Dorothy Jean Strahm Van Buskirk

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Dorothy Jean Strahm Van Buskirk, 88, of Bellefontaine, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 8, 2018, following a brief illness, at The Homestead at Logan Acres Community, surrounded by her loving family.

Born June 28, 1930, in Kenton, she was the daughter of the late Christian and Florence E. Stevenson Strahm. Dorothy graduated salutatorian from Ridgeway High School, and then later attended Northwestern Business School in Lima. The majority of her career was spent in banking and she retired as a vice president of Colonial Federal Savings and Loan. She was an active community volunteer, and spent countless hours serving with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Weekday Religious Education, Mended Hearts and Our Daily Bread. She served on the Democratic Central Committee and worked as a poll volunteer for many years. She was also a longtime member and elder emeritus at the First Christian Church in Bellefontaine.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, D. Richard “Dick” Van Buskirk of Bellefontaine; her daughter, Brenda (Jim) Sanford of Bellefontaine; granddaughters, Kristen (Caleb) Lang of Bellefontaine and Kileen (Drew) Sprouse of Hilliard. She adored her four great-grandchildren, Elliett Lang, Bennett Lang, Nora Sprouse and Maren Sprouse. She is also survived by several sisters- and brothers-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by her brothers, Phillip (Ruth) Strahm, Harold (Helen) Strahm, Carl (Goldie) Strahm and Roy Strahm.

Dorothy had an ornery streak, and she loved to spend time with her family and friends. She was compassionate and generous. She instilled her deep faith, strength, courage and dedication to service in her family, and she will be greatly missed.

Visiting hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at Eichholtz, Daring, & Sanford Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, where funeral services begin at 11 a.m. Monday, July 16. Interment follows in Highland Memorial Cemetery, West Liberty.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to First Christian Church, 215 E. Sandusky Ave., Bellefontaine, OH 43311 where they can be put to use in service to her Lord, Jesus Christ.

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