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William Eric McNutt


William Eric McNutt, age 52, passed away Monday, August 22, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, William T. & Joan A. McNutt. Eric is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Alyse McNutt, Eliot McNutt, Reanin Craun; siblings, Amy (Mike) Miller, Aaron (Tracy) McNutt; mother-in-law, Sandy Knoll; six nieces; three nephews; and numerous extended family. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Toledo and went on to work for Crown Equipment Company for over 25 years. Eric started his career from the ground level, sweeping floors, working his way up to eventually becoming a Branch Manager. In his spare time, he was a part of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and took numerous trips to Oshkosh Convention annually. Eric was a single engine pilot for 25 years. He recently found a passion for cooking, which he excelled in. Eric loved the outdoors, sports including softball and golf, he enjoyed traveling, camping, and the water, especially Lake Michigan. He was a determined individual and took pride in being able to fix most things. Eric had a passion for life and will be remembered for his larger-than-life personality. He was always up for an adventure. Eric was an amazing father, husband, and a true friend that one could always count on. Visitation with the family will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2022, from 11am -12pm at Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 N. Hudson, Lowell, MI 49331, with Funeral Services following at 12pm.

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  1. I just can’t even absorb this news. I love you & Eric endlessly. There are no words to make this feel better. I love you & am so grateful that you & he were the loves of each other’s lives. EAA forever.

  2. Dear Carol and family – I can’t think of a single comforting thing to say! Just know that Paul & I are heartbroken for you all and will be praying for you every day.
    Paul & Debbie Jaroch

  3. Carol and family- We are absolutely heartbroken for you and the kids. Please know we are praying for you. We are so sorry for your loss.
    Tim and Carrie McCloskey

  4. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. Please know we are thinking and praying for you all.
    -Scott and Amy Robertson

  5. Carol and family,
    Although it has been years since we last saw each other in Ohio, you two have often been in our fondest memories. I am truly heartbroken to learn of Eric’s passing. Our prayers are with you and the family.
    Andy Smith (Crown NBO Marketing)

  6. May measureless grace surround you and the kids during this difficult time. Blessings. C

  7. Dear Carol,
    So sorry for the loss of your wonderful husband Eric. Hugs to you and the kids, and prayers going out for God’s love and “peace that surpasses all understanding“ to surround you. Warmly, Mary and Jeff Dixon

  8. Dear Carol,

    Bob and are are keeping you in our prayers during this most difficult time.
    —Bob and Becky Buick, Roundtree Neighbors

  9. Dear Carol,
    Although we have never met, I wanted you to know that I had the pleasure of working closely with Eric in the Grand Rapids Branch these past 60-90 days. For that time I am very grateful , however I have no words to help comfort you and your children during this difficult time. He truly did have a personality larger than life, and was always fun to be around. He will be missed.
    — Fred Morrone

  10. I first met Eric back in college at UT back in 1994…We were both wrapping up our degrees in BBA in a class together. We ended up meeting because we had the same MO (as to how we sat in a class).You don’t want to be in the front…You don’t want to at the very back…You go 3/4 back and sit at the end in case u need to make a quick getaway (which Eric did a few times) LOL! Yea I did too…
    So we ended up side by side across the isle…and when Eric was early… and the prof was late… we chatted…Found out his brother(Aaron) was working at Cedar Point,. That relationship led to a sequence of events that changed my life forever…I have a best friend now and I am grateful for Eric for that.

    I really wish I would have met Eric earlier in my college career. I think I would have the same friendship that I have with his brother…


  11. We are keeping you and yours in our prayers, Carol. May you continue to find peace in the Lord.

  12. So sorry for the loss of your husband Eric. It’s beyond comprehension. When Paula first told me what happened I felt so so sad for you and your family. I sincerely hope my prayers and the prayers of others will help you through this difficult time. Carol Jachim (Paula Garvin’s mom)

  13. To Eric’s Family,
    I was shocked and saddened to learn that Eric was gone from us. I was Eric’s music teacher for all of his years at Bettsville Local Schools which made him one of “MY” kids. You are all in my prayers.

    Barbara Weber

  14. To The McNutt Family:
    It’s very sad to hear of this sudden loss. Eric will be sorely missed. Please accept my condolences, you’re in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jim Mozer

  15. Carol and family:

    All of us will feel that the world is less lively, less friendly, and less fun without Eric in it.

    He was truly one of a kind. And although I haven’t seen Eric that often since you left Sidney, I will always remember the good times we had together in New Bremen. As has always been the case, when we discuss numerous stories of that period, Eric is always front and center. And it always makes me smile.

    So sorry that you have to endure this awful loss.

    Sending you all my positivity and love, Matt Ranly

  16. Carol, Alyse, Eliot, Amy and Aaron
    From the beginning on the 15th floor in Parks Tower at UT to the last time we met in April just to hang out. From destroying the party center in Kansas, OH to camping in the deafening silence of the desert in Wikieup, AZ. From the highs of standing with each other at our respective weddings to the lows of mourning the loss of both of his parents. We shared the joys and sorrows of our lives and shared faith in the God who holds us all. Although time together and distance changed over the years there was never a time I didn’t feel that I didn’t know Eric or couldn’t instantly experience and rely on his friendship. I love him and will miss him. Through him, we are forever bound to you.
    Matt, Dawn and Family

  17. We are so sorry to hear of Eric’s passing. I have so many great memories of him from elementary school all the way through college.

    Please accept our deepest condolences and may the beautiful memories of him comfort you through these difficult moments.

    We are praying for your family.

    Ron and Eva Wise

  18. Dear Carol, Alyse and Elliot: there are no possible words to express our condolences. We are praying hard for your confort. Eric was always a pleasure to talk to when we met him during his walks. His departure is a loss to all whom got the chance to meet him. Please know we are here for you for whatever you may need and that you are in our prayers. Count on us. The Utz’s

  19. To Eric’s family,
    I had the privilege to get to know Eric and work with him as part of the Great Lakes Branch Managers team for the past 3 years. I will always remember Eric’s great personality and sense of humor among many other things. I am still in disbelief for this sudden and unexpected tragedy. I wanted to send the most heartfelt condolences to all of you and know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Eric will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

    Adriano Rossi

  20. Dear Carol and family,

    I’m very sorry to learn of Eric’s unexpected passing. Having worked closely with Eric for many years at the Crown Grand Rapids branch I will always fondly remember his outgoing personality and the enthusiasm he always had. He would always brighten up the room whenever he walked in. He will be missed.

    Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.

    Mike Haley – Retired
    -Crown Grand Rapids

  21. We are so sorry for your loss. We have such great memories to cherish as neighbors. From camping, to sitting around the fire at your home or just staying in for dinner and conversation. We had so many laughs. Know that you and the kids are in our thoughts and prayers. -Brent, Paula, Riley, Brody & Nyla Garvin

  22. Carol & Family,

    We are heartbroken upon hearing of Eric’s passing. He was always so full of energy and quick wit. We will cherish the many great times we shared. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Jim & Karen Blanchard

  23. Carol,

    I’ve been at a loss for words to express the heartbreak I feel for you. Even though Eric and I haven’t worked directly with each other for many years, you two hold a special place in my heart. I will cherish the memories (and moon boots!). I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers.

    Sue Abitua

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