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.
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