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Private Committal

St. Paul Lutheran Church

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Funeral Service

Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Flint Hills Chapel
Saturday October 28th, 2017

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Robert E. Buck Utech

HERINGTON -  Robert “Buck” Utech was born January 4, 1930.  He departed this life on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at the age of 87.  He was the son of Walter William Utech, Sr. and he preceded in death in 1965, and Edna Josephine (Granzow) Utech, and she preceded in death in 2007 at age 101.  He is also preceded in death by his brothers W. W “Bill” Utech in 2014, Ernest Utech in 1983, and Paul Utech in 2015. 

He married Dixie Lee Shugar on September14, 1958, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church. They were the parents of three sons Robert “Bob”, Steven, and Thomas.  She preceded in death in 2012.

After thirty-six years working as an engineer for the Union Pacific/Rock Island Railroads, he retired in 1992.  He liked fishing in his spare time, but his passion was farming.  He liked to plant his wheat, watch it grow, and always ready to run his combine. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church and sang in the choir for many years.  He liked to sing and sang at many weddings and funerals.  He always said it was an honor to be a part of these special moments in time. He served in the U. S. Navy in Hawaii during the Korean War.   He graduated from Herington High School with the class of 1948.

He is survived by his three sons, Robert Utech (Christi) of Shawnee, Steven Utech (Pam) of Bennington, NE, Dr. Thomas Utech (Kyle West) of San Diego, CA; a brother James Utech (Cheryl) of Junction City; a sister Teresa Staatz (Raymond) of Pipestone, MN; four grandchildren, Hailey, Zachary, Connor, and Evan Utech.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 10:00am at the St. Paul Lutheran Church - Herington, with Pastor Colleen Teeuwe, officiating.  A private committal will follow at the Sunset Hill Cemetery.  Pallbearers for the service are Tim, Utech, Dan Utech, Keith Albrecht, Trenton Granzow, Todd Utech, Bryn Utech, and honorary pallbearers are Paul Cohan,Jim Schimming, Charlie Everhart, Roger Diekmann, and Dr. Robert Novak.

The family requests memorials to the St. Paul Lutheran Church; and may be sent in care of the Zeiner Funeral Home-Herington Chapel,  404 S. Broadway, Herington, KS 67449-3038.

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My parents, Ernest and Mildred Phelps lived behind your Dad and Mother for several years. I saw in the obits that your dad had passed away and I just wanted to express my condolences as I know my parents enjoyed having them as neighbors. I believe Mom also was one of Tom's teachers.

Bonnie Phelps Bartram Nov 4 2017 12:00 AM

To the family, my deepest sympathy to you all. I just love him and Dixie!

Jackie Mueller (Irving) and Family Oct 29 2017 12:00 AM

All of the family are in our thoughts and prayers. May he Rest In Peace.

Carol (Toomey) & Emmett Murphy Oct 28 2017 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you now , we hope just knowing we care will comfort you.

Robert and Mary Ann Nuss Oct 28 2017 12:00 AM

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Steve & Melody Granzow Oct 27 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Bob, Steve and Tom,
We are so saddened to hear of Bob's passing. We had a good visit with Bob at Don Kemble's 90th birthday in August. The next day, we attended church at St Paul and heard his beautiful singing voice during the hymns.

Bob and Dixie were great friends and neighbors to us. We have so many happy memories of our time living across the street from all of you on Lewerenz. Tom and Shayn, our twins from different parents, had a lot of birthday parties together. We asked about you "boys" when we saw your parents. We want so much to be there at the service but we have some commitments we can't get out of.

May the Lord surround you with peace and healing as you grieve your father's passing.

Wally & Karen

Wally and Karen Herpich Oct 27 2017 12:00 AM

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I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your parents were very sweet people. Your dad was such a great guy. Always happy and kind. He had a beautiful voice. I know he will be missed by many. My prayers for comfort and peace are with you all.

Janet (Novak) Higer Oct 26 2017 12:00 AM

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