Joyce Putnam

Joyce A. Putnam, 88, of Carey, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Carey, with her family by her side.
Born July 22, 1931 in Vanlue, she was the daughter of the late Merritt and Margaret (Breitigam) Hatch. She married Willis M. Putnam Jr. on March 1, 1952, in Vanlue. Willis preceded her in death on Nov. 7, 2001.
Surviving are five children, Sandy Keegan of Dunkirk; Steve (Vicky) Putnam, Cheryl (Doug) Stombaugh and Becky (Buck) Hawkins, all of Carey; and Dan (Lisa) Putnam of Sycamore; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; a sister, Bonnie Nielsen of Bluffton; and a daughter-in-law, Linda Putnam.
Preceding her in death was a son, John Putnam; two brothers, Ronald and David Hatch; a grandson and three great-grandchildren.
A 1949 graduate of Vanlue High School, Joyce was a homemaker and assisted her husband on the family farm.
Joyce was a sports enthusiast. She enjoyed following Carey Blue Devil sports from the time her children and grandchildren began participation up to the present.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home in Carey. A funeral service will be held the same day at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Bill Bentley officiating and her son-in-law, Buck Hawkins, will share memories and stories of Joyce’s life. Burial will follow at Lee Cemetery near Vanlue.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Carey Athletic Boosters and sent to Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay Street, Carey, OH 43316.
Online condolences may be sent to www.stombaughbatton.com.

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