Sam Charles Wutke, age 61, resident of Fort Scott, died Friday, March 16, 2007, at Mercy Health Center following a lengthy illness. He was born December 22, 1945, in Columbia, Missouri, the son of Clarence S. (Red) Wutke and Nelle Virginia Comelison Wutke.
Sam was a 1963 graduate of Girard High School. He attended Independence Community College on an athletic scholarship and graduated from Pittsburg State University. He married Catherine Cuthbertson on November 24, 1966, at Girard.
Sam was a freelance photographer prior to his illness.
The couple moved from Shawnee Mission to Fort Scott in 1995.
He was a member of the Village Presbyterian Church in Shawnee Mission. Sam was an avid Pittsburg State University and Girard Trojan fan. He loved all sports.
Survivors include his wife, Cathy of the home; his Mother, Nelle Wutke of Girard; three brothers, Ron Wutke and Dave Wutke and wife Robin, all of Girard, and Steve Wutke and wife Betty, Springfield, Missouri. Also surviving are four nieces, Cheryl Michelet, Kristin Weis, Lindsey Schneider, Angie Hickman; and five nephews, Drew Wutke, Sam Wutke, Brent Crawford, Lance Reeves, and Dane Wutke; and nine great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, several aunts and uncles.
The Rev. Jared Witt and the Rev. Steve Cole will conduct funeral services at 2 p.m. Monday at the Girard United Methodist Church.
The eulogy will be given by Steve Wutke. Burial will be in the Girard Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to a Sam Wutke Scholarship Fund at the Girard High School and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.