Lee Gordon Schutts was born in Knapp, Nov. 14, 1933, to Gust and Anna Schutts. The people who knew Lee would describe him as a hard worker, social butterfly, avid outdoors-man and a horse lover. Surrounded by family, he entered eternal life Saturday, Jan. 27 2018.
In his younger years, you would find Lee at the local 400 Club, dancing the polka or running the family farm. He was the youngest of his siblings, but Lee had to grow up fast. He lost his dad when he was seven years old. Lee was involved in the local FFA chapter and received first place in the National Meat Judging Contest held in Kansas City. Lee attended the Dunn County School of Agriculture, “Aggie” and graduated in 1951. You could also find Lee competing in local tractor pulls, where he would just take the tractor right out of the field and compete.
Lee had two daughters, Cathy and Jody, from a previous marriage, before he married Pauline Loretta Otten Feb. 12, 1972, at a small ceremony at the Little Brown Church in New Hampton, Iowa. Cathy and Jody enjoyed learning all of Lee’s tips and tricks around the farm. Lee and Pauline spent 46 years together, sharing in all the joys and excitement of farm life.
Lee worked at 3M in White Bear Lake, Minn., for 20 years. He was the “go to man” at the plant. During this time of working at 3M, Lee also managed 500 acres of crops, 1400 pigs and other animals. His life and heart were farming. At 3M, he met his great friend, Michael Juneski. Michael became one of Lee’s lifelong hunting buddies.
Lee retired in 1985, when he welcomed his first grandchild, Onnalee Marie into his life. Lee started his love for Percheron draft horses with the purchase of a team of geldings, Jim and Bandit. Showing at state fairs around the U.S. and Canada, playing Santa Claus at local businesses, or hauling thousands of people at Country Fest were some of Lee’s passions in life. Lee’s life was shaped by his horses. There were many horses that came and went, but there were a few that shaped his career as a breeder of Percheron’s. He received the most prized award, All American, with a filly foal named Cassie in 1995. His mare, Jay was remarkable, and they would show her off to others because she knew her left and right feet.
In most recent years, Lee has enjoyed watching his great-granddaughter, Peyton Lee grow up. Lee also had a love for many dogs and cats that have crossed his path during his life, as well as two special potbellied pigs. Lee enjoyed watching sports, especially basketball, football, hockey and baseball. He also enjoyed watching hunting shows, visiting with family and friends and reminiscing about the past.
Preceded in death by his parents, Gust and Anna Schutts; siblings, Mildred, Ester, Ethel, Lucille, Rosella, Sylvia and Everett; daughter, Cathy Jo Schutts Delong; and best friend, Michael Juneski.
He is survived by his wife and support of 46 years, Pauline; daughter, Jody Schutts (Jeremy Kozumplik) of Menomonie; grandchildren, Onnalee (Earl) Wayne of Wilson, Rachel (Darren) Hollenbeck of Eau Claire, Mary Rogers of Minneapolis and Andrew (Madeleline) Rogers of Kings Bay, Ga.; his great-granddaughters, Maggie Wendt and Peyton Lee Wayne; close family friends, Terry Arver and Curt Welk. Lee touched a lot of lives during his time on earth.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Fe. 3, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, with Pastor Craig Conklin officiating. There will be visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Teegarden Cemetery in the town of Lucas, Dunn County, Wis.
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