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John D. “Fa” Schutte

October 12, 1955 - May 19, 2019



John D. “Fa” Schutte of Meauwataka, age 63, passed away, Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.

He was born October 12, 1955 in Cadillac to Karl and Doris (Aiston) Schutte.

On July 21, 1995 he married the former DeAnna Grice. Together they shared many years of friendship leading to what became the love of a lifetime.

John’s career began early in maintenance with Mitchell Corporation, moving on to Four Winns Boats in the early 1980’s where he became the head of maintenance before moving on to OTR driving for OMC. In 1995 John began what was a 23 year career with the Wexford County Road Commission, very happily retiring in May 0f 2018.

John enjoyed a lifetime of camping, boating, trips to the Upper Peninsula, riding ATVs, snowmobiling, and riding motorcycles with his wife. He spent many wonderful times with Dick and Cheryl Masten and Wilma McConnell through the years.

He is survived by his loving wife, DeAnna Schutte of Meauwataka; five children: Ryan (Kelli) Schutte of Cadillac, PaPa’s Princess, Emily Schutte of Meauwataka, Jennifer Johnson ( Jeremy Shaffer) of Meauwataka, Justin (Kelly) Johnson of Reed City and Nicholas Johnigan of Sheperd; seven grandchildren: Garrett and Logan Schutte, Jax Shaffer, Jaydin Johnson, Kaylin Goodman, James Johnson and Kypton Johnson; three sisters, Grace (Mac) McIntyre of Apache Junction, Arizona, Phyllis Craig of Traverse City, Betty Anderson of Meauwataka and several wonderful nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenneth Schutte and brothers-in-law, Tom Craig and Charles Anderson.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, May 24, 2019 at The Tabernacle in Buckley with Pastor John Williams officiating. Friends may meet the family Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Peterson Funeral and Cremation Services in Cadillac. His final resting place will be Meauwataka Cemetery in Colfax Township, Wexford County.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. An online guestbook is available at

Guest Book

  • Kathy Jant (Prince) - May 21st, 2019 3:49 pm

    "R.I.P. my friend, thank you for being you & all the wonderful memories. Sorry I won't make it to your service, but I'll be at home listening to "The Best of The Who" just like the ole times. God Bless & prayers for Deanna & family. You will be greatly missed. "

  • Naomi Cook - May 22nd, 2019 5:40 am

    "I knew John as a young girl we were nieghbors and my sister and I would go take care of his dogs when he was gone. He was always a happy sweet man and you could see he loved his family with all hhs heart. He will surely be missed by all. "

  • Sandra Videan - May 22nd, 2019 6:12 am

    "R.I.P.John heaven is gaining a special angel. God Bless you cuz and the family. Forever hugs."

  • Ashlee McCormick - May 22nd, 2019 7:52 am

    "Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. "

  • Michael Taylor - May 22nd, 2019 12:39 pm

    "John was always a great friend and fun to be around R.I.P. "

  • Kelly Rees - May 22nd, 2019 5:15 pm

    "John was my favorite person at Mitchel Corp, back in the 70's My deepest condolence's to you and,your entire family DeAnne."

  • Ron Wohlford - May 23rd, 2019 7:41 am

    "I had the pleasure of working with John for 23 years at the Wexford County Road Commission. We knew each other very well, and I will truly miss him. John took pride in everything he did, and could always be counted on. We became close when John took an indoor job at the Road Commission. True to his nature, he made that job so efficient that it became a part time job, and John split his time inside and out. My heart aches for my loss, but especially for Deanna and the family. Save me a spot up there John...."

  • Riochard & Wanda Draper - May 23rd, 2019 9:45 am

    "our Prayers to you familyxm"

  • Barbara Bump - May 24th, 2019 11:54 am

    "You always had a smile on your face, you will be greatly missed. Sincere condolences to your family, hugs and prayers Joe & Barb Bump "

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