Earl Madison McCutcheon

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Another WWII veteran has fallen. Earl Madison McCutcheon, who was born May 15, 1922, in Benton, Ark., to John Cleveland McCutcheon and Georgia Bradshaw McCutcheon, passed peacefully from this life on Feb. 24, 2014, at the age of 91.

He was married for nearly 74 years to Virginia Bell Taft. They were together when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942. Staff Sergeant McCutcheon was a radio operator and waist gunner on a B-24 aircraft in the 27 Bomb Squadron stationed in the South Pacific. He never said he enjoyed military life, but he served honorably until he was discharged in 1945.

Earl’s civilian life was spent working in agriculture in Santa Paula, Calif., where he eventually retired as the Quality Control Manager for Peto Seed Co. He was a long-time member of the Church of Christ. Earl and Virginia moved to Colorado in 1997 to continue the tradition of attending every possible sports event in which, first their grandchildren, and then their great-grandchildren performed. They never missed.

Surviving Earl are his wife, Virginia; daughter, Earleen Brock and husband, John of Cortez; son, Earl M. McCutcheon, Jr. and wife, Sylvia of Solvang, Calif.; grandchildren, Cris and Michelle Brock, and Andy and Cherrie Brock of Cortez, Julie and Bob Kehr of Rifle, Colo., L. E. McCutcheon of Seattle, Wash., and Jill McCutcheon of Solvang, Calif. Other proud descendants include 11 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. He also leaves his sisters, Georgia A. Lawrence and Jeannie F. Black. His was pre-deceased by his parents, and brother, John C. McCutcheon, Jr.

Earl was laid to rest on Feb. 27, 2014, in the Cortez Cemetery with military honors provided by the Ute Mountain American Legion Post No. 75. The family requests that any desired memorial contributions be made to the Madison House Assisted Living Residence, 120 S. Madison, Cortez, CO 81321.

Services were under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home. For further information or to send condolences, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section.