Gerhard Rolf Schuttger
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Gerhard Rolf Schuttger
  • November 6, 1928 - March 20, 2017
  • Dallas, Texas

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Gerhard Rolf Schuttger, 88, went to his Eternal Heavenly home on Monday March 20th.

He leaves his wife of 63 years, Jerene (Alexander) Schuttger; his brother Hans; his son Chris; his daughter Jackie Baker; Grandchildren, Juli Gleason (Schuttger), Rebecca Gaebler (Schuttger), Felicia Baker, Debra Jorden (Schuttger), Laurie Shepherd (Schuttger), Gretchen, Reagan and Heidi Schuttger and six Great Grandchildren; along with cousins in Germany and South Africa; and many many friends.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, the son of Christoph and Meta Schuttger, he was a lifelong resident of Dallas.
In his early years, Mr. Schuttger helped his widowed mother through the depression selling eggs and milk from their family's farm. After graduating High School in 1948, he attended the University of Texas at Arlington studying Drafting and Mechanical Engineering. He was drafted into the Army in 1950 and served 2 years in Korea and occupied Japan as part of a radio unit before being Honorably discharged as a Private First Class in late 1952. He met his wife Jerene Alexander at church before serving in the Army, they were married shortly after his return in 1953 at Urbandale Christian Church.
He worked for Collins Radio in Richardson, Texas before and after they were acquired by Rockwell International. He designed deployments of electronic systems for the Apollo and other space communications programs. He worked directly for Mr. Collins in the deployment of developmental LORAN-C navigation systems for demonstration to Navy Admirals on Mr. Collins private 70' fiberglass boat in California. He retired in 1991.
He spent his children's childhood supporting Boy Scouts (Chris) and Cheerleading (Jackie). He served on the Deacon and Elder boards at Urbandale Christian Church.

Being a Mechanical Engineer and avid tinkerer, he bought and maintained a 1931 Model "A" Ford Roadster and enjoyed participating in parades and taking his grandkids for rides to the "Sand Park" in East Dallas.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 27, 2017 at 10:00am at Grove Hill Funeral Home, and will be followed by Interment at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.

In lieu of flower, the family requests contributions be sent to www.gfa.org. From the middle of their main web page select DONATE. You can check out as a Guest. Put Gift Code FB73-MGS0 in the note field when you check out and your gift will be recognized as in memory of G.R. Schuttger. Thanks !