Maynard Badertscher

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BLUFFTON — Maynard R. Badertscher, 90, passed away June 10, 2014, at 1:20 am, Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. Maynard was born January 3, 1924 in Allen County, Ohio to Albert O. and Sarah Hochstettler Badertscher who preceded him in death. On May 2, 1953 he married Joyce Kline Badertscher who survives.

Maynard retired after building many houses as owner/operator of Maynard Badertscher & Assoc. where he built many homes in Bluffton and the surrounding areas. He was a lifetime member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Bluffton where he had served on the building committee, as an elder and deacon. He was a councilman for the Village of Bluffton for ten years. He served on the Mennonite Memorial Home Board for twenty-one years and was a member of the Swiss Historical Society. Maynard was a member of the DAV and American Legion Post #382, Bluffton. In 1944 Maynard was drafted into the military and completed his basic training at Camp Blanding near Stark, Florida. He served at Aachaen, Germany in the U.S. Army where he was wounded by shrapnel. He was sent to a hospital in England, then one in Glasglow, Scotland. In 1945 he returned to the United States aboard the Queen Mary, for his final hospital stay at Billings General Hospital in Indianapolis. He was awarded the Purple Heart upon his discharge.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathi Badertscher of Bluffton, Valli Burris of Marysville; a son, Rex (Betty) Badertscher of Bluffton; five grandchildren Rachel (Eric) Schearer, Holly (Sean) Goodwin, Erin (Mat) Otto, Christen (Brandon) Shoemaker, Alli (Caleb) Bingham; nine great grandchildren Abby, Morgan & Dakota Schearer, Olivia Goodwin, Julianne & Chase Otto, Baylee & Kylee Shoemaker and Noah Bingham.

Maynard was preceded in death by two brothers J. Lyle Badertscher & Gene Badertscher and two sisters Vera Mitchell & Erma Augsburger.

Services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday June 13, 2014 Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. Rev. Rick Hart officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Bluffton where military rites will be held. Visitation will be Thursday from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's United Church of Christ or Hilty Memorial Home.

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Published in The Lima News from June 10 to June 11, 2014
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