Born on April 13, 1929 in Quincy, Illinois, Russell was the son of Arthur C .and Ora Anna May Genteman Schutte. He married Bonnie Jean Grawe on October 7, 1948 in Quincy, Illinois. She preceded him in death on May 26, 2001. On January 1, 2002, Russell united in marriage with Elizabeth McKenzie McAnulty in Quincy, Illinois. She survives.
Russell was a 1946 graduate of Quincy High School. He was employed by Gardner Denver Company and then the Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana. He retired as Engineering Manager of the Diesel Engine Department. He returned to Quincy in 2000 and was a member of Luther Memorial Church. Russell was lead singer and played the trumpet in the Heidelberg German Band which was his life’s passion. He also loved to fish and was a woodworker.
Survivors in addition to his wife, include his daughter, Terri Williamson of Indianapolis, Indiana, and his son, Alan Schutte of Springfield, Illinois; stepson, Steve (Mary Marie) McAnulty of Quincy, Illinois, and stepdaughter, Linda (Jeff) Bowker of Springfield, Illinois; six grandchildren, Amanda (Josh) Patridge, Colin Schutte and Austin Schutte, all of Springfield, Illinois, Keith (Dana) Williamson of Terra Haute, Indiana, Adam (Sheri) Williamson and Jeremy Williamson, both of Indianapolis, Indiana; four great grandchildren, Carly, Casey, Reagan and Liam Patridge, all of Springfield, Illinois, and a brother, Eugene (Lucy) Schutte of Quincy, Illinois.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Sharon Kaye Schutte, and a son Edward in infancy.
Services were July 8, 2015 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with Rev. Tony Metz officiating. Burial followed in Greenmount Cemetery. Memorials may be made in memory of Russell Schutte to Heidelberg Band or Luther Memorial Church in care of Hansen-Spear Funeral Home 1535 State ST, Quincy, Il 62301. www.hansenspear.com