Walter R. Schutte, 97, of East Main St., Earlville, NY, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich.
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He was born August 13, 1922 in Encinal, TX, a son of Alfred and Frances Schober Schutte. He received his early education in Encinal schools and was a graduate of Cotulla (TX) High School. Walter proudly served in the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division, Field Artillery Battalion during WWII from 1943 until his honorable discharge in 1945, receiving the Bronze Star medal. On December 6, 1946, he married Ingrid V. Eriksson in Detroit, MI, a loving union of 65 years until she predeceased him on December 15, 2011. Walter was a farmer who loved working in his vegetable garden and also raised chickens. He was a machinist at Norwich Pharmaceuticals until he retired and was a member of the ¼ Century Club. He was a former member of the American Legion and enjoyed having morning coffee at the Huff Brau with friends.
Surviving are his children, Alison and Samuel Benjamin of Morris; Peggy and Robert Mason of Norwich; and daughter-in-law, Sheila Schutte of Poolville; a sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Harold Mackey of St. Clair Shores, MI; his grandchildren, Matthew Seifert, Jessica and Tim Trask, all of Oneonta; Stacey Benjamin of Morris; Kimberly and Christopher Conway of Smithtown; Erik and Mary Ellen Mason of E. Windsor, NJ; Wendy and Patrick Quarry of Holly Springs, NC; Heather and Brian Binelli of Poolville; great-grandchildren, Sierrah (Walter) Bullock, Ian, Chase, Aslyn, Keira, Hannah, Logan and Joshua; and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are his friends and neighbors who were so kind and helped him. He was predeceased by a son, Robert in 2006, sisters, Josephine Jones, Pauline Schutte, Margaret Hermes; and brothers, Robert and Alfred Schutte, Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 1pm Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 3 Preston St., Earlville, followed by interment with military honors in the West Hill Cemetery, Sherburne.
Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 11am to 1pm prior to the service.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Earlville Fire Department, PO Box 37, Earlville, NY 13332.