COLUMBIA CITY ---- Morris Edward Scutt, 92, of Columbia City, passed away at 10:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2005 surrounded by his family at home.
Born June 20, 1912 in Evansville, he was the son of George A and Clara Anna (Blick) Scutt. On Aug. 7, 1946, he married Betty K. Eaton at Corydon. They have been married for 58 years.
His family lived for several years in Mattoon, Ill., and then in Solsberry, where he graduated from high school in 1931. After his high school years, he played clarinet in the popular Harry Crigler Band in Bloomington before moving to Evansville.
He was ordained in both the Church of the Nazarene and Baptist denominations, and accepted pastorates in several Indiana cities including Princeton, Evansville, Corydon, Columbus, Mackey, Spencer, Connersville, and Columbia City. After his retirement, Pastor Scutt presided at numerous weddings in the Whitley County area.
He loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed being near the lakes and ocean. When no longer able to enjoy his passion for fishing, grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought great happiness by recounting their own fishing and hunting expeditions.
He was an avid reader, and was most interested in world history and biblical research. He was a member of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America. He built, repaired, and collected clocks and watches and was a member of the National Watch and Clock Maker's Association.
Survivors include: his wife Betty K. Scutt of Columbia City; two sons, Rev. Morris "Bud" Vernon and his wife Cledah (O'Brien) Scutt of Bloomington, and Paul J. and his wife Carol (Davis) Scutt of S. Lebanon, Ohio; four daughters, Rebecca A. Ball of Columbia City, Rachel E. and her husband J. Richard Presser of Fort Wayne, Leah S. and her husband Rev. Ronald Wigand of Caro, Mich., and Marcia E. and her husband Duane DuCharme of Columbia City; 25 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; one brother Marion Scutt of Bloomington; and two sisters, Virginia and her husband Ivan Davis and Betty and her husband Harold VanOsdol, all of Bloomington.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, George and Russel Scutt.
Funeral service was Friday, May 13 at Columbia City Church of the Nazarene, with Reverend Ronald Wigand, son-in-law, officiating. Burial was at Nolt Cemetery, Columbia City.
Visitation was Thursday, May 12, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Memorial bequests may be given in Mr. Scutt's memory to Heartland Hospice or Caro First Baptist Church Building Fund, 1535 West Gilford Road, Caro, Mich., 48723. To light a memorial candle in Mr. Scutt's memory, please visit www.demoneygrimes.com