Marlin D. Rufenacht, age 80 years, of Archbold, passed away Thursday morning, Jan. 20, 2011, at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home in Archbold.
He was born June 17, 1930, near Pettisville, the son of Glen and Laura (Grieser) Rufenacht, and married Lois Beck on Feb. 21, 1954.
A lifelong resident of the Archbold/Pettisville area, he was a lifelong dairy farmer and was a Jamesway dealer for 50 years.
He served two years in 1-W service at the Fremont, Ohio Hospital.
He was elected into the Fulton County Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2005.
He was a member of the West Clinton Mennonite Church near Pettisville, and Gideon’s Int.
He is survived by his wife, Lois; four children, Craig (Mary) Rufenacht, Brad (Tina) Rufenacht, Janelle (Mark) Beck, all of Archbold, and Nedra (Curt) Nolander of Wauseon; 12 grandchildren, Jeremy (Meagan), Kelby, Eric, and Travis Beck, Evan, John, Ryan, Tanner, Jaeyln, and Logan Rufenacht, Harper and Caleb Nolander; two great-grandsons, Jace and Brody Beck; two brothers, Kenneth (Evon) Rufenacht and Max (Linda) Rufenacht, both of Archbold; five sisters, Myrtie Stoltzfus of Colorado Springs, Colo., Doris Stutesman of Wauseon, Carolyn Gisel of Archbold, Margaret (Daryl) Nofziger of Wauseon, and Jane (Carl) Lechlitner of Elkhart, Ind.; two sisters-inlaw, Betty Rufenacht and Evelyn Rufenacht.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Willard Rufenacht and Wayne Rufenacht; and one sister, Thelma Armstrong.
Memorial services were held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the West Clinton Mennonite Church with Revs. Jesse Engle and Naomi Engle officiating.
It was Marlin’s request that his body be made an anatomical gift to the University of Toledo, College of Medicine.
Short Funeral Home in Archbold was entrusted with the arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to Gideon’s International or Parkinson’s Foundation of Northwest Ohio. www.ShortFuneralHome.com.