Thomas J. Kutruff, 84, went to be with the Lord on Thursday afternoon. He was blessed to be at the home he loved, with family there with him. Tom was born on June 18, 1936, in Altoona, son of the late Ralph and Lenora (Gill) Kutruff. He grew up on Asbury Lane and resided there his entire life.
Surviving is his wife, Sevilla (Krider) Kutruff, whom he married on July 21, 1975. They were best friends and loved each other more than anything else in the world. Tom never stopped raving about Sevilla’s cooking. Everything she made was his “favorite.”
Tom is also survived by his sister, Shirley Mercer, Hollidaysburg, and many nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews, all of whom loved and respected him. He was known as “Uncle Tom” to so many people in this world, but to claim him as your actual uncle was an honor beyond measure.
He was preceded in death by brothers Ronald, William and Donald, as well as sisters Janet Schadle and Nancy Tucci.
Tom served in the United States Army in Berlin. He worked for Conrail in the maintenance department. But his true love was farming and tending to his “herd.” There wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix and there wasn’t anyone he wouldn’t help. He had a barn full of John Deere tractors and loved running them all. The sound of a ‘putt-putt’ tractor was music to his ears.
A private memorial service for immediate family will be held. Interment will be at Asbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Tom’s memory to the Zack Hinish Foundation, c/o CPCF, 1330 11th Ave., Altoona, PA 16601. Arrangements are by Mauk & Yates Funeral Home Inc., Juniata.