Dennis Allen Stutler went home to be with the Lord on December 11th, 2021. He lived all of his adult life serving Jesus; as a Gospel Singer, Church Pastor and Evangelist. Dennis was born on August 25th, 1947 in Barberton Ohio at the old hospital on Wooster Rd. His formative years were spent in Calhoun County West Virginia, where his Mom and Dad, Edith and Earl Stutler operated a Country Store. Soon, his Dad Earl, took a permanent job at the Babcock & Wilcox corporation in Barberton. The family moved and Denny was schooled in the Norton Township school district. As a young man Denny was employed by Tonyo’s Pizza in Barberton, a restaurant that later became the Parasson’s restaurant chain. Opportunity arose and Denny was hired and trained as a welder at the Crown Steel Plant in Orrville, Ohio. Those were the turbulent 60s. Denny answered his duty to register and was called into service of his country. He joined the U.S. Army and served in the First Cav. Unit in Vietnam. While deployed, he was wounded in action and awarded the Purple Heart for his sacrifice. He never forgot his band of brothers and one particularly good friend who lost his life fighting at his side. After an honorable discharge, Denny returned stateside and married his sweetheart Susan Moore. Together, they had two children, one son, Shane Dennis (deceased) and a daughter, Misty Sue. Denny continued to work for Crown Steel and Volvo-White until the plant closure in the 1990s.
Denny was proceeded in death by his Mom and Dad, Edith and Earl Stutler, his son Shane Stutler and grandson, McKenzie Reese. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Susan and their daughter Misty. Denny is also survived by three grandchildren, Ethan Hendricks, Brendan Reese and Emily Stutler. Denny will be loved and remembered by his church family at the Eastern Road Church of God and as the final Pastor of the old Glendale Baptist Church in Norton. His memory endures in our hearts singing alongside his mother Edith and Aunt Opal as the Stutler family trio. Numerous Gospel groups made use of Denny’s strong Baritone-Bass lead voice, including The New Road Gospel Singers, Brenda Cole, and anyone who needed that deep strong voice to help round out their song selection. Throughout the years, many eyes filled with spirit moved tears, because Denny knew his Savior, and he lived out the Gospel that he was singing about. Denny was a pillar of faith to all, and honest example of loving faith in a world bereft of both.
Funeral service will be Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 11:00 am at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 1376 High St, Wadsworth, OH 44281 with Pastor Faron Cole officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville. Family will receive friends Monday from 6-8 pm and on Tuesday from 10-11 am prior to the service.