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Rev. William S. “Bill” Offutt, 97, Franklin

Rev. William S. “Bill” Offutt, 97, Franklin, peacefully passed away Friday eve, Nov. 2, 2012, at Franklin United Methodist Community, with his daughter, Judie (Offutt) 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, Ill., to the late Herbert C. Offutt and Josephine (Stanley) Offutt. Bill was 1934 graduate of Vincennes Lincoln High. He went on to Vincennes University (class of 1936) and Purdue University (class of 1938). There he studied engineering and was a member of Theta Chi. He married Alberta Lou (Day) Offutt on Nov. 26, 1938 , who preceded him in death Sept. 29, 2011 after 72-plus loving years. Their devotion and dedication to each other and 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, Ill.  He served the Southern Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church for 22 years, retiring to Columbus. He was very active in Asbury Methodist Church in Columbus. From 1995, he was an active and involved resident of FUMC. He was past president of the men's club and past instructor of aquatics exercise. As a young man, Bill enjoyed sailing, fishing, swimming and 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., and Rene (husband, Frank) Godoy of North Carolina; five great-grandchildren, Colton, Parker and Norah Lahr of Indianapolis, Elyssa and Caillou Godoy; and daughter-in-law, Roz Ann Offutt , all of North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his wife; a son, David S.  Offutt; a son-in-law, James A. Lahr; a grandson, Brian J. Lahr; a brother, Robert Offutt; and a sister, Frances Ralston.

Rev. David Lee will conduct a celebration of life service at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Wright Chapel at Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson St. in Franklin. Military rites will be presented by the Franklin Honor Guard. Following the service, a reception by Bill's family will take place in the 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 can be sent in honor of Bill to the "Benevolent Fund" of Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson St, Franklin, IN  46131.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the Offutt family at www.meredith-clark.com.

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  • December 18
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • December 18
    Nashville Town Council
    6:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • December 19
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North.
  • December 19
    Christmas sing-along at The Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 19
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 19
    Live hip hop music at dance barn
    7 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 20
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 20
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 20
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 27
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West