Obit: Schutz, Gordon W. #2 (1949 - 2009)
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Surnames: Schutz, Curtin, Opelt, Greenberg,
----Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield,
Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 18 June 2009
Schutz, Gordon W. (26 Dec. 1949 - 16 June
GRANTON -- Gordon W. Schutz, 59, Granton, and
Detroit, Mich., died Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at Saint Joseph's
Hospital Palliative Care in Marshfield, after being admitted to the
hospital June 10.
A visitation and time of reflection will be held
at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 19, 2009, at Rembs Funeral Home,
Marshfield, followed by committal services and burial at Windfall
Cemetery in Granton.
Gordon was born Dec. 26, 1949, in Marshfield, the
second son of Merwyn G. and Henrietta L. (Curtin) Schutz. As a
young child, he attended Poplar Grove and East Freemont Elementary
Schools and worked on the family farm. After the sixth grade,
Gordon attended Purdy Junior High, where he participated in the
school band, playing the drums and accordion. He received his high
school education at Marshfield High School, being the first class
to graduate from the new school in 1968.
He spent his first two years of college at the
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and then received his bachelor
of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in
1975, majoring in history. He also earned his teaching certificate.
Gordon earned his master's degree in Spanish and history from Wayne
State University in Michigan.
Gordon student taught at Columbus Catholic High
School in Marshfield and later in Richland Center. After moving to
Bloomfield, Mich., he taught Spanish in the public and private
school systems and later at Wayne State University. While pursuing
his PhD, he became ill, which caused him to retire from teaching
after 32 years.
With Gordon's passion to help and teach, he spent
three years in the United States Peace Corps touring Bolivia and
Gordon declared his belief in the Baha'i faith
and was active and a devoted member of the Baha'i
He loved music, antiques, tractors, reading and
his beloved dogs, Cactus and Jake.
He will be sadly missed by his brothers, Fred
Schutz, Oconomowoc, Ronald Schutz, Little River, Texas, Kenneth
Schutz, Las Vegas, Nev., Gary Schutz, Marshfield, Donald Schutz,
Philadelphia, Pa., and Duane (Lisa) Schutz, Marshfield; and
sisters, Jeanie (Roger) Opelt, Chili, Nancy (Karl) Greenberg,
Marshfield, Diane (David) Herron, Marshfield, and Debra (Steven)
Kohl, Pittsville; and many nieces and nephews.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents;
Merwyn and Henrietta Schutz; sister-in-law, Gloria Schutz; niece,
Nicole "Nikki" Schutz; and his paternal and maternal
The family will designate a memorial in his name at a later date.
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