Roger Allen Schutz

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, September 1, 1942
Date of Death:
Monday, June 3, 2019
Age:
76 years old

Visitation

Date: Friday June 07, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Second Visitation

Date: Saturday June 08, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Hope Summit Christian Church [ view map ]

Funeral Service

Date: Saturday June 08, 2019
Time: 11:00 am

Location: Hope Summit Christian Church [ view map ]

Burial

Location: Oakwood Cemetery East

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, September 1, 1942
Date of Death:
Monday, June 3, 2019
Age:
76 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, September 1, 1942
Date of Death:
Monday, June 3, 2019
Age:
76 years old

Roger Allen Schutz

Roger Allen Schutz, 76, of Rochester, Minnesota died peacefully on June 3, 2019 surrounded by his family.

Roger was born on September 1, 1942 in Caledonia, Minnesota to Victor and Ida (Nelson) Schutz. He graduated from Caledonia High School before attending Humboldt Institute in Minneapolis. He started his career at IBM in 1965 where he worked until his retirement in 2009.

On June 21, 1969, he was united in marriage to Shirley Sanders from Fayette, Iowa. Together they created a faith and family focused home.

Roger was a devoted family man who led his children to love the Lord Jesus Christ, invested in them on a daily basis, took them on epic vacations, and was actively involved in the lives of his grandchildren.

Roger was a member of Meadow Park Church of Christ, now Hope Summit, where he served as Elder, Building Committee Chairman, Adopt-a-Highway Director, Greeter/Usher, and along with his wife, Sunday School Teacher.

In retirement, he enjoyed mentoring students through Kid’s Hope USA and monitoring recess at Schaeffer Academy.

Roger’s enthusiasm for life brought joy to his family and friends. He loved oldies music, deer hunting, gardening, reading, and especially baseball. His love for baseball started in childhood playing with neighborhood friends and listening to the Chicago Cubs on the radio. As an adult, he coached his sons’ little league teams, collected thousands of baseball cards and dozens of bobbleheads, spent countless hours teaching his nephew, children, and grandchildren to play the game he loved, and passionately followed the Minnesota Twins.

Roger is survived by his wife, Shirley; his children, Steve (Kezia), Sheila (Rodrigo) Avila, and Sam (Hilda); grandchildren, Gabriela and Lucas Schutz, Ian, Evan, and Susana Avila, and Sarah Mae (and soon to arrive, Sofia) Schutz.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Corinne Kubitz.

Memorials to Schaeffer Academy are preferred.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 8th at Hope Summit Christian Church. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7th in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in Oakwood East Cemetery.

Condolences

The family of Roger Allen Schutz has received the following condolences.

Shirley, my deepest sympathies to you and your family on your loss.  I didn't even know he had been ill.  I just learned of his funeral (today) after attending my granddaughter's orchestral concert this evening.  Love, Bev

Dear family,  My sincerest sympathies to all for the loss of such a loving man and such a loved man! I want to share something that makes me smile.  Back "in the day" we had one hour noon hours, so some of us walked home to eat. Roger, Lloyd and I would walk together. Lloyd loved motors and Roger loved the Cubs. I am quite certain that neither of those men knew what I loved:-) The conversation vacillated between those two topics. I used to think about Roger and his strong allegiance to that baseball team as I cheered on the Twins. Needless to say, when the Cubs won the World Series I could be heard saying, "Oh, gosh, I wish I could talk to Roger now"! which would lead to why? who? and I could tell the story of the lunch walks and smile. Two years ago at our class reunion I had the opportunity. Roger and I laughed and reminisced and he also told me that he had made the transition to the Minnesota Twins. It was such fun to catch up and also to remember. Thanks, Roger, for the memories.

Sorry to hear of Roger's passing.  He was a classmate of mine and we had  the privilege of sitting across from he and his wife at our last 2 class reunions.  Enjoyed hearing about their life and his wife showing us several pictures of their family on her phone.  His family will miss him terribly but they certainly have a lot of precious memories  of him.  Sincere sympathy to all of them.    Charles and Emily (Lampert) Wiste

Family of Roger Schutz,


When I started as a new hire at IBM, Rochester in 1977, Roger trained me in on doing I.C. chip layout. I knew absolutely nothing and Roger was a very kind and good teacher for me. I worked with Roger during the time from 1977 to 2009 when he retired and we became close friends. Even though I only met Shirley for the first time when Roger was in the hospital after a heart attack, I saw the pictures of his family on his desk all the time and he talked about what you each were doing and your accomplishments all the time. The love on his face and in his eyes was always there when he talked about all of you. He was so proud of all of you. Roger was a very good example for me at IBM as he definitely loved the Lord and I have no doubt that Roger is with the Lord now in a much better place. It really hit me and shocked & saddened me when Karl Ladin informed that Roger had died on Monday. We had been a little out of touch since he retired from IBM. If I feel such grief and loss, I can only imagine what Roger's wife Shirley and his children and grandchildren and family are feeling. I offer you my prayers and condolences for your grief and ask that the Lord help you through this very difficult and tragic time. We all have to leave this world and go to our ultimate home sometime and Roger is now home with the Lord. I will miss him greatly and this world is definitely a lesser place without him!

Dear Shirley,  I am thinking of you and praying for God's strength and comfort for you and your family at this time of sadness.  Phyllis Ostrander

Thinking of and praying for your family in the loss of a very good man.  I will always remember Roger's warm greetings at church and watching him, Sam, and Steve playing church softball together.  I'm so sorry for your loss. 

So sorry for your loss Shirley, my sympathy to you and your family

S

Nuestro Señor Jesucristo de la fortaleza a toda la familia 

We were so shocked and saddened to hear of Roger's passing.  We rejoice that he is with the Lord.  We have special memories of time spent with your family:  Especially praying for our girls as they were on mission trip together in India, and baseball cards shared with our younger kids.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.  Dale & Paula