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Gaylord Shutt

April 17, 1926 — December 2, 2023

Gaylord "Gayle" Wayne Shutt, of Van Wert, peacefully passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at the age of 97. Born on April 17, 1926, in Pleasant Township, he was the son of the late John and Effie (Terry) Shutt. On May 28, 1949, Gayle married the love of his life, Velma Sprague, who passed away in 2014.

As a young man, he proudly served in the Navy during WWII. Following his military service, Gayle returned to his hometown, where he embarked on a fulfilling career with the US Postal Service. After many years of service, he retired in 1981.

Gayle found solace in farming and dedicated 25 years to this endeavor, retiring in 1985.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Gayle was deeply engaged in his community. He was a faithful member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. In addition, he was a proud and active member of American Legion Post 178, VFW Post 5803 and Van Wert County DAV Chapter #54.as well as the Moose Lodge 1320.

Gayle is survived by his beloved children: Carl (Laurie) Shutt of Winston Salem, North Carolina; Jay (Cheryl) Shutt of Marion, Ohio; Janis (John) Mathews and Max (Sally) Shutt, both of Van Wert; Nan (Kenneth) Eubank of Huntertown, Indiana; Mark (Sandi) Shutt of Van Wert, 13 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Gayle was preceded in death by a son, Paul Shutt and siblings: Don Shutt, Mabel Foust and Charlotte Etzler.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Father Chris Bohnsack celebrant. Interment will follow at Convoy IOOF Cemetery.

Friends and family will be received one hour prior to Mass, from 10 to 11, on Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Gayle's memory to DAV CHAPTER 54, 111 N. Shannon St., Van Wert, OH 45891.

To share in Gayle's online memorial, please visit www.alspachgearhart.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church

601 Jennings Rd, Van Wert, OH 45891

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Mass

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church

601 Jennings Rd, Van Wert, OH 45891

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Interment

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

12:30 - 12:45 pm (Eastern time)

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