Obituary of Nevin Kaylor Brubaker
Nevin K Brubaker passed away peacefully under Hospice care at his home in Landisville, PA, on Tuesday November 21, 2023. We celebrate that Nevin is with Jesus. He lived his life to honor God and serve others with a big smile and infectious laugh. Nevin was 85 years old, born on August 17, 1938, the son of Daniel and Helen Brubaker. He was the husband of Mary Brubaker, enjoying 63 years of marriage together.
Nevin graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School and worked for Franklin H. Kreider before transitioning to Case New Holland as a Maintenance Mechanic where he worked for 27 years. He enjoyed his work at CNH; operators on the production floor were happy to see him because he could get the line back up and running. During retirement, Nevin volunteered for Mennonite Disaster Service.
Nevin was known as someone who had a big heart and could fix anything, frequently getting phone calls to repair ‘this’ or rebuild ‘that.’ He was rich in good deeds for others (1 Timothy 6:18). Nevin had a truck equipped with every tool you could imagine and always seemed to have just what was needed to get the job done. Guests to Nevin’s house were frequently taken to his shop so he could show them a ‘project’ he was working on.
East Petersburg Mennonite was Nevin’s church for all 85 years of his life as he strived to live by biblical standards. He held many roles over the years in his service to the church. He also liked doing upgrades, repairs, and maintenance on the church building. Nevin enjoyed owning and operating antique farm equipment, volunteering many hours at Rough & Tumble Historical Association. His pieces, such as tractors, steam engines, and gas engines, were always on display during R&T’s shows, and he also operated the sawmill.
Nevin is preceded in death by his parents as well as his daughter Brenda, son Ronald, and brother Galen. Along with his wife Mary, he is survived by his son Steve Brubaker, Steve’s wife Devon Brubaker, and grandsons Zachary Brubaker and Caden Brubaker. One of seven children, he is also survived by his brothers Dr. Kenton Brubaker and Dr. James Brubaker as well as his sisters Eleanor Peifer, Mary Lou Brubaker, and Rachel Horst.
A Celebration of Life service is planned for Sunday December 10, at 4 PM, at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, 6279 Main Street, East Petersburg, PA 17520. The family will receive guests from 2:30 PM until the time of the service. All are invited to a funeral luncheon following the service. Livestream will be available for the service: https://www.facebook.com/eastpetersburgmennonitechurch. Donations in Nevin’s memory can be made to Mennonite Disaster Service. https://mds.org/