April 9, 2021 - April 21, 2021
William “Bill” K. Gentis, 84 of Bluffton, passed away on Wednesday morning, April 21, 2021, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. Bill was born on April 9, 1937 in Wells County, Indiana to Dan D. & Olive (Carnes) Gentis. He was a 1955 graduate of Petroleum High School. He held the Wells County record for pole vaulting from 1955 to 1986. Bill worked at Kresge’s Distribution, James S. Jackson Construction and operated Bluffton Tire, Goodyear Stores for 63 years. He was a real estate agent for Century 21 and BKM Real Estate. Bill served on the Wells County Library Board, Bi-County Services Board and the Adams/Wells Realtor Board. He was a member of the Elks Lodge # 796, Bluffton F. & A. M. Masonic Lodge #145 and the Fort Wayne Mizpah Shrine. He was a member of the First Church of Christ and a former member of the Domestic Church of Christ. Bill enjoyed playing golf, fishing and most of all, playing cards! On March 30, 1956 in Bluffton, Bill and Sharon (Gregg) Gentis were married. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Survivors include his wife Sharon and children; Kurt (Susie) Gentis, Sheila (David) Herdman, Kelly (Robin) Gentis, Kerry (Michelle) Gentis, along with his sons-in-law; Dan Dunwiddie and Joe Collins, all of Bluffton. Bill was a loving grandpa to 17 grandchildren; Dan Gentis, Kristy Rinn, Celeste Paquette, Kristen Adam, Ryan Dunwiddie, April Schisler, Mia Gyde, Kit Gentis, Tia Osborn, Lia Warren, Alan Elliott, Andrea Balkcom, Abby Holloway, Maria Bates, Emilee Armstrong and Austin Gentis, along with 33 great-grandchildren and a brother, Rex (Martha) Gentis of Bluffton. He is preceded in death by his parents, two daughters, Ann Dunwiddie & Melissa Collins, a granddaughter, Jaime Gentis and a great-granddaughter, Grace Rinn and 7 siblings; Dick Gentis, Joyce Byrd, Dave Gentis, Jim Gentis, Jack Gentis, Arlene Dohrman and Carol Gentis. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton with Pastors Brandon Kelley & Mike Jefferson officiating. Burial will follow at Six Mile Cemetery in Bluffton. Friends will be able to live stream the service using Zoom Meeting in the comfort of your home. The Zoom Meeting ID # is 864 8193 1046. You can login to the live stream after 10:15 A.M. on Saturday. Calling Hours will be held from 2 P.M. - 8 P.M. on Friday, April 23, 2021, at the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service on Saturday. A Masonic Memorial Service will take place at 8 P.M. on Friday at the conclusion of calling by the Bluffton F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge # 145. Memorials may be made in Bill’s memory to Shriners Children’s Hospital. The safety of the family and all visitors is our utmost priority. For everyone’s safety, we ask that you practice social distancing. Masks are at your own discretion. During the current guidelines, we are only allowed a limited number of people in the building at a time. We appreciate your cooperation and patience. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. Friends can send online condolences to the family at www.thomarich.com.
William “Bill” K. Gentis, 84 of Bluffton, passed away on Wednesday morning, April 21, 2021, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center. Bill was born on April 9, 1937 in Wells County, Indiana to Dan D. & Olive (Carnes) Gentis. He was a... View Obituary & Service Information
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