WAPAKONETA — Carl Clark Wintzer, 61, of Wapakoneta, died Thursday, morning, Dec. 29, 2016, at his home.

He was born March 2, 1955, in Lima, the son of Frederick Stone and Mary Alice (Spar) Wintzer, who preceded him in death. On May 29, 1982, he married Denise M. Gren, and she survives.

Other survivors include, three children, Marcus (Lauren) Wintzer of Wapakoneta, Sarah Wintzer of Wapakoneta and Julie Wintzer (Shawn) Gossard of Columbus; a grandson, Gideon Wintzer; three brothers, Gustave S. (Deborah) Wintzer of Wapakoneta, Dr. Christopher L. (Elena) Wintzer of Tucson, Arizona, and William James “Jim” (Cyndie) Wintzer of Westerville; his mother-in-law, Marjorie Brentlinger of Wapakoneta; two brothers-in-law, Daniel (Diane) Gren and Fred Gren, both of Wapakoneta; nieces and nephews, Kirsten (Andrew) Walters, Kasey (Daniel) Allen, Gustave Sean Wintzer, Jennifer (Floren) Ilin, Nicky Wintzer, Sophia (Hector) Moreno, Kadie (Dexter) Larrimore, Douglas Wintzer, Chelsea Wintzer, Ryan (Tess) Gren, Eddie Gren, Kristin (Ryan) McDonald, and Kevin Gren; as well as, several great nieces and great nephews.

Carl began working in 1978 at G.A. Wintzer & Son Co. of Wapakoneta and served as Vice-President. A 1973 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, Carl received a full scholarship to Miami University where he played football and participated in the Tangerine Bowl before going on to graduate in 1977. A very active member of the First United Methodist Church, he sang in the Chancel Choir while serving on several committees. Carl was actively engaged and participated in many organizations in our community. He served on the Board of Directors at Home Savings & Loan Co. and WAEDC. He was the President of the Greenlawn Cemetery Assn. and past President of the Wapakoneta County Club, where he had once shot a hole-in-one. He served as the President and a longtime board member of the Fats & Proteins Research Foundation where he was active on various committees within the National Renderers Assn. Carl loved to keep in touch with his former teammates at Miami University and still, to this day, holds the Wapakoneta High School record for the shot put. He broke the record his first time stepping foot on the field. Watching high school sporting events, traveling the world, riding his Harley out in the country and cruising around town in his ’73 Camaro were a few of the small things that brought him joy. When he seemed to be happiest though, was when he was over at the Log House, on Grand Lake St. Marys, taking the kids for boat rides and spending time with his family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the First United Methodist Church Wapakoneta, with Rev. Dr. Kimberly Pope Seiberling officiating. Burial was in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta.

Visitation was held on Monday at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, 1102 Lincoln Ave., Wapakoneta, and one hour prior to the service, Tuesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the First United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be expressed at www.bayliffandeleyfh.com.