John Amstutz, 80, Wadsworth

John Lewis Amstutz, 80, of Wadsworth and formerly of Kidron, entered eternal rest on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, lovingly surrounded by family, following a period of declining health at the home of his son, Walter.

He was born near Dalton on Nov. 24, 1932, to the late Daniel F. and Eva (Gerber) Amstutz.  On Oct. 14, 1953, he married Ethel Eberly. She preceded him in death on Nov. 11, 2004. On April 26, 2008, he married Beulah (Good) Horst, widow of the late Ernest Horst. She survives.

In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was a faithful member of the Maple Hill Mennonite Church at the time of his death.

In addition to his wife, Beulah, he is survived by five sons and four daughters, Clayton (Rose) of Edinburgh, Ind., John (Carol) of Wadsworth, Merle (Marilyn) of Apple Creek, Anna (Elvin) Deiter of Dover, Pa., Walter (Jean) of Rittman, Naomi of Gap, Pa., Jacob (Phyllis) of Dalton Gardens, Ind., Catharine of Holmesville and Mabel (Donald) Hertzler of Veguita, N.M.; three brothers, Earl, Paul and David; a sister, Ruth Hershberger; 41 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are three stepsons, four stepdaughters, and a stepdaughter-in-law, Barbara (Dennis) Good of Elkton, Md., David (Carolyn) Horst of N. Fairfield, Donna (Charles) Steiner of Shiloh, Rhoda (Marcus) Steiner of Cambridge Springs, Pa., Becky (Eugene) Kreider of Bethel, Pa., Ruth (Richard) Weaver of Dongola, Ill., Jason (Mary Ann) Horst of Hope, Ind., and James (Miriam) Horst of Wadsworth; 62 step-grandchildren and 62 step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by brothers, Lester and Marvin; a great-granddaughter; a stepson; and a step-grandson.

Services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at the East Union Mennonite Church, 10678 Old Lincoln Way, Orrville, with the ministry of the Maple Hill Mennonite Church officiating. Burial was in Bethel Mennonite Church Cemetery.  

Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton handled the arrangements.

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