Wendell Baldwin Tuttle
Wendell Baldwin Tuttle, 80, of Pitchin passed away Sunday morning, February 24, 2008 in his residence.
He was born in Pitchin, Ohio on April 30, 1927, the son of Howard and Minnie (Baldwin) Tuttle.
A graduate of South Charleston High School, Wendell was a dairy farmer for many years and also went on to serve as the Executive Director of the Clark County Fair. He also committed 20 years of service as a Green Township Trustee. Other employment included his work at the Clark County Engineer's Office.
Wendell was lifelong member of the Pitchin United Methodist Church, where he contributed many hours to the annual Apple Butter Festival. Also within the community , he served as a volunteer fire fighter for the Pitchin Fire Department and also supported the Hustead Fire Department. Wendell was on the board and past president of the Production Credit Association. He was a member and past president of the Pitchin Grange; past master of Fielding Lodge Free and Accepted Masons #192; member of the Antioch Temple, Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton, past patron of Anna Gilbert Chapter Order of Eastern Star.
Retirement years spent in Florida brought about his association with the Minnesota Twins spring training camp where he worked as a security guard and enjoyed the interaction with many players and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son Jim Tuttle; sister Martha Belle McClure; and grandson Levi Tuttle Ayars.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, JoAnn E. (Glenn) Tuttle, whom he married January 18, 1948; one daughter and son in law Bonnie Jo & John Ayars of Mechanicsburg; three grandchildren Eli T. and Lucas Ayars both of Mechanicsburg, and Dr. Austin T. and Adrienne Ayars of Phoenix, AZ; brother in law Dewey McClure of Springfield; sisters in law Helen & Marilyn Glenn and their children, plus his closet sister in law and husband Mary and Dana Bumgardner of South Vienna. Their children Julie Bennett; Todd and Michael Bumgardner brought him great joy and pride. Another special friend, whom he considered as an "adopted" daughter Peggy Collins.
A gathering of friends and family may call Wednesday from 4-8 PM in the RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME, where Masonic memorial services will be held at 8:00 PM by Fielding Lodge F & AM. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00AM in the memorial home with Rev. Paul Price of Pitchin United Methodist Church officiating. Burial to follow in Asbury Cemetery, Catawba.
Memorial contributions in Wendell's name may be made to the Pitchin United Methodist Church 5566 Selma Road Springfield, Ohio 45502. The family would also like to express a very special thanks for the caring support of Community Mercy Hospice and to Dr. Hickerson and his staff.
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