Ina Ruth Breckbill

Ina Ruth (Krabill) Breckbill, 93, died Sept. 9, 2022, in Orrville, Ohio. She was born April 18, 1929, to Mahlon and Mary Ellen (Conrad) Krabill in Louisville, Ohio.


She attended Goshen College in Indiana, where she met the love of her life, Willis (Bill) Breckbill.  They were married on Aug. 14, 1954, at Beech Mennonite Church in Louisville. She loved her role as an encourager and supporter of Bill’s pastoral work. 

Together with her husband, they pastored at Bethel Mennonite Church, Biglerville, Pa.; First Mennonite Church, Canton, Ohio; as Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference minister while living in Louisville; Preston Mennonite Church, Cambridge, Ont.; as Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference minister while living in Goshen, Ind.; and Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen. They served in interim pastorates at Southside Fellowship, Elkhart, Ind., Greenfield Community, Portadown, Northern Ireland, and Central Mennonite Church, Archbold.

She didn’t enjoy being in front of people but was at her best making friends and building relationships one-on-one. She had many close friends with whom she shared love and laughter and good conversation, always with a plate of cookies she had baked and a cup of coffee.

Music was an important part of her life. She loved playing the piano, going to concerts and listening to her children play and sing music. She often led children’s music in Sunday school and Bible school. Music helped her through hard times and made the good times even better.

She will be lovingly remembered by her immediate and extended family and the many people who called her friend.

Survivors include four children, Anita (David) Breckbill of Lincoln, Neb., Bruce (Jill) Breckbill of Kidron, Don (Carola) Breckbill of Stoughton, Wis, and Anne (Holly Smart) Breckbill of St. Paul, Minn.; a sister, Anne (Abner) Hershberger; a sister-in-law, Grace Krabill; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis; a brother, Willard Krabill; and a son, David Breckbill.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 15 at Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen. Memorial contributions may be directed to Goshen College Music Center or Mennonite Central Committee.

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