Harold Robert Shutt, passed away peacefully at his home in Temple City, California on November 4, 2023 with his loving wife, Lorene, by his side. Born on March 31, 1933, Harold lived a remarkable life filled with love, laughter, and meaningful connections.
Known affectionately as Buzz to those close to him, he had a larger-than-life personality. He had a mischievous sense of humor and loved to tease those around him. Buzz always wore a warm smile on his face and found joy in spreading laughter wherever he went.
One of Buzz's proudest accomplishments was his marriage to Lorene Margaret Hennan on February 28, 1962. They shared a beautiful journey together for over six decades, building a strong foundation for their family and creating countless cherished memories.
Buzz had an adventurous spirit and embraced various hobbies and interests throughout his life. He found great pleasure in riding motorcycles whenever the opportunity arose. Family camping trips to Lake Powell, the High Sierras, and Harper Dry Lake were occasions filled with joy and connection for Buzz. He also had a passion for building and flying RC airplanes and cars. Additionally, he enjoyed fishing, shooting, hunting, loading shells—a testament to his resourcefulness—and spent many contented hours working in the shop at the back of his house during his post-retirement years.
In service to his country, Buzz entered the Air Force on March 11, 1952. He received an honorable discharge on March 10, 1956. His training took place at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. While initially meant to be deployed to the Korean War, due to complications with his medical records, Buzz found himself serving as a cook at Hickam AFB in Oahu. His commitment to serving his country was commendable, and his dedication extended from military duty to the community he called home.
Buzz dedicated over 40 years of his career as a plumber and welder at the California Institute of Technology. His dedication and hard work contributed significantly to the smooth functioning of the institution. Buzz's commitment to his profession was unparalleled, and he took pride in his work.
As a long-time member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Buzz served in various volunteer positions. One of his favorite positions was that of youth leader. In this capacity, he acted as a mentor and friend to many young men that continue to remember him fondly.
Buzz's genuine character and warm heart endeared him to all who knew him. He firmly believed in the power of family and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His legacy lives on through his loving wife, Lorene, and their children: Timothy and Teresa; and children from his prior marriage to Delores Brown: Cynthia and Daniel.
The loss of Buzz is deeply felt by his surviving family members: Lorene, Tim and Ronda (Rask) and their children Kimberly; Timothy, who is married to Jessika (Bell), along with their children Eli Buzz and Sadie Jo; Rebecca, married to Kyle Nielsen, and their three children Luella, Greysen, and Maeve; Teresa and David Hokanson and their children David, married to Crystal (Favela) with their children Salem and Nola; Michelle; Christie married to Gregory Peterson with their sons Cooper and Cole; Cynthia and her husband Steve McGonigal, along with their daughters Corrine and Dana.
Buzz was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Lillian (Roberts) Shutt, his son Thomas, his sister Evelyn and her husband Raymond Metz, and their two children, Raymond and Kathleen.
Buzz's life will forever be remembered for the love he shared, the laughter he brought, and the lasting impact he made on all who had the pleasure of knowing him. The memories created and the lessons learned from Buzz's remarkable journey will forever be cherished. Buzz will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched.
A Funeral Service with Military Honors will be held in celebration of Buzz's life on December 1, 2023, at Riverside National Cemetery in March Air Reserve Base, California. The service will begin at 1:00 and conclude at 2:00 pm. The cemetery is located at 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, March Air Reserve Base, CA 92518.
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