Utech, George Walter
Pittsford: Friday, September 11, 2009, after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Krestie, his children Jenny, Anna (John Jacobs), Dan, and Jon Eric (Kathy), and grandchildren Joy and Christopher Utech. Also surviving George are sister Shirley (Harvey) Berg, sister Carolyn Meyer and brother Willard (Barbara) Utech; nieces and nephews David and Douglas Berg, Debbie (Berg) Beyer, Mark Meyer, Linda (Alan) Drey and Wayne Utech; and grand nieces and nephews Amanda and Tyler Drey and Anna Beyer.
George was born October 18, 1931, on the family farm near LeMars, IA, to George Walter Utech, Sr. and Jennie Attelson Utech. His Christian life began in a bowl of water lanced with light, all the colors of the rainbow attending his baptism at home. As a youth he worked hard helping his father on the farm where they raised corn and soybeans and fed cattle and hogs. After college at Wartburg and St. Olaf, George graduated from Trinity Seminary, Columbus, OH. He was a leader in the youth ministry of the American Lutheran Church and served as President of the ALC International Luther League. George did graduate work in England and at the University of Iowa, was ordained as a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and served as a chaplain at Texas Lutheran College. He lived with his family in Pittsford, NY since 1968. George loved poetry and photography. He wrote poetry, had hymn texts published and developed many photography exhibits for family and friends.
The Utech family will open its home at 19 Kerrygold Way, Pittsford, for friends to visit, 2-5PM, Friday, October 16. A memorial service for George will be held at 4PM on his birthday, Sunday, October 18, at The Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Ave., Rochester, NY. All are invited to a dinner following the service. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to the Soren Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College, 1520 St. Olaf Ave., Northfield, MN 55057, or to the Holtcamp Organ Fund at The Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14607.
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