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Richard C. Mutz

April 29, 1943 — January 16, 2024


Richard C. Mutz


Age 80 of Crest Hill, passed away peacefully after a three-year fight against Glioblastoma, on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

Born April 29, 1943 in Joliet, Rick was a son of Jerry and Mary (Gregorash) Mutz. He was raised and educated in Joliet and graduated from Joliet Catholic High School with the class of 1961. Following graduation, Rick was drafted by the United States Army to proudly serve his country during the conflict in Vietnam.

Rick worked for Caterpillar as a welder until retiring after 35 dedicated years. He was a devout Catholic and longtime parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Joliet, as well as a longtime member of the Moran A.C. and KSKJ. In his free time, he enjoyed going on fishing trips up north, cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears, and most of all being with his family, especially his grandchildren. Rick will be deeply missed by all who knew him, but never forgotten.

Rick is survived by his wife: Frances (Smrekar) Mutz; son: Richard M. Mutz; daughter: Brigitte (Jim) Oetter; grandchildren: Jocelyn, Gunner, and Roxanne Oetter; sisters: Evelyn (the late Albert) Pagnusat, and Jeanette (the late Val) Ogary, and sister-in-law: Patricia Mutz

He is preceded in death by his parents: Jerry and Mary; sister: Frances (the late Edward) Cepiel, and brother: Jerry Mutz.

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

The family will receive relatives and friends for a memorial visitation on Monday, January 22, 2024 from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian Burial which will begin at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 416 N Chicago Street in Joliet. A private interment will follow and Rick will be laid to rest at St. Joseph Cemetery in Joliet.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made as gifts in Rick’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Lightways Hospice Care.

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Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

10:30 - 11:30 am (Central time)

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Monday, January 22, 2024

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