Stan Utecht, of Mora, died on Monday, October 17, 2011 at Abbot Northwest Hospital.  He was 59 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11 A.M. on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Dean Oelfke officiating.

VISITATION will be on Friday, October 21, 2011 at the Akkeraman-Ingebrand Funeral Home from 5-7  PM.

Stanley Mark Utecht was born at Eitel Hospital, Minneapolis to Roman and Frances (Arnold) Utecht on Dec. 13, 1951.  He grew up in Crystal, Minnesota and was the oldest of five children. He attended St. Rapheal’s Catholic School through 8th grade. He graduated from Cooper High School in Robbinsdale, MN in 1969.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army upon graduation and served until 1972. He was a radar mechanic, stationed in Germany, during the Viet Nam conflict.

Upon returning home he attended North Hennepin Vocational school for Agri-Business.
He married Rebecca (Becky) Hayes on June 21, 1975 in Minneapolis, MN.  The couple moved to Pipestone, Minnesota and Stan attended Pipestone Vocational school where he completed the meat cutting program.

Stan was employed as a meat cutter in Osseo until 1977 when he and Becky moved to Mora and established their family home with the arrival of Alex in 1977 and Matt in 1989. He was very proud of his family.

Stan worked as the meat manager of National Foods until it was purchased by Reichels and became Festival Foods. He worked at various other grocery stores until becoming employed at Coborn’s of Mora in May, 2004.  Stan was well loved, made friends easily, and enjoyed life in the Mora community.

He was a voracious reader and sports fan.  Stan loved the outdoors, camping, fishing, hunting deer, pheasants and waterfowl. He valued these special times with his buddies.

Stan was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in June, 2011. He faced it with determination, optimism, and grace. He will be greatly missed by many.

Stan was preceded in death by his mother, Frances.

He is survived by: his wife, Becky of Mora, and sons, Alex and Matt of St. Louis Park; father, Roman of Crystal; sisters, Sheryl (Tim) Gardner of Wayzata, Ruth (Curt) Simon of Rogers, Judith Utecht of St. Cloud; brother Tom (Cara) Utecht of Rogers; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

16 guestbook entries for STANLEY MARK UTECHT

  1. Alayne Swedeen October 18, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Stan. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Kim Greene October 18, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    I was shocked to hear of Stan’s passing. You and your family have been in my prayers since I saw you at Coborns and you told me about Stan’s cancer. You will continue to be in my prayers as you deal with this great loss. Kim

  3. Deborah Peterson October 18, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    Becky and family, I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Leroy & Mary Bremer October 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    We are so sorry for the loss of your husband. We did not know he was sick. Take care and be strong.

  5. Lynn Reiser October 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    My condolences to you and the boys.

  6. Vern and Vicky Elwood October 18, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    Becky and Family,
    We are so sorry and so saddened to hear about Stan. You will be in our thoughts and our prayers. All our sympathy!
    Vern and Vicky

  7. Debbie Mueller October 19, 2011 at 9:41 am #


    I am saddened to hear about your Father’s passing. Please know that my prayers are with you and your family during this time. And have faith and find peace in the thought that he is painfree and peaceful now.

    Take care,
    Debbie (your colleague at MMF)

  8. Kevin Gilbertson October 19, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    I have worked with Alex at MMF for many years and consider him to be a good friend. I wanted to send him, his mother and the rest of the family my sympathies and prayers during this sad time.

  9. Colleen Ann Canavan October 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    Becky, Alex and Matt,

    The essence of Stan’s being is evident in his love of you and his joy of life and friends. The posted obituary reminds us all of his life – well lived. My hope for you is to be able to find some measure of comfort in your memories of your husband and father. Peace, love and hugs.

  10. Gail Lange October 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    Becky and family,

    My sincere sympathy to you. Stan was a terrific guy and will be missed by many. I’ll remember your family in my prayers.

  11. Steve Altobell October 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    So sorry to here of cousin Stans passing. My thoughts are with your family.

  12. Shawna Butenhoff October 28, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    We were so sad to hear of Stan’s passing. My mom, Deb La Rocca worked with Stan at Coborn’s in the meat department for many, many years and everytime we went in to see her, Stan was always there with a smile! She misses him so and we will miss his cheery greetings. God has him wrapped in his gentle arms, holding them until it is everyone’s time to be with him again. God Bless!

    Shawna Butenhoff
    Sons: Jayden & Jaymeson

  13. Kim Luzier November 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    So sorry to hear about Stans passing. Thinking of you and your family. Peace to you.

  14. Heather Landin November 2, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Becky, so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

  15. Patricia Keeley November 2, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Dear Becky,

    My husband and I were sad to read about the passing of your husband.
    Our sympathy to you and your family.
    Patricia and Jeff

  16. Caryn and Joe Miller November 2, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    Becky, so very sorry for your loss. We are wishing you peace. Please know we are thinking of you all at this difficult time–Caryn and Joe

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