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Mass of Christian Burial

Holy Cross Catholic Church
Saturday April 27th, 2019

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James Putrich

James Joseph “Uncle Butch” Putrich

Age 80 of Joliet, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on April 11, 2019 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Born and raised in Joliet, Jim was a son of Joseph and Catherine (nee Jandric) Putrich. He graduated from St. Mary Nativity Catholic School and Joliet Catholic High School. He earned a bachelor degree in aeronautical engineering from Indiana Tech.  He served in the Army from 1962 to 1964. Jim had a fulfilling career at various engineering, architecture and construction companies.

He retired to Cadiz, Kentucky for 15 years before returning to his hometown, Joliet, in 2018.

He was a member of St. Mary Nativity Catholic Church and the Joliet Ski Club. He was an avid marksman and downhill skier and enjoyed many outdoor activities including biking, fishing, golfing and riding around on his motorcycle. After retirement, Jim continued to travel.

He explored, ate and drank his way through 46 states and over 40 countries.

Survivors include his beloved of 47 years, Mary Lou Rutherford; sisters, Barbara (late Joseph) Govednik and Joan (late George Abday and Louis Zbacnik); his loving “varmints” (aka nieces and nephews); Karen (late Richard) Nelson, Nancy Govednik, Jan (Mark) Williams, David (Sandy) Abday, Kathy (Matt) Bertani, Barbara (Tom) Govednik-Wolf, Michi (late George) Abday; great nieces and nephews, Zachariah and Nathan Willett, Anna and Louis Bertani, Christopher and Samantha Hollingsworth; great, great-niece, Rylee Hollingsworth; “special varmints” Paige and Samantha Lindsey.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother.

Per Jim’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

All relatives and friends are invited to Holy Cross Church for a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev Julian Kaczowka officiating. Jim will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at St. Mary Nativity Cemetery, Crest Hill, IL.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials may be made as gifts in his memory to: Joliet Area Community Hospice or American Cancer Society.

Friends may sign the online guest book by logging onto: www.PleseFuneral.com .

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction of Kenneth A. Plese, in Joliet, IL   815-735-2125

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Mary Lou and Jim's Family, Eric and I are out of town and will miss the service on Saturday.  Please know that our hearts are filled with thoughts of such happy memories of Jim.  He always had a smile and something "fun" to say.  We will sure miss him.  Do not think he left too many things in his bucket list.  Lived a wonderful full life.  Glad we were a part of it.  Goodbye to our friend.

Mary Ann , Eric, Erica and Amber Egger Apr 26 2019 12:00 AM

Mary LouOur cousin Jimmy was one of a kind. Always smiling and enjoying life! We are so very sorry for your loss. He will be missed. Carol & Julius

Carol Putrich Wojciechowski Apr 22 2019 12:00 AM

Mary Lou, Ms. Govednik, Ms. Abday, and Family.  I remember Butch fondly from my days growing up on Highland Ave. and later thru Mary Lou at First National functions.  My deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of this great man.

Steve Randich Apr 22 2019 12:00 AM

Joan, Barb, and family. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you all. RIP dear cousin Jimmy. You always had a smile on your face. You will be missed. ❤️Carol and Jules

Carol Wojciechowski Apr 21 2019 12:00 AM

From Larry Riegel, your 1st and distant cousin in Crest Hill. Back in the end of the 1950s, dad would drive mom and me over in our seatbelt less car. I was very interested in the models he built , but didn't  handle them with the love and care he built them with. So with a authoritative  voice he kindly instructed me to put it down. Eventually  I built my own and understood.. also that one's  face cannot smile before one's  heart smiles. May GOD Bless

Larry Riegel Apr 21 2019 12:00 AM

Mary Lou and the Putrich Family-So sorry for your loss. Both of us belonged to the Ski Club with Jim and Mary Lou and always enjoyed their company on ski, bike, and golf trips. Always cheerful and smiling - well not always when golfing - he was always available to help others enjoy those activities. Thanks Jim for the fun times

Dave and Jane Farmer Apr 20 2019 12:00 AM

Jim was more than a friend to me.  He made me smile and his laugh was infectous.  We went to Indiana Teck together and we've kept in touch for over 50 years.  He loved golfing, shooting; was always upbeat about everything we did together.  Even though he had a serious cancer he never gave up.  His travels and soul mate always made him smile.  I am saddened by his passing and will always miss one of my best friends.  My you RIP!

Jeff Cole Apr 17 2019 12:00 AM

Mr Jim, I am so grateful to have met you and your loving family. Your courage, grace, and kindness have touched me indefinitely.  I will now always know my way around Chicagoland and it's road structures because of your explaining and the map...I love you and have no doubt you are pain free and enjoying the things your body couldn't here. I am now an avid fan of jazz,        Always

Teena Stroop Apr 15 2019 12:00 AM