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(February 27, 1931 – December 1, 2015)

Donald Gerald ?Ç£Jerry?Ç¥ DutcherDonald Gerald ?Ç£Jerry?Ç¥ Dutcher, 84, was called home on December 1, 2015 at MidMichigan Medical Center surrounded by family.Jerry was born February 27, 1931 to the late John and Elizabeth (Lambert) Dutcher. In January 1951 he married Natalie (Holtzman) Dutcher. Natalie passed away in 1984. On June 25, 1988, Jerry and Mary Kate ?Ç£Katie?Ç¥ Williams Wehrly were married.Jerry grew up in Bay Port and graduated from Bay Port High School. As a young man he started working summers at the Bay Port Fish Company. He worked at the Pigeon Progress, the Sebewaing Blade, owned and operated Dutcher Printing and also worked at Sebewaing Industries. Jerry finished his career driving a school bus for the USA Schools. Jerry and Katie retired to their home on Wixom Lake in 2000.Jerry enjoyed duck hunting, fishing, golfing, softball and baseball and passed these passions on to his children and grandchildren. Jerry loved music and played a guitar. He especially enjoyed the ?Ç£Over The Hill Gang?Ç¥ parties held in August each year. One of Jerry?ÇÖs pleasures was a late afternoon cruise on the lake with Katie. Jerry and Katie were both creatures of habit. Along with sunset cruises they also enjoyed trips to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where they would explore small towns and villages like Cedarville, White Fish Point, Grand Marais and Brimley. They loved the quiet serenity of the U.P. where the atmosphere was as quiet as the two of them. Jerry also feared crossing the Big Mac Bridge but managed to do it often. He would often return to his roots, Bay Port, where he enjoyed meeting old friends and family to visit and to reminisce. He constantly longed for a perch dinner from the Bay Port Hotel. He knew almost everyone in this small town and he could have been considered a historian with his interesting stories and tid-bits of information. ?Ç£He was a product of his home town: Bay Port, Michigan.?Ç¥Jerry is survived by his wife, Katie, his children, Jennifer Dutcher, Timothy (Lorraine) Dutcher both of Sebewaing, Rob (Kristine) Dutcher of Unionville, Janet (Jeff) Conzelmann of Grand Rapids and Gretchen (Greg) Lentz of Middleville: grandchildren: Corena, Sofija, Kyle, Kirk, Natalie, Drew, Joel, Kate, Jack and Harley; great grandson Tobias. Jerry is also survived by his two sisters: Jean Guenther of Caro and Sarah (Robert) Sprague of Bay Port. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents John and Lizzie; brothers John Grant Dutcher and Robert J. Dutcher, and his sister June Licht.Jerry was a good husband, father, brother, uncle, grandpa, coach, mentor but most of all he was our best friend and he will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace Jerry, your job here is done!A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 11:00 am from the Hope United Methodist Church, Hope, MI, with Pastor Patrick Poag officiating.Memorials may be made to the Hope United Methodist Church.Smith-Miner Funeral Home is assisting the family. You may leave on-line condolences at smithminer.com.