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SALEM – Janis Baltputnis, 74, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 24, 2024, at Salem Regional Medical Center.

Janis was born on March 21, 1950 in Augsburg, Germany to the late Albert and Valerija (Klemms) Baltputnis and lived in the Salem area for the last 45 years.

Janis graduated from Southern Local High School in 1968 and worked for GM Lordstown for 46 years, first at the truck plant and then at the auto assembly plant.

He was a former member of Damascus Friends Church and most recently attended Church at the Center in Salem.

Janis was an avid sports fan and enjoyed cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He also enjoyed attending games and supporting his grandchildren in their respective sports. Janis also enjoyed vintage cars and taking part in car tours.

He leaves behind and will be sadly missed his wife, Diane (Thompson) Baltputnis, whom he married June 16, 1979; his children, Janelle (Noah) Skrinjar of Rogers, Anna (Nathan) Gray of Rossville, Indiana, and Eric (Petra) Baltputnis of Hanoverton; his grandchildren, Jade, Stetson and Hudson Skrinjar and Kellan Gray; his brother, Andris Baltputnis of East Palestine; his niece, Stephanie (Bill) Spratt of Georgia; and his nephew, Chris (Dawn) Baltputnis of Columbus.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, May 31, 2024 at 1 p.m. at the Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home. Rick Brendlinger will officiate. Burial will follow in the Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

The family will receive guests at the funeral home on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Deacon's Fund, Bethel Presbyterian Church, 16521 Steubenville Pike Road, Salineville, Ohio 43945.

Friends may also view Janis' memorial page, share memories, and express condolences at