Earl Eugene Stutzman, known to most as “Gene,” passed away at the age of 93 at Paddock Springs Healthcare on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. He was a lifetime resident in Kosciusko County.
Born to Delbert and Mary Miller Stutzman on May 5, 1930, Gene attended schools in Nappanee before honorably serving in the United States Navy. He was blessed to find love twice as Gene spent more than 47 years married to Ruth L. Klopenstein. Later he was married to Jean Korthal Smith, who survives at home; they were married for 21 years.
A hard worker, Gene dedicated himself to each of his employers. He is remembered for his time at Weatherhead, as the owner and operator of Stutzman Photography Studio and at Zimmer from where he retired in 1995. More personally, he is remembered a man of strong Christian faith; he is a former member of New Salem Church of the Brethren and a longtime member of North Webster Church of God.
In addition to his wife, Jean Stutzman, of Warsaw, those who survive include a son, Brent (Nancy) Stutzman, of Brownsburg; two daughters, Becky (Bill) Butterfield, of Mustang, Okla., and Debra Stutzman, of Lafayette; sister, Sally Guard, of Nappanee; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three stepsons, Kip (Debbie) Smith, of Bloomington, Jay (Patty) Smith, of Bargersville, and Tim (Judy) Smith, of Mentone. In addition to his first wife, Ruth, and his parents, Delbert and Mary, Gene was preceded in passing by six siblings, Oliver, Olen, William, Gary, Lucille and Betty.
Titus Funeral Home of North Webster is entrusted with the care of Gene and the family. Services will be held at North Webster Church of God, 302 N. Main St., North Webster, on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Visitors may gather from 1-3 p.m. A Life Celebration service will follow at the church. Burial will be at Leesburg Cemetery.
Memorials should be considered to the Red Cross of Northeast Indiana or to North Webster Church of God, with envelopes available at the service. Written condolences may be left for the family at www.TitusFuneralHome.com.