Robert Lee “Bob” Utt, 75, of Elkhart, passed away Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago. Bob was born on September 2, 1943 in South Bend to the late Howard Eldon and Ernestine (Wiley) Utt.
He married Betty L. Cavender on January 25, 1981, Betty survives, as well as six children, Michelle R. (Doug) Smith, Duwana (Randy) Bivens, Heath R. Utt, Renea (Ron) Covington, Larry Jackson (Amy) Hayes and Edward Clay (Tracy) Hayes; 12 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren; also surviving are three sisters Jeanette (Ray) Ryans, Ruth Gay and Mary (Richard) Spencer.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Howard and Walter Utt and sister Sharon Lawson.
Bob formerly worked at Bendix Corporation was a member of the Carpenters Union Local 413 in South Bend for 10 years. He was self-employed in construction, specializing in remodeling. Bob loved the outdoors, and family was everything to him, cooking, gardening and fishing, were just a few of the things he enjoyed. He was really just a big kid at heart, and liked to tease and irritate his grandchildren, he was the tickle machine. Bob was a member of DAV #19 and proud of his service to his country and served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1962 until his honorable discharge in 1966.
Visitation for Bob will be 6-8 pm Tuesday, August 27 at Billings Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am. with visitation 1 hour prior, Wednesday, August 28, at Billings. Pastor Tony Brinson will officiate. Burial with military honors by the Elkhart Marine Corp League Detachment #1397 and U.S. Marine Corp Funeral Honor Guard will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be made online at the Billings Funeral Home Website.
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