Roger K. Amstutz
MOUNT VERNON — Roger K. Amstutz, 72, of Mount Vernon, devoted husband, father and grandfather, died suddenly and unexpectedly of natural causes Sunday morning, Nov. 13, 2005, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
He was born in Tiro, Ohio, to the late Lester W. and Margaret E. (Swartz) Amstutz. In 1950, Roger graduated from Tiro High School. On Dec. 27, 1952, he married the former Margaret Crall. Mrs. Amstutz survives. He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean conflict. Following his military service, he returned to the Bucyrus area and became the postmaster at Sulphur Springs, Ohio, a position he held for 33 years until his retirement in 1989. Roger had been active with the Colonel Crawford Band Parents, serving as president for several years.
After living in the Bucyrus area most of his life, Roger and his wife moved to Mount Vernon last year and were attending Chapel Hill Baptist Church near Mount Vernon.
Roger is survived by his children, Gail D. (Peggy) Amstutz of Augusta, Ga., Norman A. (Debbie) Amstutz of Galion, Marion M. (Janice) Amstutz of Polk, Kevin W. Amstutz of Sulphur Springs and Heather M. (Mark) Thomas of Mount Vernon; grandchildren, Chad, Jennifer and Scott Amstutz, and Megan, Alayna and Travis Thomas; as well as eight stepgrandchildren and numerous stepgreat-grandchildren. Of his 12 brothers and sisters, seven survive.
Roger and Margaret had been actively involved in the E.F. Exchange Student Program and had hosted an exchange student for a year who became like a son to them. He is Ryoko, his wife, Fumio, and their children, Sawa and Nagi.
In addition to his family, Roger also enjoyed gardening and was an excellent baker.
Friends may call Wednesday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Wise Funeral Service, where funeral services will be observed Thursday at 11 a.m. with pastors Dan Whisner and Walt Keib officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery. Military rites will be provided at the graveside by Colonel Crawford Post 181, American Legion.
Memorial contributions may be made to Chapel Hill Baptist Church or The American Heart Association through the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.wisefuneral.com.
William S. Beltz
MOUNT VERNON — William S. Beltz, 72, of Mount Vernon died Nov. 15, 2005, at the Country Court Nursing Center. The North-Dilley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Leonard A. Coon
MOUNT VERNON — Leonard A. Coon, 73, of Mount Vernon passed away Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005, at Knox Community Hospital. The funeral arrangements will be under the care and direction of the Snyder Funeral Homes, Mount Vernon.
Betty L. Fowler
UTICA — A funeral service for Betty L. Fowler, 77, formerly of Delaware, will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Law-Baker Funeral Home, Utica, with the Rev. Ric Harvel officiating. Burial will be in Newark Memorial Gardens.
Betty died Nov. 11, 2005, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus. She was born Jan. 27, 1928, in Salem, Ohio, to the late Ernest J. and Eunice E. (Hatch) Higgins. She graduated from Utica High School in 1946.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Laurie A. Davis of Corydon, Ind.; granddaughter, Theresa (George) McComis; great-grandson, Robert Wesley McComis of Delaware; sister, Juanita Snair of Newark; extended family, Michaela A. Guy, Jessica Guy and Nochola Boyd, all of Delaware, and Elaine Brenneman, Jarica Brenneman and Alexis Byrd, all of Corydon, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David W. Fowler, who died Nov. 25, 1964.
Friends may call Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Law-Baker Funeral Home, 34 N. Main St., Utica, OH.
Robert F. Griffin
HOWARD — Robert F. Griffin, 66, went to be home with the Lord on Nov. 13, 2005. Bob will be remembered for his love of the beach, sun, golf, bowling and life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Mabel Griffin; and his infant son and daughter.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary; daughters, Shelly Conley of Mogadore, Kim (Jeff) Asher of Sunbury and Karen Knight of Mogadore; sisters, Helen Griffin of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Phyllis DeWitt of Shelby; brothers, Russell (Peg) Griffin and Earl (Pauline) Griffin, both of Johnson City, Tenn., Donald (Ruth) Griffin of Willard and Larry Griffin of Virginia Beach, Va.; grandchildren, Joseph Conley, Emily and Zachary Asher, and Savannah and Sierra Thomas; great-grandchildren, Logan and Joseph Conley.
Bob started his career with the A.C.&Y Railroad, which later became Norfolk Western and retired from what is now Norfolk Southern. Bob and Mary are members of the Central Church of Christ in Mount Vernon.
A service celebrating the life of Robert F. Griffin will be Thursday, Nov. 17, at noon at the Central Church of Christ in Mount Vernon. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Central Church of Christ, 1005 Harcourt Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
Those unable to attend the service may log onto www.snyderfuneralhomes.com and link into the online memorial and registry page.
COSHOCTON — William A. Kirkpatrick, 82, of Fulton Drive, Coshocton, died Nov. 14, 2005, at the Coshocton County Memorial Hospital.
Funeral service will be Thursday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Fischer Funeral Home in Warsaw with Pastor Larry Armentrout officiating. Burial will be in the Valley View Cemetery at Warsaw, with graveside military services conducted by the Coshocton County Joint Veterans Council. Visitation will be Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. and until service time on Thursday at the funeral home.