It is with much sadness that The Baltimore City Retired Fire Officers and Fire Fighters Association announces the passing of Lieutenant Kenneth L. Schutz, Engine 56
Fire Department Service, 38 Years, 5 Months, 24Days
On Retirement, 32 Years, 6 Months, 30 Days
Retirees Association Member, 32 Years, 6 Months, 5 Days
Age, 95 Years, 6 Months, 6 Days
Date of Passing, August 17, 2018
Rest in Peace, Ken
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Kenneth LeRoy Schutz
January 12, 1923 – August 17, 2018
Kenneth LeRoy Schutz, 95, of Baltimore, Maryland, the beloved husband of the late Joan M Schutz (nee Crook) passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018 at Good Samaritan Hospital after a brief illness.
Ken was born January 12, 1923 in Baltimore and, along with his five older siblings, was raised by his mother, Laura Frances Schutz (nee Callendar). As a child he enjoyed sports but his dream of playing professional baseball was short lived as the local newspaper listed him as a good fielder but a light hitter.
Ken worked at the Baltimore Sun and Glenn L. Martin Aerospace before joining the US Army on March 31, 1943. He was a decorated WWII veteran who served in Battery C of the 557thAAA AW Battalion as an anti-aircraft gunner. The 557thfought in four major European campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge. He also served as a military police officer on the Queen Mary as he traveled to and from Europe.
Ken joined the Baltimore City Fire Department in 1947 and worked at Truck 16, Rescue 1, and Engine 56 before his retirement as lieutenant in 1986. After retiring from the fire department Ken continued working in the office of a local real estate developer for 13 years and kept active gardening in his backyard.
Ken married his wife Joan in 1954 and was dearly devoted to her for 60 years until her passing in 2014. Ken is survived by their three sons, Kenneth J. and spouse Craig Thatcher of Phoenix, AZ, David B. of Baltimore, MD, and Jeffrey R. and his wife Jo-Ellen M. of Glastonbury; three granddaughters Stephanie, Jennifer and Gracie; and three nieces Evelyn, Helen and Harriett.
A private service will be held on Thursday, August 23.