Edward Paul Stutz, 74, of Foster Township, IL, passed away at 11:07 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Rosewood Care Center surrounded by his family.
He was born June 29, 1940 in Alton, the son to the late John H. and Florence B. (Henkhaus) Stutz.
On Oct. 14, 1961, he and Beverly Ann O’Connor were married at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Alton. She survives in Foster Township.
Edward was an IBEW journeyman wireman with Local Union #649 for 43 years, retiring in 2005. He was a charter member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Bethalto and the Bethalto Knights of Columbus Council #4688. He and his family were known in the Foster Township area for farming, raising and showing Quarter horses at many shows and fairs. He always kept a large garden until recently, but most of all he loved spending time with his family. Trail rides and camping on his property in Southern Missouri are some of the family’s most fond memories. He also volunteered his many talents at church and the building of Gordon F. Moore Park.
In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Frederick R. and Teresa Stutz , David J. and Theresa Stutz of Foster Township and Lawrence E. and Lori Stutz of Godfrey; two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara A. and Thomas Leahy of Romansville, PA and Melissa A. and Martin Mauchenheimer of Leslie, MO; 14 grandchildren, Andrew (Johanna) Stutz, Angela Stutz, Adam, Zachary, Tyler and Ian Stutz, Katherine, Connor, Joseph and Brennan Leahy, Evan and Abigail Stutz and Hannah and Luke Mauchenheimer; a great-grandson, Aiden Stutz; a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Jacquelyn Stutz of The Villages, FL; two sisters, Mary Tarrant and Loretta Stutz of Foster Township; step-mother, Dorothy Stutz of Brighton; and mother-in-law, Hattie I. O’Connor of Godfrey.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Gerald and Robert Stutz.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Fr. Tom Liebler as officiant.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to: Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, American Parkinson Disease Association, Alzheimer’s Association or St. Anthony’s Hospice.
Arrangements with online information and guestbook through Paynic Home for Funerals may be found at www.paynicfh.com