Jacob "Jake" Schutter, 88, loving brother and uncle, was called home July 18, 2011. Jake was born July 14, 1923, to Niklaas and Roelfien (Dreise) Schutter.
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Jake was raised in Kamp Creek west of Four Corners where he attended grade school at Vincent School and then on to high school in Manhattan.
Jake loved the mountains of Montana and being in them. He will always be remembered for his love of family and friends, natural skills as a mechanic and a lifelong love of farming. He started farming with his father, Niklaas, and brother, Rudy, in Whitehall, before moving to Cottonwood Road in Bozeman in 1950. Jake worked for seven years as a mechanic at Bozeman Ford in the '50s. His tremendous skill as a mechanic and welder were shared with his family and friends over the years.
Jake tried to enlist in the military during World War II but was unable to serve because he had rheumatic fever as a child, but he was happy to stay home to farm, and let his brother, Rudy, go off to serve in the Army Air Corps. Along with farming, Jake enjoyed hunting, fishing and working in the shop, where he always had the coffee pot on. He loved his family and friends and enjoyed his time with them. He liked to share his knowledge, and even in his 80s he was still trying to teach his 80-year-old brother the right way to irrigate.
He is survived by his brother, Rudolf Schutter; nieces, Betty (Jim) Scollard, Joyce (Mel) McCarver, and nephew, Jerry Schutter, all of Bozeman, and nephew, Arnold (Lee) Svensrud of Bridger. He is also survived by eight great-nieces and -nephews, seven great-great-nieces and -nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, (baby) Jake; sisters, Grace Svensrud, Jeannie Clausen and Ruby Stublar.
Jake was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Bozeman, Grain Growers, Montana Farmers Union, and the Montana Stockgrowers associations.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at Hope Lutheran Church off South 19th in Bozeman. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hills Cemetery in Manhattan.
Memorials in Jake's name may be sent to Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, 931 Highland Blvd., Suite 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715 (memo line - Hospice); or to Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf, Bozeman, MT 59718.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from July 22 to July 24, 2011