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.