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Chad Jutz

November 26, 1971 — May 13, 2012

Chad Edward Jutz, age 40, of Detroit Lakes, MN, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2012.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Friday, May 18, 2012, at the Frazee High School with Father Xavier Ilango celebrating. Interment will be made in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Lunch will be hosted following the service for all to attend. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, May 17, 2012, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee with a rosary service to be held at 6:30 p.m. and a prayer service to follow.

Chad was born November 26, 1971, at St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes, MN, to Ed and Linda (Buschette) Jutz. Chad was baptized into faith at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, MN. He was confirmed in faith at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee, MN. Chad grew up in Frazee, MN, where he attended school and graduated from Frazee High School with the class of 1990.

He attended Alexandria Technical College where he graduated from the law enforcement program in May of 1992.

Chad was united in marriage to Shantel Germolus on August 22, 1992, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where Father Stephen Wagman presided over the wedding.

The couple made their home in Detroit Lakes, MN and were blessed with 4 children: Hailey, Andrew, Matthew and Deven.

Chad gained employment with the Detroit Lakes Police Department in the spring of 1993. He also worked part time for his Dad, Ed, with Jutz Excavating. Chad continued his employment with the Detroit Lakes Police Department until the time of his death.

Chad had a love of classic and muscle cars and enjoyed time spent in the shop working on, and detailing vehicles. His passion extended to waxing and applying Armor All to anything with wheels; right down to his lawnmower. He was known as "Mr. Fix-it" and was a jack-of-all trades. Chad designed and painted mailboxes that he generously donated to local charities and fundraisers in the community.

He had a great love for children which also showed in his dedication to his church. He was active in release time at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and enjoyed spending time with the kids and cooking for them. He also served as a lector, usher and Eucharistic Minister there. Many parishioners called upon him to fill-in with church duties when they were not able to attend as he rarely said no.

He was a dedicated husband and father who cherished his wife and children.

He is survived by his wife, Shantel; 4 children: Hailey, Andrew, Matthew and Deven; his parents, Ed and Linda (Buschette) Jutz; 1 sister, Tammy (Mark) Sorlien and their daughter, Megan; Clyde and Ginny Menning; father and mother-in-law, Chubb and Diane Germolus; 2 brothers-in-law, Shaun (special friend, Anne) Germolus and children, Alexis, Austin and Isabelle; Shane (Kim) Germolus and their children, Josh and Gage; maternal grandparents, Ray and Lillian Buschette; along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Walter and Marie Jutz; cousins: Elliot Close and Amy Jo Johnson; 2 uncles: Wayne Baumgart and Larry Manning; and special friend, Father Stephen Wagman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Education Endowment Fund or the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund.
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