|Birth: ||Sep. 18, 1896|
|Death: ||Feb. 26, 1980|
Los Angeles County
Hobart B. Amstutz died Feb. 26, 1980, in Fairmount, Calif. He became a bishop of the Methodist Church of South East Asia in 1956 after serving as a missionary since 1926.
In 1942 he was imprisoned by the Japanese and spent 3 ˝ years in prison camp.
Bishop Amstutz was born in Henrietta, Ohio, Sept. 18, 1896. He graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1915] and studied at the Conservatory 1914-15. He received the A.B. from Northwestern and the B.D. from Garrett. For many years he was minister of Wesley Church in Singapore and he also was president of Trinity College there.
He leaves his wife, Celeste, son Bruce who was serving as a U.S. diplomat in Afghanistan, daughter Beverly and brother Clarence '26.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, March/April 1980, pp. 43-44.
Visiting Bishop Says
Americans Have A ‘Surprising' Interest, Knowledge Of World
By Joan Oravec
Henrietta—Americans show a surprising interest and knowledge of world affairs – that is the observation of the Methodist Bishop of Singapore.
Bishop Hobart Amstutz said yesterday that "Americans' wide scope of world problems is one of the biggest changes I have noticed" in people since his last visit to the United States three years ago.
The cleric is a native of Henrietta, and is here visiting his mother, Mrs. Dan Geissendorfer, Rt. 113.
He made the judgments during a five-month tour of the U.S. He is on leave from the South Asia Central Conference, which includes Malaya, Sarawak, Borneo, Sumatra and Singapore.
No TV Effects
As far as he could see, the Bishop said, television has had little effect on people since he left for the Orient in the fall of 1926.
He was named Bishop of Singapore in 1956.
He said the reason for interest in the world stems from the basic influence of Christianity and Western World culture.
"We apply the Christian ideology in our missionary work in Asia," he said, "and it brings us many friends."
The 1915 graduate of Oberlin High School has served in Asia for the past 33 years, except for visits and travels to the rest of the world.
The 64-years old native of Henrietta has spent much of the last 30 years traveling through the Asian conference and the world.
He has logged 33,000 miles since he left Singapore in January and came to Henrietta.
Bishop Amstutz has traveled an undetermined amount of the world since he studied geography in a red brick school house on Gore-Orphanage Rd. He was born in Henrietta in 1896.
Started On Street Car
His travels started when he entered Oberlin High School and commuted daily between Henrietta and Oberlin on the long-defunct Green Line street car.
But probably the hardest route of his travels was a six-hour trek to a Japanese prison camp in 1942 after Singapore fell. Bishop Amstutz was interned in the camp for three and a half years. During that period he was affected by beri-beri and lost 68 pounds.
Before the Japanese took over Singapore he sent home his wife and two children. His youngest was born in the Orient.
The bishop met his wife, the former Celeste Bloxsom, while studying at Northwestern University. Following his graduation and the earning of a master of arts degree in Theology, the couple was married in 1923.
He preached at the Community Church in Gurnee, Ill., for one year before joining the Methodist Volunteers for Missions.
The bishop returned to the little community church two weeks ago to speak at its centennial.
His duties in Asia, before becoming Bishop, included being principal of Methodist Theological School of Singapore, editor of a Southeast Asia Methodist magazine, superintendent of missions, mission treasurer and pastor of the English speaking Singapore Methodist Church.
Bishop Amstutuz speaks fluent Malay, the language used in the major portion of his conference. He also speaks German.
Accompanying Bishop and Mrs. Amstutz in Henrietta is Mrs. Ko Kee Goh, a Chinese National missionary. Mrs. Goh is active with Mrs. Amstutz in the conference YWCA, WSCS and the International Planned parenthood Federation.
Mrs. Goh also visited her daughter, Faith Goh, a recent graduate of Oberlin College. Mrs. Goh attended the graduation of her son, Cheng Lok, who was graduated from DePauw University June 5.
Headed For Europe
Bishop Amstutz leaves for Brussels, Belgium and London next week for international Methodist conferences.
Before the Amstutz' return to Singapore they will visit their children, Mrs. Stanley Bruch, a missionary in Lahore, Pakistan, and Bruce Amstutz, with the U.S. Embassy in Djakarta, India.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, June 25, 1960, p. 4.
Celeste Bloxsom Amstutz (1901 - 1988)*
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Covina Hills)
Los Angeles County
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