OBITUARY

John Al Utz

November 10, 1944April 7, 2018
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John Al Utz, 73, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Lansing, Michigan surrounded by loved ones. John was born November 10, 1944 in Ludington, Michigan to Aloysius and Elida (Olson) Utz. He worked for 34 years at the Fischer Body Plant in Lansing, and played his entire life. Outside of work, John enjoyed tending to his property in Eaton Rapids, boating, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. He was a kind, loving, and gentle man, dedicated to his wife, his family, and his friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Gregory Utz, his brothers, Daniel and Joseph Utz, and his parents.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 49 years, Mary Beth (Miller); son, James Arni (Lindsay) Utz; brothers, Carl (the late Shirley) Utz and James (Nancy) Utz; sister, Joann (Ron) Jabrocki; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 2pm to 4pm and again from 6pm to 8pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Ball Dunn Chapel, 621 S. Jefferson St., Mason, with a Scripture Service at 7:30pm.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 2pm at St. Simon Catholic Church, 702 E Bryant Rd, Ludington, with visiting from 11am until 2pm at the church. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery in Ludington.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410 or to the Ingham County Animal Shelter, 600 Curtis St., Mason, MI 48854.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.grbdmason.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Aloysius William Utz, Father
  • Elida Ustina (Olson) Utz, Mother
  • Michael Gregory Utz, Son
  • Daniel Utz, Brother
  • Joseph Utz, Brother
  • Mary Beth (Miller) Utz, Wife
  • James Arni (Lindsay) Utz, Son
  • Carl Utz, Brother
  • James (Nancy) Utz, Brother
  • Joann (Ronald) Jabrocki, Sister
  • DONATIONS

  • The Arbor Day Foundation
  • Ingham County Animal Shelter

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Visitation Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Scripture Service Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, April 14, 2018
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Nathan Hude

April 12, 2018

I will always remember John's smile and especially his laugh- eye's squinted with a sparkle, mouth open and tongue showing! Hard to explain, but I got to see it often, probably laughing about how someone else and I were such young dummies growing up and learning about life! That being said, I always thought John had a great deal of patience and I always admired him for that. I can only hope that I can employ the same amount with my kids and their friends as they grow. I will miss his drive-by honks and seeing him at Darrell's every once in awhile. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers over your loss of such a great man!

Dan and Jan Shoup

April 10, 2018

Our thoughts and Prayers are with all of Johns family during this time.

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