Word came this morning that Fred Amstutz has passed away after a short illness. Fred served Bluffton University for many years in numerous capacities—directing Marbeck Center, admissions, alumni affairs and church relations. He and his wife, Mary, became surrogate parents for many Bluffton students as they led BASIC (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) groups in their home.
After he retired from Bluffton, he and Mary continued to be very involved in campus life. It was not unusual to see them at ball games, music and theatre events, Homecoming and May Day.
I had the privilege of having an office next to his when he worked in church relations. Somehow or other, he was able to hang a wind chime outside of his second story office window in Riley Court. To me, Fred was a lot like that wind chime; gently and continually sharing good vibes to everyone around.
Arrangements are pending at Chiles-Laman Funeral Home.