at the Landis Homes West Bethany Chapel, Lititz. Private interment will be in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery.

If desired, contributions may be made to the Landis Homes Caring Fund or Hospice and Community Care.

Furman Home for Funerals, Leola, was entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be posted to FurmanFuneralHome.com.

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