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Obituary: William R. "Bill" Baltus, Columbus

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William R. “Bill” Baltus, 76, of Columbus, passed away at 5:16 a.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014, at his residence in Summerfield, Florida. He was born October 3, 1937, in Madeira, Ohio, the son of Pieter Josef and Myrtle (Wilson) Baltus. He married Mary Belle Parish September 5, 1981, in Littleton, Colorado. She survives.

He moved to Decatur County in 1943 and graduated from Sandcreek High School in 1955. He lived in Colorado from 1981 to 1991 and had been a Columbus resident since 1991.

Mr. Baltus traveled around the world with his employment at Cummins Engine Company, retiring in 2004 after 45 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Columbus, Golden K Kiwanis Club and Decatur County Amateur Radio Club. He volunteered at Love Chapel and at fish frys for the Letts Fire Department, served on the  the Mount Aerie Cemetery Association board of directors and served in the Indiana National Guard.

Also surviving are daughters, Jennifer (Roger Satterfield) Baltus of Columbus, Dianna (Ron) Moore of Westport, and Becky Glenn of Tifton, Georgia; sons, Mike (Suzanne) Baltus of Littleton, Colorado, and Jeffery (Gayle) McIntyre of Greensburg; sisters, Geneva Moffat of Florida and Alice Silvers of Evansville; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Bert and Joseph Baltus.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Bass & Gasper Funeral Home in Westport with Pastor Dan Cash officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Aerie Cemetery in Letts.

A time of visitation will be held on Friday, June 27, 2014, from 4 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the American Cancer Society or Golden K Kiwanis Club.

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