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Dr. Harold E. Amstutz

Dr. Harold E. Amstutz, 93

Dr. Harold E. Amstutz, 93, of West Lafayette died June 11, 2013. He was born June 21, 1919 at Barrs Mills, Ohio, the son of the late Nelson Amstutz and Viola Schnitzer Amstutz. He grew up on a farm near Orrville, Ohio and was a graduate of Orrville High School. At a later time he graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. degree in Animal Science and a D.V.M in Veterinary Medicine. He served two years in the U.S. Army. For 14 years he was employed by Ohio State as an Ambulatory Clinician and then Head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine. In 1961 he was hired by Purdue to establish the first Large and Small Animal Clinic. Retirement from Purdue came in 1989 and he was named Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Amstutz married M. Josephine Bower June 26, 1949, and she survives. Four children of the marriage are Suzanne Harden (Tom), of Yarmouth, Maine; Cynthia Navarro (Clemont), Boise, Idaho; Patricia Streibig, Columbus, Ohio, and David Amstutz (Karen), Indianapolis, IN. Remaining also are seven grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Two sisters preceded him in death and one sister, Marilyn McGeorge of Moorestown, New Jersey survives.

He was a member and officer of various Veterinary groups which included the American Association of Bovine Practitioners of which Dr. Amstutz organized and served as head officer for 27 years. He was Chairman of the committee that developed the Continuum Sculpture that is located on Harrison Street in front of Lynn Hall which depicts Man's relationship with animals from prehistoric time through modern times to the future.

He received various awards - the most recent being the Inaugural Inductee into the Hall of Fame for Cattle Production Veterinarians. He received the Amstutz/Williams AABP Award for Leadership.

He was a member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in West Lafayette, where he served on local, regional and State committees. He was also a member of the West Lafayette Kiwanis Club, Indiana Veterinary Medicine Association, and American Veterinary Medicine Association.

Family times, gardening, tennis, and general physical fitness were enjoyed and emphasized throughout his life.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 310 W. Fowler Ave., West Lafayette or to the Amstutz Student Scholarship Fund - AABP - Post Office Box 3610, Auburn, Alabama 36831.

A Celebration of Life Service will be announced later.


Published in the Journal & Courier from June 12 to June 13, 2013
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