Wallace William Schutte, 78, of Kirksville passed away Sunday, May 31, 2009, at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 5, 2009, at Faith Lutheran Church in Kirksville, with Rev. David Lukefahr officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Park View Memorial Gardens in Kirksville. Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, 2100 E. Shepherd Ave., Kirksville, MO 63501. Memorials are suggested to Lutheran Hour Ministries or the building fund for Peace Lutheran Church in Milan in care of the funeral home.
He was born Dec. 6, 1930, in rural area of Concordia, to Otto Frederich and Frieda Laura Magdelena (Woodrich) Schutte. On Aug. 24, 1957, he married Ruth Fields at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kansas City; they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2007. He graduated from Concordia High School in 1948, served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 and graduated from University of Missouri in 1959. From 1959 to 1961 he managed Farm Bureau in Fulton. He served as a territorial manager for Sperry New Holland from December 1961 until his retirement in 1985. He served as president in each congregation in which he belonged, as well as other positions, including elder. As a commissioned lay minister for the Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod, he served at Peace Lutheran Church in Milan, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Memphis and other congregations in Missouri and Iowa since 1963. He also served as a trustee for Faith Lutheran Church in Kirksville for more than 20 years and was known for his meticulous care of the church lawn. He was an avid racing fan and enjoyed traveling, playing Scrabble and solving crossword puzzles.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Mark William Schutte of the home and John Charles Schutte and his wife, Janet, of Apple Valley, Minn.; two daughters, Sara Lynn Hartman and her husband, Phil, of Jefferson City and Susan Ruth Newman and her husband, Ken, of Leawood, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Hanna, Laura and Joey Hartman, Matt and Madison Newman, Elizabeth and Tom Schutte; one sister, Grace Brandt of Concordia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ralph Otto Schutte, all of Concordia.
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