Joe Charles Putrich

Joe Charles Putrich, 79, of WeeMaTuk, passed away into eternal life in heaven at 3:15 AM on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born on November 27, 1937 in Canton, the son of Fabian “Dobby” and Lois (Lightle) Putrich. He married the love of his life, Elaine Howard, on July 5, 1959, at the First Christian Church in Canton. She survives.

Also surviving are his three children, JoEllen (Charlie) Albertson of Warsaw, Indiana; Ty (Gina Szpak) Putrich of Vicksburg, Michigan; Tad (Barb) Putrich of Canton; seven grandchildren, Amy (Fritz) VanStraten, Cory and Chelsy Albertson, Lauren and Chase Putrich, and Matt and Megan Putrich; two great-grandchildren, Keegan Geurts and Drake VanStraten.  Also surviving is one sister, Shirley Young of Canton.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Kenneth Sherman, and stepmother Evelyn Putrich.

He worked at International Harvester (Navistar) in Canton, IL, Memphis, TN, and Waukesha, WI for over 38 years before retiring, and was currently working for Buell’s Marine in Canton. Joe graduated from Lewistown High School in 1956, and was a member of South Park United Methodist Church in Canton, where he was actively involved.  He was a former Putman Township trustee and supervisor. Joe also enjoyed supporting his children and grandchildren at their school, extracurricular, and sporting activities, and was a member of the Canton Booster Club. Joe enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, and being a Green Bay Packers’ fan.  Most importantly, Joe loved being with his family and friends and enjoying life.

Joe served as a Corporal in the United States Army reserves.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, where visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Rev. Rick Atchley will officiate. Burial will be at Hyatt Cemetery in WeeMaTuk, where military honors will be conducted. Memorials can be made to South Park United Methodist Church, or to Painesdale Mine & Shaft, Inc., Painesdale, MI for the preservation of the Champion Mine #4 where his grandfather worked after coming to America from Croatia.  To leave online condolences or to view Joe’s DVD, please visit

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25 Responses to Joe Charles Putrich

  1. Mary Franchetto says:

    Elaine and family. I am so sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time. Mary (Frazier) Franchetto

  2. Linda Cotten says:

    Elaine and Family,
    Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your pain and loss at this time.
    You have been life long sweethearts and I hope that provides comfort. We know that no one will miss Joe more than you and your family.
    Prayers for your strength and peace during your journey of adjustment. Please know how much we have appreciated your keeping us in the loop with John’s Canton High School class.
    With much love to you and yours,
    Linda and John Graham
    New Bern, NC.

    • Dale St. Clair says:

      Elaine:there are no words to express my sorrow for your loss of Joe,may the Lord
      bless and keep you.

  3. Bernita Hammond-Trigg says:

    So sorry for your loss. May your precious memories and knowing that he is now in a wonderful place sustain you at this difficult time.

    My sincere sympathy.

    Bernita Hammond-Trigg

  4. Diana Fox says:

    Elaine, our family is so sorry to hear this. We will pray for your family’s comfort in this trying time. Love you with all our hearts, The Baumbachs

  5. Sharlee Utsinger says:

    Elaine, there just aren’t any words for what you & the kids are going through right now. My heart aches for all of you. Sharlee

  6. Jeane and Art Ossman says:

    Elaine and family —Art and I are so sorry for your loss. Your thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Trina Johnson says:

    So very sorry for you loss. I have been and will continue to pray for your entire family. Love to all.

  8. Bernita Hammond-Trigg says:

    Putrich family & friends. Thinking of you at this difficult time. May your precious memories bring you comfort. Prayers and hugs to all.

    Bernita Hammond-Trigg

  9. Janice Emmons says:

    Elaine and Family: I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He positively impacted the lives of many people and he will be greatly missed. May the Lord comfort you and minister to you during this difficult time.

  10. Janet Gregorich says:

    Dear Elaine and family: My name is Janet Gregorich, I am on the board of the Painesdale Mine and Shaft. I met you and Joe when we hosted the 1913-1914 event in Painesdae, Michigan. I enjoyed meeting you both at that event. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. My God be with all of you, and rest in peace Joe.

