Rev. Kenneth Eugene Durtsche, age 85, of Marion, met his beloved Jesus on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Heartland of Marion.

Rev. Durtsche was born on July 11, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and shortly after moved to Galion, Ohio where he was raised by Albert and Bertha Durtsche. He attended The Galion Schools graduating in 1953.

While living in Galion, Rev. Durtsche served as a Councilman and City Service Director. Wanting to continue his education and understanding of the Bible, Rev. Durtsche attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, The Baptist Bible Seminary in Johnson City, New York, Ashland Seminary, and The Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio. Rev. Durtsche started his many years of service to the Lord at The Kings Creek Baptist Church in Urbana, Ohio, Pastored the Baptist Church in Morral, and faithfully served The Fairpark Community Baptist Church in Marion for more than thirty-five years.

In addition to his role at Fairpark Community Baptist Church, Rev. Durtsche was the beloved Chaplain for The City of Marion's Fire Department. Over the years with Fire Department, he created close and lasting relationships with many of his collages. He was always there to offer unique insights on the day's events, was often called upon to marry members of the Fire Departments and on more than one occasion baptize their children.

Always wanting to give of himself, Rev. Durtsche served as a Chaplain for Marion General Hospital for more than 35 years and was also active on their Board of Directors.

Having a wonderful sense of humor, Rev. Durtsche loved to tease the many children of his churches and always made them feel loved and welcomed. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his wife, Sue Ann (Comer), whom he married on August 12, 1977. Often attending family get-togethers, Rev. Durtsche was noted as being the biggest Democrat since FDR and would freely express his opinion in a room full of Republicans, with a smile on his face.

While at home, Rev. Durtsche could be found in the office reading, researching or studying anything possible. If he wasn't at home, he could be seen scooting around town on his bright red scooter- talking to anyone possible.

Rev. Durtsche will be missed by his wife, Sue; his sister, Anita Goodman of Orlando, Florida; nephew, Shawn Merithe; and many members of Sue's family.

"I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service." 1 Timothy 1:12

Please keep Rev. Durtsche's family in your prayers.