McNutt William "Bill" McNutt, of Worthington, Ohio, age 88, passed away March 12, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lorraine; and children, Carol (Carl) Krohn, Donald (Heather) McNutt, Laurel (Duane) Allyn; six siblings and one deceased brother. There are seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. McNutt was a World War II veteran, drafted immediately after his graduation from high school; and recipient of the Purple Heart during action in the European Theater. After being discharged he attended and graduated from OSU, then taught Vocational Agriculture prior to his employment by the Ohio Farm Bureau. He retired from the Ohio Farm Bureau in 1990 after 35 years of service as Director of Advisory Councils. Following retirement he was a freelance writer for various agricultural publications, most often in the field of specialty fruit and vegetable production, plus writing occasional commentary for the Suburban News publications. He served on the Worthington Library Board of Trustees for 10 years including a term as President, plus 6 years as a member of the Ohio Library Council Board of Directors. He was on the Board of Columbus Light Opera for 6 years, including a term as President, and was also a member of the Impresarios Board of Opera Columbus. McNutt was a former board member, Executive Committee member and Past President of the Columbus International Program, plus serving several terms as a board member of the Columbus Chamber Music Society; he assisted the preparation of the newsletter for both groups. He was a member of the executive committee and Past President of the Friends of WOSU, and a past member of the Board of Worthington Arts Council. He was a voracious reader of periodicals and books devoted to the more serious side of life. Neither liberal nor conservative, he insisted that life is not all black or white, that there are few "correct" answers, and that the middle ground of compromise is often the best indicator of sanity in a sometimes troubled world. Celebration of Life service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Linworth Methodist Church, 7070 Bent Tree Blvd., Columbus, Ohio, with interment in the Columbarium there. The family will greet visitors from 9-10:15 a.m. and after the service. Memorials may be made to WOSU Classical 101, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210 or Linworth Methodist Church, 7070 Bent Tree Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43235.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 23, 2014