Gene 'Rusty' Schutte and Mayron 'Hap' Schutte

Posted: Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Former Juneau resident Gene "Rusty" Schutte died March 13, 2004, in Coos Bay, Ore., and was followed in death by Mayron "Hap" Schutte on June 22, 2004, in Walla Walla, Wash.

Hap and Rusty were born in Fergus Falls, Minn. They married in Kalispell, Mont., in 1946 after Hap served with the Merchant Marines in World War II, and they soon thereafter relocated to Oregon.

In 1958, the Schutte family first moved to Sitka, where Hap worked on the construction of the Sitka pulp mill. In Juneau, Hap worked in supervision on many commercial and residential construction projects, including the Breakwater Inn, the Prospector Hotel, and the conversion of the Alaska-Juneau gold mine shafts into water storage facilities for the city. Hap was a long-standing member of Carpenters Local 2247 and periodically taught apprentice classes. Rusty worked as a contracting officer in the civil engineering section of the Coast Guard.

They spent countless hours boating with their family in the Juneau area, and Hap especially enjoyed yearly hunting trips in Southeast Alaska with family and friends, the family said. In 1981, they moved to Anchorage, where Hap worked on several construction projects in Anchorage and in Barrow.

They retired to Coos Bay, Ore., where they enjoyed gardening, fishing, visits from their children and grandchildren, and they made several return visits to Alaska, their family said.

They were preceded in death by their son, David, as well as their parents and several brothers and sisters.

They are survived by their daughter, Diane (Curt) Dawley of Walla Walla, Wash.; son, Steve (Kathy) Schutte of Juneau; daughter, Bonnie (Steve) Harms of Morgan Hill, Calif.; niece Melissa (Dave) O'Connell of Othello, Wash.; grandsons, David and Bill Dawley of Anchorage and Gage (Jen) Schutte of Fairbanks; granddaughters, Hilary and Heather Harms of Morgan Hill and Erin Schutte of Anchorage; and great-grandson, Alex Schutte of Fairbanks.

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