Victor E. Schutt |

Victor E. Schutt

Born June 8, 1912, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Victor E. Schutt passed on to his blessed Savior Nov. 15, 2013, in Grass Valley, Calif. Vic was 92.

A private service will be at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, where Dad will receive full military honors.

After knowing each other only 15 hours their first date, Vic proposed to Mary, who waited two full years for Vic to return from the war to be married. They were happily married 67 years.

Vic served in WWII as a U.S. Marine sergeant, landing at Yellow Beach, Iwo Jima, the third day of battle. Vic recently shared seeing “the most beautiful church” he’d ever seen on the island. Dug out of lava sand, it was a partial cave that was 5 feet wide, 5 feet long and 3 feet deep, with an altar constructed of shell casings of varying size, some unexploded. A Bible leaned against the front, knee marks in the lava were plentiful, and religious items were scattered about.

Vic is survived by his wife, Mary; three children; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Vic deeply loved little children, his family, baseball (the St. Louis Cardinals) and football (the USC Trojans). He coached Little League for many years and was the West Coast representative of Stanley Tools. Vic traveled extensively and excelled at the game of golf.

His mottos were simple: “Remember who you are” and “Just do it.” We’ll miss you, Victor E.

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