Obituary for Rev William S "Bill" Offutt

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Rev William S "Bill" Offutt

March 13, 1915 - November 2, 2012

Rev. William S. "Bill" Offutt peacefully passed away November 2, 2012 at the Franklin United Methodist Community with his daughter, Judie Lahr at his side. Bill was a longtime resident of FUMC and a former resident of Columbus and Vincennes. He was born March 13, 1915 in Chicago, IL to the late Herbert C. Offutt & Josephine (Stanley) Offutt. Bill was 1934 graduate of Vincennes Lincoln High. He went on to Vincennes University (class of 1936) & Purdue University (class of1938). There he studied engineering & was a member of Theta Chi. He married Alberta Lou (Day) Offutt on November 26, 1938 , who preceded him in death September 29, 2011 after 72+ loving years. Their devotion and dedication to each other & their faith was evident to all those who knew them. We are sure they are reunited now. Bill served with the Cavalry Mule Pack Outfit during WWII. He also learned photography. After WWII he returned to Vincennes where he was owner/operator of "Photos by Offutt" for several years. He then returned to the engineering field in corporations. He was called to the ministry, attending Garrett Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. He servedthe Southern Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church for 22 years, retiring to Columbus, IN. He was very active in Asbury Methodist Church in Columbus. From 1995 he was an active and involved resident of FUMC. He was the past president of the Men's Club & the past Aquatic's Exercise Instructor. Bill enjoyed sailing (as a young man), fishing, swimming & playing pool. He was a great family man! He enjoyed others of all ages and walks of life. Bill will be missed by his daughter: Judie Lahr of Columbus; three grandchildren: Douglas (wife Carrie) Lahr of Indianapolis, Scott (wife Nicole) Offutt of Alexandria, VA & Rene (Husband, Frank) Godoy of North Carolina: Five great grandchildren: Colton, Parker & Norah Lahr of Indianapolis, Elyssa & Caillou Godoy; and Daughter-in-law : Roz Ann Offutt , all of North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his wife: one son: David S. Offutt; a son-in-law: James A. Lahr; one grandson: Brian J. Lahr; one brother Robert Offutt, and one sister Frances Ralston. Rev. David Lee will conduct a Celebration of Life service at 1:30 pm on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 in the Wright Chapel of the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson St. in Franklin. Military Rites will be presented by the Franklin Honor Guard. Following the Memorial Service, a reception will be held by Bill's family inthe Fellowship Hall at FUMC for friends and family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown. Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Bill to the "Benevolent Fund" of the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson St, Franklin, IN 46131 Expression of caring and kindness may be sent to the Offutt family at Information: 812-597-4670.


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Born: March 13, 1915
Died: November 2, 2012

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Vincennes University Alumni and Foundation Staff posted on 1/1/00

Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to your family in your time of loss. Please let us know if we can be of service.


Claudia Schneider posted on 1/1/00

You father was a fine man and will be greatly missed. We have fond memories of both your parents during their time at Asbury United Methodist Church. Our parents, Ed and Faye Linder, counted them among their closest friends. All of our lives have been better for having known them. Claudia Schneider, Becky Wilson and families


Mardel Miller posted on 1/1/00

Judie, I know how hard it is to lose a loved one. The great memories and ways they have inspired our lives stay with us forever. My memories of your dad [and mom


Scott Medd posted on 1/1/00

Judy and family. The loss of Bill is a great loss not only to you but those of us who had the privlege of knowing him. We were blessed to have him at Glenwood. I will always remember him taking me out on his sailboat. I knew nothing about sailing but he took the time to show me what to do. The world will be poorer without him. If there is anything I can do please feel free to contact me. Scott Medd