John Thomas Kutney, Sr.

November 30, -0001 - August 21, 2012

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KUTNEY, John Thomas, Sr. Loving husband of Regina Mary Kutney (nee Riebe) for 64 years. Beloved father of Nancy (Don) Buxton of Greenwood, IN, John Thomas “Jack” (Sharon) Kutney, Jr., of Wyoming, OH, James D. “Jim” (Carrie) Kutney of Atlanta, GA, David M. (Miriam) Kutney of West Chester, OH, Mark S. Kutney of Charlottesville, VA, and Judith Mary Kutney of San Francisco, CA. Grandfather of Jennifer, John E., Andrew J., John Thomas III, Thomas, Emily, Julia, Susanna, Sarah, Christopher and Daniel. Also survived by 3 great-grandchildren. Brother of the late Margaret Savage. John graduated from Penn State University, was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force during WW II and was an aeronautical engineer at GE. Passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2012, age 87. A memorial Mass is planned for Saturday, September 15, 2012, 11 a.m. at St. James of the Valley Church, Wyoming. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the University of Cincinnati Medical School. “Lessons learned at my father’s side: Be Victorious. Exercise Love. Practice Gratitude. Know Peace. Let true Joy be your guide in life. Store compassion up your sleeve. And, above all else, Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself.”


Matt Riebe - Sep 8, 2012

I also would like to offer my condolences to Aunt Jeannie and all my cousins.

I too remember Uncle John’s many visits to our house. I remember on one visit around Christmas, all my sisters were excited about a new song called ” The Little Drummer Boy.” So Uncle John went out and bought an entire album of Christmas songs including “The Little Drummer Boy.”

On another visit, I remember sitting in his COOL rental car with my older brother Mike. I sat in the back and thought I was sitting in the “bucket” seats. My brother laughed and said that he was in the “bucket” seat. I was just in the back seat.

Mary Ann - Sep 5, 2012

Aunt Jeanne and all my cousins,
Being younger than all my siblings, I don’t remember those drop-in visits by Uncle John. I’d say my memories start with your family trip to Hatteras that I was so kindly invited to barge in on. From then on, I remember always being greeting with a smile and his “Hello Mary Jane.” All of you are in my thoughts and I wish we were geographical closer, so that I could be there to give you a big hug.

Barbara Riebe - Sep 5, 2012

Like many of my siblings I remember Uncle John’s surprise visits at the house in Newport News. The visits were always so exciting to me. I remember his smile.

I also remember visiting Cincinnati when I was young and Uncle John took us to play miniature golf. That was so special as I had never been to such a place before.

Jeanne and cousins, I do feel your loss as my own Dad’s passing, your Uncle John, is still so fresh in my heart.

Karen and Tom Boyle - Sep 5, 2012

I was so sorry to hear about Uncle John’s death. He was a frequent visitor at our house when he did work for NASA. I was always excited to see him and chat.
My love and prayers to Aunt Regina and the rest of the family

Greg and Delia Riebe - Sep 4, 2012

Fond memories of my Uncle. I remember his smile and how he would pop in at the house just to say “Hi” as he was on his way home from a visit to NASA in Hampton, Va. One thing I remember him telling me, “Never to think of myself as better than anyone else”. I think that is a fine idea to live by.

Diana Riebe Arthur - Sep 4, 2012

Uncle John would pop in for a visit with my family during the 50’s and 60’s when he was on a business trip to NACA/NASA in Hampton, Va. We were always so glad to see him as we did not have any close relatives living in the area. He was never able to stay long, maybe an hour or so, but it would be such a surprise when he showed up.

He will be missed by many.

Geralyn and Roger Nelson - Sep 4, 2012

I just received the news of Uncle John’s passing and I am so sorry for your heartache. I will always remember Uncle John as a very fun loving uncle and remember his surprise visits to our home in Newport News when he was visiting for business. We had some fun times in Lansford Pa. while visiting our grandparents there, and also a fun trip to Cicncinati. I especially remember the visit at Lake Gaston for Grandma and Grandpa’s wedding anniversary. It was so nice to see all our cousins and meet many of their children!

I really wished we all lived closer so we could have come to know our Aunt Jeannie and Uncle John and all our great cousins better! My prayers are with you aal,especially Aunt Jeannie who obviously lost the love of her life!

Kim White - Aug 26, 2012

So thankful to have had the opportunity to work with this kind man. May God grant you peace in your loss of this husband and father. I am praying for you all.

Carol and Len Stallo - Aug 26, 2012

Dave Mariam Sarah and Kevin,
We are sorry and offer you our prayers. Dave- you have lived by your fathers lessons be proud.

Caro and Len Stallo