Richard D. Garmatter

06/14/1939 - 06/14/2024


Obituary For Richard D. Garmatter


Richard D. Garmatter, 85, passed away June 14, 2024 at his home. Richard was born June 14, 1939 in Hancock County, OH, to Eli and Elvina (Tschiegg) Garmatter who preceded him in death. On August 5, 1961, he married Arlene (Basinger) Garmatter who survives.

Richard graduated from Bluffton High School. He retired from the Lima Ford Engine Plant and was a lifelong farmer. Richard was a member of Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton where he served as an usher and as a trustee. He was an avid Ohio State Buckeye's fan and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially attending his grandchildren's events.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene Garmatter of Bluffton; two children, Kathy (Wendell) Adams of Kenton and Randy (Christy) Garmatter of Bluffton; five grandchildren, Jake (Hali) Biery of Rawson, Nicole Biery of Rawson, Jordyn Garmatter of Bluffton, Cody Garmatter of Bluffton, and Levi Biery of Kenton; three step-grandchildren, Parker, Amelia, and Matilda Mason of Rawson; brothers-in-laws, Alan Frysinger of Bluffton, Steve (Stephanie) Basinger of Kansas, and Bill Tidyman of Nebraska; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his sister, Carolyn Frysinger and a sister-in-law, Marlene Tidyman.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 21, 2024 at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton. Pastors Dick Potter and Nick Ringger officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Mennonite Cemetery following the service. Visitation will be Thursday, June 20, 2024 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Missions fund or Gideon's International.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at


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21 Jun

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11:00 AM

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  • 06/19/2024

    Arlene, Kathy, and Randy, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Rich will be remembered for his heart-warming smile, his clever witticisms, his faithful dedication to his church and the awesome way he loved his family. 'Wishing you peace. strength, and courage as you say your goodbyes to someone so special.

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