KAHOKA, Mo. -- Herbert "Herb" Eugene Schutte, 83, of rural Kahoka, died Saturday (Dec. 8, 2012) at his home.
He was born Feb. 23, 1929, in rural Clark County, a son of Lawrence H. and Catherine Mary Shuman Schutte.
On July 18, 1953, Herb married Carmelita R. Boudreau at the Shrine of St. Patrick, St. Patrick. She survives.
Herb graduated from the Shrine of St. Patrick High School with the Class of 1946.
He was an Army
veteran of the Korean War
and served his country proudly.
Herb was a lifelong farmer in Clark County and a Knights of Columbus Insurance salesman for 18 years, and also worked for the Clark County ASCS office for numerous years. He was on the board of directors of the Lewis County REA from 1987-2005 and was also on the board for Northeast Power.
In 1977, his family was named the American Royal Missouri Farm Family of the Year. He received state farm management recognition by the Extension Division of the University of Missouri.
He was a member of the Shrine of St. Patrick, St. Patrick and a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
Herb was instrumental in starting the first bloodmobile in Clark County more than 40 years ago because a fellow Knights of Columbus member needed a transfusion of blood. In May 2001, Herb set a new record at the Kahoka bloodmobile by donating his 15th gallon of blood. He enjoyed the history of Clark County, especially the St. Patrick area. He was a very social outgoing man who never met a stranger. Most of all, he cherished the time he spent with his family especially his grandchildren.
Other survivors include five daughters, Janet A. Koltun of Springfield, Ill., Nancy C. Greer and her husband, Ron, of Quincy, Ill., Joan E. Ruhs and her husband, Greg, of Hamilton, Ill., Ann K. Sturm of Kahoka, and Barbara K. Alber and her husband, Otto, of Shelbina; three sons, Gerald F. Schutte of Kahoka, John A. Schutte and his wife, Dayle, of Grand Island, Neb., and Daniel J. Schutte and his wife, Cathy, of Canton; grandchildren, Kristen and Zachary Greer, Kyle, Sara and Evan Schutte, Nicholas and Danielle Ruhs, Amanda Frankel, Tanner Schutte, Andrea, Adam and Anna Sturm, and Matthew Alber; one great-grandson, Blake Myers; five sisters, Mary Rose Prior of Quincy, Rita Burn of Springville, N.Y., Ruthanna Garrison of St. Louis, Joan Rodis and her husband, Ted, of St. Louis, Jane Styczynski of Augusta; two brothers, Dennis Schutte and his wife, Doreen, of St. Louis, and Joseph Schutte and his wife, Mary, of LaGrange; four sisters-in-law, Hilda Schutte of Macomb, Ill., Patricia Schutte of Loveland, Colo., Emma Danker of St. Patrick, and Patricia Boudreau of El Cajon, Calif., along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Edward and Paul Schutte; twin granddaughters, Erin and Erica Alber; and three brothers-in-law, James Prior, R.F. Garrison and Pete Burn.
SERVICES: 10 a.m. Wednesday Mass of Christian burial will be held in the Shrine of St. Patrick, St. Patrick, with the Rev. Nicholas Reid and the Rev. Tom Alber officiating. Burial with military rites will be in the St. Patrick Cemetery.
VISITATION: 1-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka with family present 4:30- 7:30 p.m. The Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Shrine of St. Patrick Cemetery Association, the Clark County Food Pantry or the Lewis County Food Pantry.
ARRANGEMENTS: Vigen Memorial Home, Kahoka.
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