George Shutes, 91

Decorated WWII veteran, former president of Rotary

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George M. Shutes, 91, of St. Charles, formerly a longtime resident of River Forest, died on Nov. 1, 2012. Born on Nov. 30, 1920 in Oakland, Calif., to Milton and Helen McKillip Shutes, he was raised in Piedmont, Calif., and joined the Air Force after his college years at the University of California Berkley and Davis campuses. He enlisted in Air Corps Pre-flight in Santa Ana, Primary in Hemet, and Bombardier training in Victorville. Mr. Shutes completed over 35 missions successfully without injury, with the 569th Squadron, 390th Bomb Group, U.S. Army Air Force, which he served as bombardier. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters. He was honorably discharged in 1958, as a captain in the Air Force Reserve. His airline career spanned 30 years, beginning with the Flying Tigers after WWII, then with American and Eastern airlines, where he was vice president of cargo.

Not ready for full retirement, he joined his good friend, George Waterman, at Waterman Co. in River Forest. During that time he joined the Oak Park-River Forest Rotary Club, which he served as president from 1998-1999. In 2001, he relocated to St. Charles and joined its Rotary Club.

Mr. Shutes is remembered by friends and colleagues for his wit, honesty, great golf scores, and being an all-around good guy.

George Shutes is survived by his wife, Suzanne; his daughters, Lynne Muller and Carolyn Sylos; his grandchildren, Suzanne Gardner, Cari Fagan, Kimberly Kraft, Mary Anne Sylos and John Sylos; his great-grandchildren, Grant and Jack Gardner and Mia, Zoe and Max Kraft; his sister, Marilyn (the late John) Glover; and his nephews, Hank and Jeff Glover.

A memorial visitation will be held on Nov. 8 from 4 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St. in Oak Park. Private inurnment will be held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Rotary Foundation (rotary.org) are appreciated.

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