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Joseph Gerard Duttlinger

Joseph Gerard Duttlinger went to be with Jesus on April 12, 2020 while working in Florida.

Joe was born November 22, 1955 to Charles and Agnes (nee: Jachim) Duttlinger.  In 1974 Joe graduated from Kouts High School. On July 24, 1976 Joe married the love of his life Donna (nee Hathaway) Duttlinger in Kouts, IN.  Joe and Donna were lifelong residents of Kouts, IN, raising both of their children there. Joe was a hard worker and known around town as Joe Dutt.  He was a lifelong truck driver hauling all types of freight from livestock to produce and everything in between.  Joe’s pride and joy was his family and granddaughters.  Papa Joe, Joe loved sitting around the fire roasting hotdogs and making s’mores with his grand-girls.  Joe was a blessing to so many.  Joe was a man of faith and was a member of New Hope Missionary Church.  He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge 502 in Hebron, he retired from the Kouts Volunteer Fire Department after 30 years of service and was a member of The Sons of the American Legion Post 301 in Kouts.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Frank and Richard, sister, Marge Volante and his in-laws, Bill and Norma Hathaway.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Donna, daughter Stephany (Jeff) Lockett and son Jacob (Kelli) Duttlinger and honorary daughter Heather Loop along with his precious granddaughters Kayla and Kourtney Lockett and Peyton and Makenzie Duttlinger. Also surviving are his sisters: Marilyn (Tom) Hartman, Delores (Bob) Dixon, Donna (Jim) Kearney, Loret (Doug) Kosloske, and brothers: John (Cathe) Duttlinger and Dan (Lori) Duttlinger , sister- in laws: Linda Duttlinger, Gail (Matt) Batey, and brother-in-laws: Chuck Volante and Denny (Julie) Hathaway along with numerous nieces and nephews, who he held dear.

At this time a family graveside service in Kouts will be held on April 25th at 3:00 p.m. at Graceland Cemetery, Kouts, Indiana. A celebration of Joe’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Porter County 4-H Council. The family will make the donation to the Porter County Swine Barn. They may be sent to P.O. Box 372, Kouts, IN 46347 or dropped at 1st Source Bank attention Kouts Office.

Boersma Funeral Home of Wheatfield is handling all arrangements.

Special thanks to the family for writing this obituary.


Dear Donna, Stephany, Jacob, Grandkids, and brothers and sisters.
Kasey and I were very saddened to hear that cousin Joe had passed. In early February, Kasey and I, and Joe's sister Marilyn and husband Tom were able to meet Joe at an Amish restaurant in Sarasota. After finding a place to park his truck we all enjoyed a relaxing dinner. Joe talked about the orange-hauling business and also a little politics, but mostly he talked about his family. It was obvious he missed them very much. Earlier in December I talked to Joe on the phone. He was already in Florida hauling oranges but said he was looking forward to returning to Indiana for the Christmas holidays. He mentioned that he always tried to take his daughter Stephany out Christmas shopping. I could tell that meant a lot to him. We are so glad we had that recent chance to spend time with Joe and will value that memory of him.
Joe was the kind of person you always enjoyed being around. As the song says he was a simple kind of man - hardworking, family-loving, and with a strong faith in God. We will miss him very much.
Chuck and Kasey Jachim

Chuck Jachim Apr 16 2020 12:00 AM

Donna, Steph,Jake & family I have been thinking of all of you since hearing of Joes passing. He certainly was a great & generous person. I know your faith will help you through this. Just know the old gang on Sunset Drive is sending you all love &prayers.

Sue, Dustin& Lyndsey Apr 16 2020 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences to Donna and family.
I knew Joe since the 6th grade, and we had a lot in common.
I made a run with Joe once during drying season while he has hauling gas. He had been running hard and wanted me to drive so he could get some rest. I've never forgotten that.
I know he will be missed here on earth, but i believe that we will see him again in Heaven.

Ron Egli Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

What a loss for those that knew and loved Joe. He was a kind and gentle man and he will be missed. Love to Donna, Steph and Jake and all of their family.

Bev Welter Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

We share many memories with Joe and Donna especially from church and fire department days. We officiated at many events in the lives of the family and extended family. Officiating Joe and Donna's wedding just one year after our own marriage was a great privilege. Joe will be missed but surely remembered by all. Kingery and Laura Clingenpeel.

Kingery and Laura Clingenpeel Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

Joe always had a smile for everyone he saw, he will be missed. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to Donna, his children and all the family!

Karen and Vern Nuest Apr 15 2020 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of Joes passing. He was such a nice man, and will be greatly missed by the families in the 4-H Swine Project. You are all in our thoughts and prayers now and in the days to come.
The Hawkins Family

Nancy Hawkins Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

Doona and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. May God wrap His loving arms around you and give you Peace during this difficult time.
Barb Steffel

Barb Steffel Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear about your loss of Joe. He was a great guy to know. It was always good spend some time with him. Good family man.

Patrick Cowger Apr 14 2020 12:00 AM