  11. Janet Gregorich says:

    Dear Elaine and family: My name is Janet Gregorich and on the board of the Painesdale Mine and Shaft in Painesdale, Michigan. I met you and Joe when you came to Painesdale for our 1913-1914 event. It was a pleasure to have met you both at the event. I am so very sorry for you loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May you rest in peace Joe.

  12. Janet Gregorich says:

    DearElaine and family: My name I Janet Gregorich and a board member of the Painesdale Mine and Shaft in Painesdale, MI. I met you and Joe during our 1913-1914 event we held. It was a pleasure to have met you both. I am so sorry for your loss and know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God be with all of you. Rest in peace Joe.

  13. Max & Lucille Latimer says:

    We pray for you Elaine and all of your families. We pray that your happy memories give you peace, comfort, and pride in all of your tomorrows. It has always been obvious that Joe was a truly dedicated and loving family man of faith. We were beneficiaries of Joe’s extreme generosity many times. Joe has left footprints on our hearts that we will carry the rest of our days. “Angels are always near to those who grieve, to whisper to them that their loved one is in the arms of God.”

  14. Amber Dornon says:

    Elaine: John and I are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts are with you and your family. Please know that I am keeping all of you in my prayers. Amber Dornon

  15. Jim and Karen Bowlkng says:

    We extend our condolences to the family of Joe Putrich. Jo Albertson, and husband Charlie, are our friends in our motorcycle chapter of the CMA. I know that Joe will love the greens and fairways as he golfs in heaven and catches fish every time he is fishing in the ponds there. We also appreciate Joe’s military service and are thankful for men and women who serve our country in the service. Blessings to your families.

  16. Dan & Diann Schwab says:

    Jo & Charley, our prayers & love go out to you & your family during this difficult time! May God keep His hands on you, give you peace & strength during this journey! We love you both!! Dan & Diann Schwab

  17. Randy, Sherri, David, Darron, and Danel Delost says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Please know that we are all here for any of your needs. We are sending our Love, Hugs, and Prayers.
    The Delost’s…Randy, Sherri, David, Darron, and Danel

  18. Aj & Angela Himes and Kristina & Michael says:

    Jo, Charlie and families
    Our deepest sympathy to you all during this difficult time in the loss of Joe. May God wrap you in His Precious arm & comfort you guys.
    Love & prayers

  19. Rich and Bridget Pletz says:

    When I heard of your loss I was greatly saddened. I have walked in your shoes and have spent time reflecting on the loss of some of our loved ones. I have learned that no matter what happens in your life be thankful that you were allowed the time you had with your loved ones. You will always have the memories in your head and the love in your heart that will last a lifetime. Always know you and your family are loved by many and the day will hopefully come that you and your family will look at a sun rise and know it is another day and smile for you know your lost one is with you.

  20. Suzanne VanHootegem Thompson says:

    Elaine and family
    So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I just viewed the pictorial tribute to Joe. So many beautiful pictures and memories. So hard to lose a loved one. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. Briana Kessler says:

    Charlie, Jo, Elaine and the rest of your family,
    Terry and I are so sorry for your loss. I know Joe will be greatly missed by you all. Please take comfort in knowing that you will again get to see him one day. Also take comfort in knowing that there is great rejoicing in heaven upon his arrival. Terry and I are praying for peace and comfort for your entire family. Please know we are a phone call away if you need anything.
    Terry and Briana Kessler

  22. Katrina Hamilton says:

    Elaine, Tad, and all the family – So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. We know you will find comfort and peace in the happy memories of good times together.
    Katrina and Mike Hamilton

  23. Lou and Vicki Brown says:

    Jo Ellen, Charlie and all the Putrich family. Our deepest condolences on your father’s passing. Our prayers are with you and the family and know that your relationship with God the father will help you through this loss. In Christ’s everlasting love,
    Lou and Vicki Brown

  24. Joyce (Phillips) Molinari says:

    Elaine, I was so sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. I watched the video tribute and saw how wonderfully happy you were with each other and your family. What a blessed life! I truly believe that God is watching over you and your family, and Joe is resting in the arms of our Lord and King.
    Joyce (Phillips) Molinari

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