By Paul Schmitt
The Sturgeon Bay area youth sports community lost a legendary coach and contributor this past week. John “Hoot” Utnehmer, 77, passed away on Wednesday evening at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King where he had been living in recent years. “Hoot” coached youth basketball, football, and baseball for over 40 years in the Sturgeon Bay area. Mike Taylor of Bismarck, North Dakota who coached with and had three sons play for Utnehmer when he lived in Sturgeon Bay, says “Hoot” taught children life-long skills beyond the court or field.
According to the obituary, those attending Hoot’s funeral services are invited to wear their favorite sports jersey in honor of his dedication to the community through coaching over the years. Services including Military Honors by the United States Marine Corps are planned for next Friday in Sturgeon Bay at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. You can find details and the complete obituary for John “Hoot” Utnehmer below.
John Joseph Utnehmer, “Hoot” to all who knew him, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord, late Wednesday evening, January 3, 2018 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King where he had been living in recent years. He was 77.
Hoot’s life will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. Military Honors by the United States Marine Corps and the Marine Corps League Door Peninsula Detachment 1130 will follow at the church. He will laid to rest near family in Queen of Peace Cemetery in Antigo.
Visitation for family and friends will held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Friday afternoon, January 12, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. until 3:50 p.m.
THOSE PLANNING ON ATTENDING SERVICES FOR HOOT ARE INVITED TO WEAR THEIR FAVORITE SPORTS JERSEY IN HONOR OF HIS DEDICATION TO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH COACHING OVER THE YEARS.
A complete life story will be published in the near future.
Huehns Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sturgeon Bay is caring for Hoot and his family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of “Hoot” may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.