FRANKLIN - John Kutzuba, 68, of Franklin and Stuart, Florida, passed away on July 3, 2017.
John was born in Utica, New York on June 3, 1949, the oldest son of the late Sophie and John L. Kutzuba.
He was raised in a loving home, attended local schools in Utica and went on to graduate from Syracuse University, earning a degree in marketing/business administration.
After graduating from college John moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He worked as a sales rep for Orkin, then landed a vice president position at Shopping Center Network in Miami. After a few years in the hectic corporate world John decided to apply his skills in a new industry as a sales rep for the Florida Lottery. He had finally found himself and worked for the State of Florida until his retirement in 2011. Stuart, Florida, known as the Happiest Seaside Town, was his favorite place to live and work.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Patricia Gilmore Kutzuba; son Robert A. Stewart and wife Cherie Stewart; and son Kevin P. Stewart. The sons gave John the precious gift of grandchildren, which completed his life. Grandchildren include Erin Elizabeth Stewart, Ryan Jordan Stewart, Kyle Martin Stewart, Ryder Lee Stewart, McKenzie Stewart, Jason R. Freeman, Tucker Freeman, Emma Louise Sylvester and Malayna Sylvester. Survivors also include sister Linda Sears and brother Gregory Sears; their families; many nieces and nephews; Patricia’s family; and many very special friends.
John spent his retirement years traveling to Franklin. He enjoyed playing senior softball with the Macon County Old Bones and with a winter team in Jensen Beach, Florida. He played golf with his relatives and friends. His favorite event was the Yearly Brother-in-law tournament. John also spent time volunteering hours with his wife at the Rickman Store in Cowee and the Hobe Sound Nature Center in Hobe Sound, Florida.
A funeral memorial service was held on Wed. July 12 at St. John’s Episcopal Church with Rev. Carl Southerland officiating. A reception followed in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 542 St. John’s Church Road, Franklin, N.C. 28734