VIRGIL NICKOLAS SCHUTZ, age 93, of Luverne, formerly of Adrian, died Sunday, March 21, 2021, at his home. He was born to John and Ann (Finke) Schutz on October 26, 1927 in Adrian, MN. He spent most of his life in Adrian graduating from Saint Adrian Catholic School in 1945 and he was an active member of St. Adrian Parish. He enlisted in the US Navy after graduation from high school and served aboard the destroyer R P Leary during WWII. After serving in the US Navy he attended college at Worthington Community College. In February 1951 he was drafted into the US Army and served for two years. In June of 1952 he requested a leave and came home to marry Mary Ann Schraad. Virgil and Mary lived in Enterprise, Alabama until his discharge in 1953. Returning home to Adrian, Virgil worked for his father at Schutz Hardware. He purchased the store in 1959 and continued his career there until 1992.
He was a lifelong member of the Saint Joseph Society and Knights of Columbus. He was also an active member of the American Legion. He was an original member of the Nobles County Park Board and served on the Adrian Fire Department from 1948 until his retirement. Virgil was also a member of the Adrian State Bank Board of Directors.
He loved to hunt, fish, travel and execute elaborate pranks. He has visited all fifty states in the United States, New Zealand, as well as many trips to Europe. His grandchildren and great grandchildren were a great joy to him in his later years. Virgil and Mary moved to Luverne, MN in 2006 and is a current member of Saint Catherine Church. He is survived by his wife Mary of 69 years along with his children Cheryl (Mike) Cox, Luverne; Judy (Mark) Barlow, Rochester, MN; Tom (Karla) Schutz, Prior Lake, MN; 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren and special daughter, Anja and her family, in Germany. Bother Jack Schutz (Liliane), Edina, MN; Sister Beverly Knips, Bloomington MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ann, a daughter Kathleen, son Mark, grandson Brian Cox, 3 brothers in law and 1 sister in law.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 pm Wednesday at St. Adrian Catholic Church in Adrian. Funeral Mass will be 2 pm Wednesday at St. Adrian Catholic Church, officiated by Monsignor Richard Colletti. Burial, with full military honors provided by the Adrian American Legion, will be in the St. Adrian Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Preservation of St. Adrian Catholic Church Fund, 512 Maine Ave., Adrian, MN 56110.
Dingmann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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