Jacob Henry Flisher

Jacob Henry “Jake” Flisher Jr., 96, of Goshen, Ind., died Sept. 22, 2023. He was born April 27, 1927, in Nampa, Idaho, to Jacob and Ina (Berry) Flisher.

He married Arvilla Miller on Aug. 29, 1952, in Kalona, Iowa. She preceded him in death in 1998.

His education included lab technician training at St. Luke’s Hospital in Nampa, Hesston College in Kansas, Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Goshen College and Goshen Biblical Seminary.

In 1953, Jake and Arvilla became missionaries in Central India with Mennonite Board of Missions, where they worked until 1975. His work included lab technician and administrator of Dhamtari Christian Hospital. As an ordained minister, he pastored in several village churches. In 1975 they moved to Hannibal, Mo., where he became administrator of Beth Haven Nursing Home, where he worked until retirement in 1995. In Hannibal he was a member of Rotary Club.

In 2000 he moved to Greencroft Retirement Center, Goshen, where he lived until his death. He was a member of College Mennonite Church.

He is survived by four daughters, Mary Ina (Don) Hooley of Bluffton, Ohio, Judy (John) Ginger of Eugene, Ore., Sylvia (Dennis) Blaser of Caledonia, Ill., and Jeanette (Randy) Hunt of Millersville, Pa.; seven grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and 14 step-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Oct. 20 at Pea Ridge Mennonite Cemetery, Philadelphia, Mo. Memorial gifts may be directed to Mennonite Mission Network.


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