Leonard Joseph Jutte, 80, of Rockford, Ohio, died Monday, March 8, 2021, in Coldwater, Ohio. He was born on November 9, 1940, in Fort Recovery, Ohio, the son of August and Mary (Moeder) Jutte, both who preceded in death. He was a graduate of Coldwater High School's Class of 1959, and stayed in the Mercer County area all his life. On July 11, 1964, he married Betty Lou Homan, and she survives in Rockford. Leonard worked at numerous body shops over the years, and retired from EMS Body Shop in Coldwater, Ohio. He was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church in Rockford, where he served on the Council Committee, the Building Committee, and taught religion for over 30 plus years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time at their place on the Big Auglaize River.
Leonard's greatest joy was his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Leonard and Betty had five children: Alan J (Donna) Jutte of Coldwater; Gary L. Jutte of Rockford; and Duane A. (Vivian) Jutte of Mendon; Christina "Tina" (Troy) Miller of Van Wert; and Kimberly A. Blankemeyer of Delphos. Also surviving are fifteen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren and one deceased grandchild Timothy Jutte; two brothers, August (Betty) Jutte and Aloys Jutte; brothers-in-law, Raymond (Carol) Homan, Jim Clark, Dennis Homan and LaVern Vagedes; sisters-in-law Thelma Jutte, Jeanette Walls, Linda (Preston) Boardwine and Betty Jutte. Deceased are six brothers: Paul (Rita), Carl, Luke, Mark, Zeno and Julius (Betty) Jutte ; and six sisters: Esther (William) Keller, Helen Vagedes, Mary (Ed) Nieberding, Luella (Delbert) Barga, Joan (Joseph) Schoenherr, and Adelheit (Arthur) Hess. Deceased sister-n-laws Elizabeth Jutte, Shirley Clark, Della Mae (Victor) Rosenbeck, Evelyn (Jerry) Moorman. Deceased brother-in-law Lowell Walls
The family requests the visitation and funeral be limited to immediate and extended family only. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 12, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at Celina Immaculate Conception Church with Father Ken Schnipke officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford, Ohio. Friends may call on Thursday, from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 9:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford. In keeping with guidelines set forth by the Ohio Department of Health, social distancing and facial coverings are required. Masses may be directed to the church of your choice. Condolences may be expressed at ketchamripley.com
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