Clifford E. Schutt passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning October 22, 2014 in his home in Forsyth, Montana. Cliff, always being humble and private had quietly lived out his final months.
He was born to Linnea Peterson, July 26, 1929. He was raised by his mother and father, Clarence Schutt, on the family farm in Fairmont, North Dakota. Cliff had five siblings growing up: Audrey, Arlen, Dale, Lloyd and Milton.
Cliff Enlisted in the U.S. Navy November 30, 1950. He proudly served during the Korean War. His assignment was on USS Reynolds DE440. Upon honorable discharge, Cliff began his life in Big Sky Country Montana. He put his mechanic skills to work, made friends everywhere he went and worked big jobs on big equipment.
Through Cliff’s union with Elaine Carney Kipp, He became a father. Donald D. Schutt was born in 1959. Cliff and Donnie’s family includes Steven Kipp, Barbara Jones, and Cynthia Shannon. Cliff and Donnie continued exploring the state making a life experience and looking for a home. While living in East Helena, Cliff met Jackie.
On June 4, 1971 Jaqueline Marie Prevost and Cifford Elroy Schutt married at Frontier Town Chapel. He and Jackie made their life and home in Colstrip, MT in 1975. They were practically inseparable. They enjoyed their community, cared deeply and demonstrated that by being actively involved. Cliff and Jackie enjoyed the social life, traveled extensively, loved to entertain, a game of cards, and a bourbon was always in order.
Cliff’s love and patience for family was endless. Cliff, while tested often, always proved to be a man of integrity. True grit, good humor, and a “Yes, Dear”, still hold a special meaning. We will never forget Dad.
Cliff retired from Western Energy Mine Feb 26, 1993. Jackie passed from his life August 6, 2003 in Wheaton, MN while on a final family cross country trip.
Surviving Cliff are his sister, Audrey Jacobs, Wheaton, MN; brothers, Arlen (Marlene) Schutt, Fairmont, ND, Dale (Luella) Schutt, Colstrip, MT; son, Donnie (Janet), Billings, MT; step-son Steve (Joan) Kipp, Billings, MT; step-daughter Kay, Demarais, MA; dear and beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Cliff’s life was full, well lived, and exemplary. He wished peace of mind to all.
In honor of wonderful memories, please join us 1:00 pm Saturday November 1, 2014 at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth. A reception will follow.
Cliff and Jackie’s wishes will be met when Donnie and Janet deliver their cremains to continue the completion of their final journey. On June 4, 2015 (44th Anniversary), they will set sail from the river to the sea at a family gathering in North Dakota.