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Leonard Ward Koutz

May 25, 1928 April 26, 2018
Leonard Ward Koutz
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Obituary for Leonard Ward Koutz

Edmore- Leonard Ward Koutz, age 89, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Leonard was born May 25, 1928 in Seville Township, Gratiot County, the son of Edmun Frank and Edna Sarah (Steel) Koutz. He was raised in Forest Hill, Gratiot County where he attended school until 9th grade. He married his wife Ida Grace Ayris on November 25, 1949 in Shepard at the home of Rev. Bell. On March 1, 1961, he moved to Stanton where he purchased his dairy farm. He was a lifelong farmer who refused to retire. Leonard had a zest for life and worked tirelessly to grow the Koutz family farm. He enjoyed farming, model trains, and received great pleasure from picking up lunch tabs for random strangers. He was also a supporter of 4H programs for Gratiot, Ionia, and Montcalm Counties. He was a member of the MMPA since 1961 and attended Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Stanton.
Leonard will be missed by his wife Ida, of 68 years; his children Edmun (Julie) Koutz of Lakeview, Peggy (Loren) Krantz of Stanton, Nancy (Robert) Lohrer of Orleans, Sandra (Mike) Weston of Eaton Rapids, Karen (William) Brandt of Woodbury, Susan (Kevin) Willemstein of Gowen, Martin Koutz of Stanton, and Steven (Sandra) Koutz of Stanton; one sister-in-law Joyce; 27 grandchildren and 52 great-grandchildren.
Leonard will be welcomed by his sister, Eva Smith, sister and brother-in-law Doris (Eugene) Schmelzer; six brothers and 3 sister-in-laws, Orville, Roland (Lucille), Gerald, Merlene (Joyce), Gaylon (Barb), and Joseph; and grandson, Gerald Roberts.
Services will be held at the Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Stanton on Monday April 30, 2018 at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends on Sunday April 29, 2018 at Brigham Funeral Chapel in Edmore from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The family requests no flowers or plants, instead Memorial Contributions can be made to Ida Koutz. A Luncheon will be immediately following the service at the church.


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Visitation

Sunday

29

Apr

3:00 PM 4/29/2018 3:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 4/29/2018 5:00:00 PM
Brigham Funeral Chapel

413 Gilson Street
Edmore, Michigan 48829

Brigham Funeral Chapel
413 Gilson Street Edmore 48829 Michigan
United States

Service

Monday

30

Apr

11:00 AM 4/30/2018 11:00:00 AM
Trinity Evangelical Free Church

415 N. Mill Street
Stanton, Michigan 48888

Trinity Evangelical Free Church
415 N. Mill Street Stanton 48888 Michigan
United States
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