Rev. Kenneth Eugene Durtsche

July 11, 1935 ‒ February 20, 2021

Marion, Ohio

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 Ashland, 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.

Visitation will be held at Fairpark Community Baptist Church, 940 Bermuda Dr., Marion, OH 43302 on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 4 until 7 pm.  A funeral will be celebrated at the church on Thursday at 11 am with Rev. Daniel Kiger and Rev. Michael Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Heights Memory Gardens with The City of Marion Fire Department offering honors.

Memorial donations may be made in Rev. Durtsche’s honor to Fairpark Community Baptist Church or Trinity Baptist Church.

“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

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel is honored to serve Rev. Durtsche’s family.  Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

  • Sue,
    I was so sorry to hear that you lost your beloved husband, and we all lost a special friend. I will surely miss arguing with him and seeing that twinkle vin his eyes! I can just visualize him “scooting around” with Jesus now!! I will continue to pray for you, my dear friend.

  • Sue and family, please accept our deepest sympathy in Ken’s passing. He was a blessing to all that ever met him, and it was truly our pleasure to get to know the both of you at Trinity.

    Jim and Nancy Betker

  • It is hard to understand how a person could have the list of accomplishments that were Rev. Durtsche’s, in one lifetime. I will always be grateful to Rev. Durtsche, for not only being my mom’s pastor, but also a very good friend.
    Once mom was in the hospital and Rev. Durtsche came to visit her during the evening. The next day he walked into her room in pajamas. The night before as he was leaving the hospital he had become ill and was admitted himself.
    My condolences to his family and friends. His life was very well lived.

  • I’m so sorry to read about Kenny. We went to school together from South School to High School and were really great friends.
    Helen Breese Johnston

  • ANITA GOODMAN: Brother Kenny you will be terribly missed!!!! Abundant Precious Memories of our years spent together as Brother and Sister!!!!!

    Through the years a great Inspiration to everyone who knew you!

  • Sue and Family, my deepest condolences to you. We certainly have hope through our faith. I appreciate all the items Ken sent to me as I began my role as chaplain with our Plain Township Fire Dept. I will always be grateful for his encouragement. May God wrap his arms of love around you all!

    Rev. Kevin K. Thomas
    Canton, Ohio

  • Dear Kenny. I grew up with Kenny and Anita in Galion. My dad was the pastor of the 1st Baptist Church and we were all in the youth group together. You have always been a favorite friend. We appreciated your eulogy at our dad’s memorial service 20 years ago. We will always remember the great times we had growing up in Galion. We are so pleased at the wonderful ministry you shared with so many. You finished well. Now you are finally home.
    Elaine Booth-Carnegis

  • Ken, So many memories of you and sister Anita, as my Mom and Dad, Paul and Grace Miller loved and served in various areas as we grew in Galion, Ohio! Today you, Ken, are being honored for your life and ministries in special ways, wish I could be there to share love and prayers. Until we meet again! Alice Miller-Johnston in California.

  • Sue and family, please accept my heartfelt condolences. When I was just beginning my first year in seminary and was called to pastor 2 small churches north of Marion…I was tasked with performing my first life celebration service. Ken came to my rescue and showed me the ropes. I was forever grateful to him for his kindness. We could always agree on Jesus…if not much else. He will be missed by all. Rev. Rorke Warne