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Jaye Bumbaugh was retired Bluffton University art chair

Was on the university art faculty for 37 years

Retired Bluffton University art professor Jaye Bumbaugh of Lima, died Friday, July 25, 2020, at The Kobacker House in Columbus. 

Jaye was born July 30, 1937, to Glenn and Grace (Thorpe) Bumbaugh in Lorain, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1959. 

Jaye taught junior high and senior high school classes at Midview Schools,  Grafton, and then in the Bluffton schools.

After completing his Master of Fine Arts at Bowling Green State University in 1967, he joined the faculty of Bluffton University teaching art courses and served as department chair for many of the 37 years he was there.

Jaye coached Little League baseball and boys and girls tennis at Bath High School for many years. 

 Jayeis survived by his wife, Susan; children, Michael Bumbaugh, Lisa (David) Vottero, Kathryn (Nate Ebling) Bumbaugh; and five grandchildren, Chloe, Jacob, and Eli Vottero, and Lucas and Finnian Ebling.

Also surviving are his brother, Jon (Mickie) Bumbaughl; sister, Sharon Bumbaugh; brothers-in-law, Donald and Larry (Suzann) Moritz; sisters-in-law, Mary Moritz and Deborah (Paul) Riepenhoff; and many nieces and nephews.

Jaye was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Grace Bumbaugh, parents-in-law, Kathryn and Fay Moritz; brothers-in-law, Myron and Ramon Moritz; sisters-in-law, Jean Moritz, Janice Moritz; and infant son, Robert.

Arrangements are with the Day Funeral Service in Gahanna. There will be no formal service presently, due to the Covid-19 Virus. A memorial will be scheduled sometime in the future.