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David D. Amstutz

May 24, 1926 - September 26, 2022

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date October 1, 2022

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David D. Amstutz, 96, of Lima, died as gracefully as he lived on Sept. 26, 2022. David was born May 24, 1926 in Beaverdam and was raised in Pandora. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 when he was just 17 and left his senior year of high school to serve in World War II. Upon completing his service, he earned his diploma and on May 29, 1948, married Betty Mae Crawfis. He would later attend a mechanical institute in Chicago, where he learned the art of auto body repair. He owned and operated Amstutz Body Shop in Cairo for 25 years.

David grew up farming and as an adult owned a “gentleman’s farm” in Lima. He enjoyed giving his grandchildren tractor rides and teaching them about his faith. He also enjoyed playing the dulcimer and harmonica. David was a man of integrity and put great emphasis on living a healthy life, both physically and mentally. He and his wife were ballroom dancers for more than 40 years, and David could be seen mowing his lawn and exercising daily until the last few months of his life. He was also an eternal optimist who lived by example and passed those virtues on to his children and grandchildren. Asked for his best advice for his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he responded that it would serve them well to accept whatever comes their way and make the best of it.

David is survived by his son, Jim (Suzanne) Amstutz of Dublin; a daughter, Jan (Tom) Jedlinsky of Powell; seven grandchildren, Jay (Megan) Amstutz; Brooke (Frank) Siebert; Mark (Megan) Ogden; Cmdr. Ryan (Tisha) Ogden; Tyler Jedlinsky; Grant (Amanda) Jedlinksy; Bryce (Alexis Cappano) Jedlinsky; and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Dwight Amstutz; dear friend Luvina Stewart; and several special neighbors.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Aldine and Sylvia (Diller) Amstutz; his siblings, Mary Downey and Herb Amstutz; and his wife of 64 years.

Family and friends may call at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services on Shawnee Road on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A service will be held at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. Burial with military honors will follow at Cairo West Cemetery.

David and his family were grateful for the care he received from Brookdale Hospice, especially from the hospice musicians who played and sang to him. Donations in his memory can be made to Brookdale Hospice, 2550 Corporate Exchange Drive, Ste. 101, Columbus, Ohio, 43231.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.


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