Charles James Kutz "Jim", 79, of St. Johns, Fla., a retired associate member of the Western PA Conference, died Sunday, August 19, 2018 after a difficult battle with cancer of the throat caused by smoking.
Born June 2, 1939, in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was the son of the late Charles and Virginia Kutz. He attended Brookville High School, Mercersburg Academy and Allegheny College.
Following his graduation from Allegheny College, Jim served as an officer in the U.S. Navy where he met his wife Marge, also an officer in the U.S. Navy, while stationed in Philadelphia, Pa., as recruiters during the Vietnam war. Upon leaving the U.S. Navy, Jim attended and received his law degree from Widener University. He practiced family law with his brother, Bob, for 30 years.
In his 60s, Jim was surprised to be called by God to the ministry, and served as a pastor for Smithton, Banning and Madison United Methodist churches. . He was received as an associate clergy member of the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church.
After the death of his beloved wife Marge in 2011, Jim relocated to St. Johns, Florida to be close to his loving and only daughter, Jane Kutz Immel.
In addition to his parents and wife, Jim was preceded in death by his brother Robert H. Kutz, and aunt Laura Kutz McMaines.
He is survived by his daughter and best friend Jane Kutz Immel, who is devastated by his passing, but comforted by his place in the kingdom of our Lord. He is also survived by his brother, who he loved as a son, William C. Kutz (Linda) of Brookville, Pa.; two half-brothers, Harvey and John Kutz and their families; sister-in-law, Carolyn Kutz of Greensburg, Pa.; nephew, David Kutz (Wendy) also of Greensburg, Pa.; nephew, Bob Kutz (Ann) of Pittsburgh, Pa.; grand nieces and nephews, Max Kutz, Katie Kutz, Madison Kutz, and Connor Kutz.
He is also survived by his dear friend and companion, Harriett Minnigh of Lake Chautauqua, N.Y. and her son, daughter and grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at River of Life United Methodist Church, 2600 Racetrack Road, St. Johns, FL 32259.