Harold Richard Santschi left this earth on October 31st to be with his beloved wife, Ora, of sixty years. He was born on October 14, 1923 in Bluffton, Ohio to Louis and Naomi. His mother passed away when he was three years old, and he was raised by his grandparents on their farm in Bluffton along with his sister, Alice, and his cousin, Charlotte. He attended Bluffton High School and was a standout football player during his years there. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a gunner in PBY patrol aircraft during the Aleutian Island campaign. He worked twenty nine years for Pacific Northwest Bell as a Yellow Page ad salesman and retired in 1984.
E. Wayne Amstutz, 90, of Bluffton died at 12:18 am October 26, 2012 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Wayne and his twin brother, Dwaine were born in Bluffton to Benjamin and Naomi (Amstutz) Amstutz on August 30, 1922. When he was 4 years old his mother died. In 1931 his father married Elma Diller. Wayne grew up on the family farm in Putnam County. On February 16, 1947 he married Louise Wilch and she survives.
Genevieve Marie Leightner, 97, of Pandora died at 8:15 a.m. November 1, 2012 at Bluffton Hospital. She was born February 24, 1915 in Toledo to Edward Guy and Maude Murbach Dilgart. On September 16, 1939 she married Clinton Edward Leightner and he preceded her in death on September 9, 2004. Mrs. Leightner was a homemaker. She was a 54-year member of the Pandora Missionary Church where she had been pianist and organist, a member of Gideons International Auxiliary, and was a charter member of three churches in Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee. She liked to sew, cook, can and freeze, and made wonderful pies. She was a graduate of Clyde High School and attended Ft. Wayne Bible Institute.
Imogene E. Althaus, age 83 of Wadsworth passed away October 28, 2012 at Magnolia Village. She was born on August 2, 1929 in Bluffton, OH the daughter of Hiram and Edith (Basinger) Wenger and married John J. Althaus on November 2, 1952. Imogene was a homemaker and Registered Nurse and was an active member of First Mennonite Church of Wadsworth. Surviving in addition to her husband are her son David (Nancy) of Delhi, New York, daughters Janice of Wadsworth and Cheryl (Joe) Bareiter of Marshallville, a grandson Benjamin Althaus, granddaughter Bethany Althaus, step granddaughter Jaclyne (Bareiter) Sesock, step grandson Joey Bareiter and a step great grandson James Bareiter.