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Reverend William Gerald Guernsey Barndt

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BARNDT Reverend William Gerald Guernsey Barndt, died Monday, April 28, 2008, after 93 rich and full years of life and service. A memorial service will be held at the church on Thursday, May 1, 2008, at 10 a.m. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 30, 5 - 8 p.m. and after the Thursday service at the Dublin Community Church, 81 W. Bridge Street (an extension of Highway 161), Dublin, OH 43017. A celebration of his peace and justice work will take place in late July. Bill's loving family includes his wife of 67 years, Laura Trumbull Barndt; their children, Michael Barndt and wife, Jodie, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Deborah Barndt, Toronto, Ontario; Kathy Brownfield and husband, Tom, Ashville, Ohio; Van Vechten Barndt, Columbus; Beth Ruthenburg and husband, Jon, Evansville, Indiana; grandchildren, Joshua Barndt, Montreal, Quebec; Erika Jackson and husband, Theo, Canal Winchester; Seth Browne, Laura Browne, Ann Bennett and husband, Rick, Columbus; Sarah and Katie Ruthenburg, Evansville, Indiana; great-grandchildren, Lo Erin, Wren, and Elek Jackson; Emily and Nathan Bennett; nephew, Rick Barndt and wife, Helen, Malakoff, Texas. Bill completed a BA from the University of Michigan and a M. Div. from Yale University. A retired Pastor with the United Church of Christ, he served parishes in Acton and Ashland, Maine and Austinburg, Ohio, and as an Association Minister for Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ. His deep commitment continued 30 years beyond his retirement and included missions in Haiti, Central America, Macedonia, Cuba, Japan and the Philippines, Pastors for Peace, Task Force on Disabilities, Central Ohioans for Peace, Central Ohio Save Darfur Coalition and Worldwide Humanitarian Aid. His work was recognized with an honorary doctorate from Defiance College and with awards for his work for peace and justice. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bill's name to, Central Ohio Save Darfur Coalition, Dublin Community Church or Worldwide Humanitarian Aid. Send online memories of Bill to the website below. Sign the online guestbook at www.dispatch.com/obituaries
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