Wib Justi, 91, peacefully passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at home in Wesley Glen Retirement Center.
He was predeceased by his parents, Cora and Henry Justi.
He is survived by his wife of more than 67 years, June Justi; children, Lee Justi and Mary (Bill) Sheppard; one grandson, Joey Fernandes; and many nieces and nephews.
Wib was a graduate of Berlin Heights High School and The Ohio State University. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II on Saipan and Guam.
Serving as the director of youth activities with the National Grange for 18 years, Wib found his life calling. He remained active with international youth exchange programs and was responsible for placing 1,918 young people in homes throughout the USA.
He was elected to the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame and the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame. Wib remained active in the 50 Year Club of the Ohio State Fair (a past president), 4-H, National Junior Horticultural Association, and the Ohio Junior Horticultural Association. He worked as a courier for State Savings Bank. Wib was a member of West Berlin Presbyterian Church.
A private family graveside gathering will take place at a later date in North Jackson, Ohio.
Memorial contributions can be made to the National Grange for future youth exchange programs at National Grange Headquarters, 1616 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20006.
Condolences to the family may be made at rutherfordfuneralhome.com.