Aldon Archie (Arch) Justus, 82, of Sciotoville passed away following a brief illness on February 3rd at Riverside Hospital in Columbus.
Justus devoted his entire professional life to education as a highly respected teacher, principal and administrator, but was most commonly known for his outstanding success and accomplishments as a high school basketball coach for 33 years, primarily at Clay High School. His career record was 532-220 and his 70.8 winning percentage ranks among the finest in Ohio high school history for coaches with more than 500 victories. He was inducted into the OHSAA Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1995.
While at Clay, Justus won 394 games and enjoyed the premier achievement of his career when he guided the Panthers to the 1969 Class A State Tournament. Three other times he coached teams to regional final appearances. Overall he won six district championships, 20 county/sectional championships and 18 league titles during a career that included stints at McDermott, Oak Hill, Minford and Valley High Schools in addition to his tenure at Clay.
Justus was an avid golfer, participating in numerous state and national “Left Hander” tournaments across the country, as well as competing with friends locally on a regular basis. He was quite proud of shooting a 70 this past summer.
Baseball was also a passion for Justus, who played collegiately at Cedarville College and later became recognized as one of the premier hitters in the highly competitive amateur ranks in southern Ohio and throughout the Tri-State region until his mid-30s.
A native of Scioto Furnace and graduate of South Webster High School, Arch was preceded in death by his father, Aldon Justus, his mother, Blanche Justus Hunter, his wife, Joann, a sister, Mary Margaret and a brother, Elmer. He is survived by a son, John (Mary Ann) of Winston-Salem, N.C., a son, Jeff (Michele) of Richmond, Ind., their mother, Dorothy Justus, of Portsmouth, stepson Kip Williams (Cheryl) of Georgetown, Ohio, stepdaughter Kim Crum (Norman) of Hillsboro, Ohio, a grandson, Joel Justus (Emily) of Woodberry Forest, Va., a granddaughter, Jennifer Justus of Wilmington, N.C., and nephews Jack Myers (Karen) and Jody Myers (Kim) of Auburndale, Fla.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the BRANT FUNERAL HOME IN SCIOTOVILLE with Rev. Paul Hagen officiating. The family will receive friends at Brant’s in Sciotoville from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday.