William A. Gauntt

Born: Sun., Nov. 21, 1926
Died: Mon., Aug. 8, 2011

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William A. Gauntt, 84, 701 Bennett Circle, Sidney, Ohio died at Wilson Memorial Hospital on Monday, August 8, 2011 at 4:13 AM. He was born November 21, 1926 in New Brunswick, New Jersey the son of Edwin A. and Gertrude (Heim) Gauntt and they are deceased. He was married to Frances Anne Allgaier at the Presbyterian Church in Potsdam, New York on June 30, 1951. She survives in Sidney along with three children, Timothy Gauntt of Eclectic, Alabama; Drucilla Patnode of Flowery Branch, Georgia and Mike Gauntt of Surprise, Arizona; six grandchildren; one sister, Anne Maetozo of St. Augustine, Florida. One brother, Robert Gauntt is deceased. Mr. Gauntt played basketball and football in high school and college. He was in the state basketball finals in high school in 1945. He was a 1951 graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey with a Bachelor's Degree in Dairy Science. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame at Rutgers University. Mr. Gauntt was a United States Army Air Corp. veteran. He had lived in many places in the United States including Texas, New York and many places in Ohio. He spent the winter in Arizona. He had worked at Provico in Botkins, Ohio for many years as the director of nutrition and research. His was the mayor of Botkins at one time. He was very active in the Botkins Kiwanis Club in the past and also served as lieutenant governor of Kiwanis. He was in the SCORE group which was the service corp. of retired executives; played golf on Monday's with the Senior Swingers at Shelby Oaks Country Club and was also a member of the Shelby Oaks Country Club. He was a member of the Shelby County Senior Citizens in Sidney. He was active at Dorothy Love Retirement Community, Sidney. He had taken professional voice lessons for nine years. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Botkins, Ohio where he sang in the choir and was of the Quaker faith. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 10:00 AM at the Dorothy Love Amos Chapel, 3003 W. Cisco Rd., Sidney, Ohio. Burial will be at a later date at Springfield Township Cemetery, Burlington County, New Jersey. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Dorothy Love Life Care Fund, 3003 W. Cisco Rd., Sidney, Ohio 45365. Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney is handling the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the Gauntt family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home's web site at: www.salm-mcgillandtangemanfh.com

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Dorothy Muhlhauser

As a past SCORE chairperson, I should like to extend my sympathy. Bill was a real asset to our organization.

Beth VanHorn Dunlap

I send condolences on behalf of my family to you regarding Bill's passing. I was so touched that Bill and his lovey wife Ann took the time to come to my mother, Jane VanHorn's visitation at the end of May when she passed away. I have many memories of your family from when we were growing up in Botkins and they are all happy ones. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Keith R. Schmidt

My family and I would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the recent loss of William A Gauntt. His life was very colorful and full of joy that was around him. My family and I wish the best for the rest of the family especially Mike as we were childhood buddies years ago before moving away to Botkins after third grade. William will be missed very much.

John Blackford

Mr. Gauntt was on our first Shelby County Youth Soccer committee and provided valuable input to the organization. Bill was highly respected and admired by all and will be missed and remembered. My sincere condolences to his family.

Peter and Cheryl Conidaris

Peter and Cheryl Conidaris wish to extend their condolences to the Guantt family. If it wasn't for Bill hiring Cheryl in 1976, she probably would never have met Peter. Cheryl had just gotten divorced and needed a full time job while still working for the Botkins School system. Bill gave her a job at Provico. About a year later Bill sent Cheryl to Brookside Fratm Lab in New Knoxville to learn a 'phosphorus in animal feed procedure' from Peter Conidaris. Needless to say they got married in 1979. We never met a man who was as friendly and helpful as Bill was. With Cheryl's background in human nutrition he told her the difference between that and animal nutrition. He was always so cheerful and full of life, no question was ever too small to ask him. Working in the Provico office with him, Walter Loy, Walt Maurer, Jerry, Chastine, Bea Bambauer, Virgie Black, Mel Egbert and eventually Amy Maurer made for a great time in Cheryl's life. Cheryl can remember analyzing earth worms for a possibility of adding to fish food, the smell of all the different grasses we anallyzed, and as she thinks of it now...the smell of the guys coming in from the research farm after tending to the hogs...PU!! And the fish tank in Bill's office...first time she ever saw a grouper. Cheryl can even remember Amy before she married Steve. Peter and Cheryl went to see Bill perform in The Fantastics at the Wapak Dinner Theater and were amazed at him singing ability. Such a rich voice! So to you and your family Anne, we hope that your sorrow will slowly dissipate and you will "Try To Remember" all the good and happy times.

Jeff and Jeanne Brown and Family

Mike and Carrie, We are so sorry for your loss. We are not able to make it to the service, we will be in Detroit picking our daughter up from the airport. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Have a safe trip back home.