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Crash survivor said stable

January 14, 2013

Vehicle in which a Geneva-area man and a Portland-area man died last week. (Photo courtesy of the Sturgis, Michigan, Journal)

    Menno Schwartz, 23-year-old rural Geneva resident who was seriously injured in a Wednesday traffic accident which killed two other men, was listed in stable condition on Friday in the trauma center of Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
    He was airlifted to the hospital after the one-vehicle crash on an icy Fawn River Road in White Pigeon Township, approximately 30 miles south of Kalamazoo,
    Killed in the crash were Chris L. Eicher, 50, of Geneva, and Dan C. Graber, 48, of Portland.
    The Sturgis (Michigan) Journal reports that two others in the van, Amos Coblentz, 51 of rural Berne, and Andy Stutzman, 55 of rural Monroe Ind., were not injured, according to deputies.
    No information has been learned about the conditions of James Hilty, 38, of Bryant, a passenger in the van, and Kirk Wayne Miller, 30, of Keystone in Wells County. Miller was driving the van carrying the other six men when it slid off the icy road and rolled over into several trees.
    The men reportedly are employees of DC Graber Construction of Pennville.
    Visitation for Graber is from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. today at the Daniel C. Graber residence, 638W - 400 N Portland. Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. on Sunday at the Graber residence.
    Visitation for Eicher was held Thursday and Friday. His funeral will be held at 9 a.m. today at the John A.C. Schwartz residence, 8851 S 400 W, Geneva.

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