Funeral services for John Joseph Schutz Jr., 94, of New Albany, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan 5, at Newcomer Funeral Home, New Albany, with burial in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, New Albany. He died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
He was born on Jan. 2, 1918 in Louisville, to the late John J. Sr., and Therese M. Wachenthaler Schutz. A member of the nation’s “Greatest Generation,” he served his country proudly as a U.S. Marine communications chief in World War II and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a 57-year congregant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in New Albany.
He is survived by his four children, Sara Schutz, Jeanne Brashear and her husband, Amos, Ivar “Izzy” Zzyznius and David Schutz and his wife, Linda; brother, Eugene Schutz and his wife, Betty; nine grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Doris and Margaret Schutz.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Ursula Russell Schutz and siblings, Marcella, Vernon, Clarance and Albert Schutz.
Visitation at the funeral home will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, with the Rosary recited at 4 p.m. Visitation on Saturday will be from 9 to 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hosparus – the Community Hospice of Southern Indiana (624 East Market Street, New Albany, IN 47150). To leave a special message for the family, please visit newcomerindiana.com.