Worthington News


April 5 service set for volunteer, columnist, WWII veteran McNutt


Worthington-area resident, columnist and volunteer Bill McNutt died March 12.

He was 88.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at Linworth Methodist Church, 7070 Bent Tree Blvd., with interment in the columbarium there.

McNutt, who was born April 5, 1925, was an occasional columnist for Suburban News Publications and ThisWeek Community News, writing on diverse issues.

He was a member of the Worthington Libraries board of trustees for 10 years, serving a year as president. He also served six years as a member of the Ohio Library Council board of directors.

McNutt was a World War II veteran, drafted immediately after his graduation from high school, and received the Purple Heart medal for action in the European theater.

After being discharged, he attended and graduated from Ohio State University. He then taught vocational agriculture prior to his employment by the Ohio Farm Bureau. He retired from the bureau in 1990 after 35 years of service as director of advisory councils.

Following retirement, McNutt was a freelance writer for various agricultural publications, most often in the field of specialty fruit and vegetable production, as well as for the local newspaper.

He was on the board of Columbus Light Opera for six years, including a term as president, and was a member of the Impresarios board of Opera Columbus.

McNutt was a former board member, executive committee member and past president of the Columbus International Program and served several terms as a board member of the Columbus Chamber Music Society. He assisted in the preparation of the newsletter for both groups.

He was a member of the executive committee and past president of the Friends of WOSU and a past member of the Worthington Arts Council board.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lorraine; children Carol (Carl) Krohn, Donald (Heather) McNutt, Laurel (Duane) Allyn; and six siblings. He had seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The family will greet visitors from 9 to 10:15 a.m. April 5 and after the service.

Memorials may be made to WOSU Classical 101, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, 43210, or Linworth Methodist Church, 7070 Bent Tree Blvd., Columbus, 43235.