George McCutcheon -- Pine Island

PINE ISLAND -- The funeral for George James McCutcheon will be held today at the Mahn Family Funeral Home-Mahler Chapel in Pine Island with the Rev. Ruth Phelps officiating. Burial will be in Oronoco Cemetery.

Mr. McCutcheon, 91, of Minneapolis, formerly of Pine Island, died Tuesday (Dec. 24, 2002) at Region's Hospital in St. Paul.

He was born Aug. 6, 1911, in Zumbrota. When he was in the fifth grade, his family moved to the Pine Island area, and he graduated as valedictorian of the Pine Island High School class of 1929. He enrolled at the University of Minnesota and graduated with honors in 1933, with a bachelor's degree in education. On Jan. 1, 1934, he married Gertrude Stucky in Zumbrota. He taught at high schools in the following Minnesota communities: Sleepy Eye, Hanska, and New Ulm. He also taught at the University High School. In 1945, he earned his master's degree at the University of Minnesota, and in 1950 began teaching at the University of Minnesota in the General College Math Department. He earned his doctorate in educational psychology in 1958 from the University of Minnesota. In 1980, he retired from teaching at the University of Minnesota, but continued to be a volunteer teacher for the University Extension evening classes. Mr. McCutcheon was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and MEA. For more than 20 years he played the snare drum with the Sleepy Eye Drum and Bugle Corp.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Arlene Nellis of Minneapolis; and one grandson. One brother and an infant sister preceded him in death.

Memorials are suggested to the George McCutcheon Scholarship Fund, which is being established by the family.

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