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Marlin E. Schutte

January 1, 1951 — August 28, 2017

Marlin E. Schutte, age 65, of Litchfield, MN died on Monday, August 28, 2017 in Litchfield, MN. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Litchfield United Methodist Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Marlin Eugene Schutte was born on September 27, 1951 to Deiderick and Iona (Baseler) Schutte in Huron, South Dakota. He graduated from Redfield High School where he participated in wrestling, track and football. He attended Jamestown College, graduating in 1973 and earned MBA in 1987 at St. Thomas University. Marlin was a high school teacher in Watertown and Delano Minnesota, where he coached wrestling, football and cross country; and was currently a business owner. Marlin was united in marriage to Dee Paxton at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on March 7, 2004 and together they moved to Litchfield in 2004. He was an active member of the Litchfield United Methodist Church, a member of the Litchfield School board, and was an avid volunteer with the Litchfield wrestling team. Marlin will be remembered as an entrepreneur who had a larger than life personality with a big heart, and was often seen at the center of the room. He loved to tell stories, puns, and groaner jokes and enjoyed living on the lake, whether he was cruising on the lake or hosting bonfires. He enjoyed pheasant hunting in South Dakota, keeping up with his grandchildren by following them online and most of all telling stories. Marlin is survived by his wife Dee Schutte; children Dan (Alison) Schutte of Pamyra, VA and Amelia (Todd) Valasco of Alexandria, VA; grandchildren Anna and Reid Valasco and Abby Schutte; and brother Bob (Gerri) Schutte of Redfield, South Dakota. He was also survived by his step children Dustin (Christine) Stuart and Daren Stuart; and grandchildren Hailee, Mason, Christian and Payton Stuart. He was proceeded in death by his wife Karen Robertson; and parents Deiderick and Iona. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spink County Pheasants Forever in Redfield, South Dakota and the Lake Ripley Improvement Association.
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