Donald Frederick Schutte

Donald Frederick Schutte, 88, Mexico, passed away Sunday March 21 at 1:15pm at Boone Hospital in Columbia. Mr. Schutte was born Aug. 4, 1932 in Mexico, a son of George and Mary (Erdel) Schutte.

He was a 1949 graduate of Mexico High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force 49th Fighter-Bomber Squadron from 1951-1954 during the Korean War. At the time of his honorable discharge, he had obtained the rank of sergeant. On Nov. 5, 1955, he married Doris Elaine Groves at the First Presbyterian Church in Mexico. They shared 31 wonderful years together, and were the parents of five children born between 1956-1963. Doris preceded him in death on April 24, 1987.

Don was a lifelong area grain and livestock farmer, and was very active in the agricultural community. He was very proud to have been a fourth generation farmer, with his great grandfather Konrad Schutte, a German immigrant, being the first. Before his health declined, Don was actively farming alongside his wife and sons at Quarter S Farms, Inc. He especially enjoyed spring planting, fall harvest, and raising cattle, both feedlot and pasture.

He was also very involved in the beef industry where he was a charter member of the Audrain County Beef Association, served on the Missouri Cattlemen's Association board, served as chairman of the Missouri Beef Industry Council, and was a member of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. His most recent service was on the board of directors of the U.S. Meat Export Federation which allowed him the opportunity to travel to various countries including England, Poland, Mexico, and Hungary to promote and support the exportation and consumption of U.S. beef.

He also served a number of years on the State Missouri Farmers Association Board of Directors, and was chairman of the local MFA Board, as well as, the Audrain County Extension board. He enjoyed being a 4-H leader for many years, and was a longtime supporter and advocate of FFA, of which he was a member as were his three sons. In 1971, Donald and Doris received the State Farm Management Award, and in 1974 they were especially honored to have been chosen as the first recipient of the Rural Citizen Award presented by the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce in honor of the late Dale Schnarre.

He was a longtime member of the Benton City Presbyterian Church where he served the church in many leadership capacities. For the past several years he attended the Mexico First Presbyterian Church. Don's faith in God and love of the land provided for a lifetime on the farm raising a family and doing what he truly loved. He loved spending time with family and was extremely proud of his eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He and Doris enjoyed time with family at their cabin in the Ozarks, square dancing, and traveling. Don also enjoyed collecting John Deere tractor memorabilia, attending farm shows, reading, family reunions, and attending his grandchildrens' activities. With a great sense of humor, quick wit, and fondness for a good story, visits with friends and family were always treasured.

He is survived by his children, Diane Tremblay of Richmond, Texas, Delores (Andy) Mason of Jacksonville, Ill., Dean (Erma) Schutte of Higbee, Dwayne (Liz) Schutte of Mexico, and Danny (Resa) Schutte of Mexico; grandchildren, Kyle Tremblay of Richmond, Texas, Kelsey Mason of Lee's Summit, Cody (Brittany) Mason of Jacksonville, Ill., Stephanie (Mike) Robinett of Mexico, Stacy (Patrick) Enslen of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Sydney Schutte of Springfield, Jordan (Abbygayle Jones) Schutte of Mexico, and Nicole Schutte of Mexico; great-grandchildren, Raigan and Bryce Robinett of Mexico, Corbin Mason of Jacksonville, Ill., his brother, Gerald (Doris) Schutte of Mexico; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; his parents, George and Mary Schutte; a brother, Robert Schutte and his wife Jayne; and a niece, Sandra Schutte of Mexico

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27 at First Presbyterain Church of Mexico.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service at the church. Arnold Funeral home is handling the arrangements

An especially memorable experience in Don's life was the opportunity to participate in the Central Missouri Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in 2013. Therefore, memorial contributions are kindly suggested to this organization so that other U.S. veterans can have this same opportunity.
Memorial gifts can be made to the First Presbyterian Churches of Mexico, Benton City, or Auxvasse. Send in care of Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico, MO 65265.

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