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Eric J. Schutz

June 5, 1963 — August 12, 2023

Wilmington

Eric J. Schutz

Age 60 of Wilmington, Illinois passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, August 12, 2023 surrounded by his loving family.

Born June 5, 1963 in Evergreen Park, IL.  Eric James was a son of Edwin Werner and Anne Marie (Sabaitis) Schutz. He was raised and educated in Chicago Ridge and graduated from St, Lawrence High School with the Class of 1981.

Eric’s career in property management and working for several property management companies over the past 40 plus years led to him living in Hinsdale,  Aurora, Lisle, Romeoville, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Manville, before finally settling in Wilmington. He was a member of the South Wilmington Fireman’s Club and was always proud to have been able to coach his kids in any sport they were involved. Eric was the founder of the Wilmington Wolves Travel Softball Team, and led them to their World Series in 2012. He was also a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and loved being at Wrigley Field. In his free time, Eric simply enjoyed listening to many different genres of music and being in the presence of family.

A true man of his word and from time to time characterized as stubborn, Eric was a strong leader and held a stellar work ethic. He had a giving soul, and leaves behind a priceless collection of memories to those lucky to have been within his circle.

Survivors include his wife, Roxanne (nee White) whom he married January 15, 1999; four children: Eric, Jr. (Maggie) of Minooka, Illinois, Ryan (Heather) of New Lenox, Illinois, Kyle (Jessica) of Orland Park, Illinois and Madison of Wilmington; six grandchildren: Eloise, Everett, Zahara, Jozyah, Lydia and Mara Schutz; one sister, Juanita (Duane) Degroot; brothers: Ed (Chris) Schutz, Tom (Cathy) Schutz, Allen (Jenn) Schutz, Bill Schutz, Charles Schutz and Michael Schutz; and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as cousins.

Eric was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, John Sabaitis.

The family will receive friends for a visitation at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road in Wilmington on Friday, August 18, 2023 from 3:00 p.m. until time of memory and sharing and celebration of Eric’s life at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral services will follow on Saturday morning, August 19, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 604 South Kankakee Street in Wilmington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated with Rev. Sebastian Gargol presiding.

Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Wilmington.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Eric’s memory to his family for their distribution.

Family and friends are encouraged to log onto www.BaskervilleFuneral.com to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Eric’s memorial page online through social media.

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. (815-476-2181)    

To send flowers to the family in memory of Eric J. Schutz, please visit our flower store.

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Visitation

Friday, August 18, 2023

3:00 - 7:30 pm (Central time)

Baskerville Funeral Home Wilmington

700 East Kahler Road, Wilmington, IL 60481

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Time for Memory Sharing

Friday, August 18, 2023

7:30 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

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700 East Kahler Road, Wilmington, IL 60481

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Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, August 19, 2023

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Saturday, August 19, 2023

1:00 - 1:30 pm (Central time)

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