Date of Death: February 19, 2024

Service Details

Visitation will be held Saturday, March 9, 2024 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Jamey Smith of Restoration Church officiating.

Obituary Notice

Michael Paul Kutz, 64, of Elkhart, IN, passed away Monday, February 19, 2024 at East Lake Nursing & Rehab.

He was born November 10, 1959 in Three Rivers, the son of Paul E. and Anna L. (Pond) Kutz, and graduated from Three Rivers High School with the Class of 1978.

Michael was a dedicated employee of Elkhart Plastics for more than 20 years, and more recently worked at Elkhart Community Schools as a janitor.

Michael married Cheryl L. Bigger on February 14, 1996. They were the love of each other’s lives. They loved having people over and hosting parties, cookouts and enjoying their time together as a family.

Michael loved to go fishing, camping, hanging out with family and friends, building stuff, grilling out, collecting Budweiser mugs. Michael also loved NASCAR and collecting Indian items. Michael loved to decorate for the holidays. His yard was always lit up with something. Michael also loved his flags. Michael also played Santa for family.

Remaining to cherish his memory are his brothers, Dale (Marcy) Kutz, Terry (Kathleen) Kutz, and David (Ilene) Kutz; sister, Patricia (William) Prichard; niece and caregiver, Rebecca Hunt; nieces and nephews, Alicia, William, Chase, Kristin, Katie, Ericka, Joshua, Nicole, Bryanna, Terra, Dave Jr., Kendra, Logan, Travis, and Colin; many great-nieces and nephews; his girlfriend, Brenda Baker.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife, Cheryl Kutz, in 2008.

Additional Information

Donations in Michael’s memory may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or to the family. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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  1. Dear Kutz Family
    Chuck and I are so deeply saddened for your loss of Mike. We, as well, feel sad for the loss of a great friend. Many, many memories of Mike’s caring, funny personality will remain with us. One of them is that Mike often stopped at our house when the boys were young. He would play with them, ruff them up a little (in play), then suddenly tell them, “I’m done. ” Of course, they would come right back at him wanting to continue the fun. In his stern (haha) voice, he would say to them, “Look, I said I’m done.” Shut them off like a light switch. It happened every time. I think the boys looked forward to it each time they saw him walk in the house. I guess you could say he helped teach our boys. He toughened them up, and taught them there’s a time for fun and a time to be serious. Thanks Mike! Some of the other memories of when we were teenagers will always be in my mind. Mike, please don’t tell my mom and dad on me before I get there to defend myself!!
    As you mourn, Kutz family, please feel God’s healing touch in your hearts, He’s there to help you through this. And always remember the fun, loving memories you hold dear of Mike to comfort you.
    Love, Shari & Chuck

  2. I’m so sorry for the loss of your brother, Patty. I know you will really miss him.
    I can’t be there for the funeral in person, but I will be thinking of you in this sad time.
    May God comfort you and your family.

  3. So sorry for the loss. I knew Mike for a long time, and to say least he was a character, always pulling pranks on someone.So I’m sure that he is still pulling pranks on everyone up there and even God lol
    Rest in peace Michael

  4. Deep condolences to all family & friends of Michael. I was one of Michaels health care workers at Elkhart. He was such a wonderful and cheerful joy! Special thank you to his wonderful family, his niece Becky and friends who I have witnessed being by Michaels side during his sickness.
    May his souls rest in peace.

  5. Terry & Kathy, please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your brother. My prayers go out for God to put his arm around your shoulders as you go through this time of grief. Hugs & prayers being sent your way. Love, Alice Kielau

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