Earl Eugene Stutzman, known to most as "Gene," passed away at the age of 93 at Paddock Springs Healthcare on August 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 forty-seven years married to Ruth L. Klopenstein. Later he was married to Jean Korthal Smith who survives at home; they were married for twenty-one 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 son, Brent (Nancy) Stutzman of Brownsburg, two daughters, Becky (Bill) Butterfield of Mustang, OK 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 care of Gene and the family. Services will be held at North Webster Church of God, 302 North Main Street, North Webster on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. Visitors may gather from 1 to 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