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Col. John F. Kutcher Sr.

1939 - 2017
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Colonel John F. Kutcher, Sr., aka Jack Kutcher, of Churchville, MD passed away peacefully at his home on February 17, 2017 after a two year battle with cancer. He was the son of the late Charles J. Kutcher and Elizabeth T. Kutcher (nee Knorr), and the youngest brother of the late Mary Regina Collins and the late Charles J. Kutcher, Jr. He is a veteran with 37 years of distinguished service in the U.S. Army and Maryland National Guard. He was 77 years old. Born and raised in Baltimore City, Jack attended The Shrine of the Little Flower Elementary School and Mt. St. Joseph's High School where he graduated in 1957. He attended Loyola College for two years, and left there to work for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation at the Sparrows Point Plant At "the Point" he completed an 8000 hour Lineman Apprenticeship Program, and was graduated as a Journeyman Lineman in 1964. He enlisted in the 136th Signal Company (RR/VHF), Maryland Army National Guard, on September 12, 1962. In March 1963, the unit was reorganized as Company C, 129th Signal Battalion, part of the famed Blue and Gray 29th Infantry Division. He was commissioned a second lieutenant on August 28, 1965, and with the implementation of the Selected Reserve Force (SRF) program in 1965, he was reassigned to Headquarters, 2nd Battalion 175th Infantry at Dundalk, Maryland. There he held positions of Recon-naissance Platoon Leader, Battalion Communications Officer, Assistant Operations Officer and later as Adjutant. He was promoted to Captain on August 28, 1970. In January 1974, Captain Kutcher was reassigned to the National Guard Bureau, and held various military assignments in Infantry, Aviation and Signal units in the National Guard. Concurrently, his civilian jobs with the National Guard Bureau focused on Joint Military Planning, Operations and Training. From 1978 to 1983 he served as Senior Airlift Manager, and Chief of the Air National Guard Operations Center at Andrews Air Force Base where he coordinated numerous relief and support efforts for major events. He was next assigned to the Pentagon and the Joint Readiness Center in Arlington, Virginia where he specialized in domestic and international emergency management, and disaster relief planning and operations. He was promoted to Major in 1974 and Lieutenant Colonel in 1978. When the 29th Infantry Division was reactivated in October 1985, he was appointed Commander, 129th Signal Battalion. He was promoted to Colonel in November 1987. Colonel Kutcher graduated from the U.S. Army Infantry and Signal Advanced courses, the U.S. Air Force Combat Operations and Battle Staff Management schools, the U.S. Army Electronic Warfare Officer course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the National Defense University National Security Course. He retired as an Army officer and an Air Force civilian in September 1999. He has remained active in several veterans service organizations, including the American Legion, Military Officers Association of America, National Guard Bureau Alumni Association, Veteran Corps (5th Regiment Infantry), and the 175th Infantry Regimental Association. He is Past Secretary-General, Past Maryland Commander, and current National Delegate from Maryland in the Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States. He has been a member of the 29th Division Association for nearly 50 years, and an active participant since 2001. He has served the Association as the Finance Officer at Post and Region level. He was elected National Vice-Commander of the Association in 2011, and to National Commander in 2013. As National Commander, Colonel Kutcher had the honor of placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in May 2014. In June 2014, he led a contingent of WWII Veterans and their families and friends to Normandy, France for ceremonies in observance of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. Colonel Kutcher met his wife, the former Maxine Ann Carozza, at a church social event in Baltimore in October 1958; they were married at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in August 1964. They raised four sons while living in Baltimore, and moved to Churchville in Harford County, Maryland in 1974. They celebrated 50 years of marriage in August 2014. He is survived by his wife Maxine, their four sons John F. Kutcher, Jr., Michael D. Kutcher, Matthew D. Kutcher, and Daniel G. Kutcher; eight grandchildren Timothy J. Kutcher, Steven M. Kutcher, Joseph D. Kutcher, Ashley D. Kutcher, Amanda L. Kutcher, Dylan M. Kutcher, Tabitha L. Petz, and Brian D. Cowan. He is also survived by three great grandchildren, Brooke E. Petz, Kyle P. Petz, and Harper L. Petz. Friends and family may call at the Schimunek Funeral Home of Bel Air, Inc., 610 West MacPhail Road, Bel Air, MD 21014 on Monday from 7:00 to 9:00PM, Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00PM and 7:00 to 9:00PM. There will be a Mass of the Resurrection at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church at 141 N. Hickory Avenue, Bel Air, MD on Wednesday at 10:30AM. Interment will immediately follow at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery, 7401 German Hill Road, Dundalk, MD 21222. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kutcher Foundation at 302 Dove Court, Forest Hill, MD 21050 to support a number of local and national charitable organizations supported by Colonel Kutcher, and the establishment of a military leadership scholarship in his honor.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Feb. 19, 2017
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