Judge George J. Theut
Died: Saturday, February 18, 2012
Judge George J. Theut, 85 of St.Ignace passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, Feb. 18 at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital after suffering a massive stroke at home on Thursday, Feb. 16. Jack , as he was affectionately known, was born April 17.1926 in Centerline,MI. His parents were George L and Katherine (Weigand) Theut.  He attended St.Clements for grade school and DeSalle Collegiate High School in Detroit. The day after graduation, he joined the United States Navy, and served 2 years on the USS Santee. He served in the Pacific Ocean during WWll. After  being discharged from the Navy, he attended the University of Detroit for an undergraduate degree and earned a Law Degree from the University of Detoiit in 1952. He worked  in the Macomb County Prosecutor's office and was with  the management staff at the Chrysler Detroit Tank Plant. He moved to Rudyard as administrative assistant to the civil engineer at Kincheloe Air Force base for 8 years. He ran for Mackinac County Probate Judge in 1965 and served  faithfully until his retirement 27 years later.
As judge. he helped keep families together, as a war veteran; he was especially sensitive to the problems of veterans, who came to his  Court. He was  President of  Michigan Probate Judges Association, served on the Michigan Task Force on Racial/Ethnic and Gender Issues in the Courts and the Legal Profession; served for 15 years on the Eastern UP Mental Health Board; and was a founding member of the Legal Aid for the Eastern Upper Peninsula. He also served as visitaing judge in Wayne County. He was a member of the VFW; Knights of Columbus; Member of the State Bar of Michigan; and a faithful member of St.Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church. He held a brokers and real estate license and worked in real estate since he was a young man.
On October 11,1952 he married Betty Larson at St.Gregory's Catholic Church in Newberry, and she survives nealrly 60 years of  a wonderful marriage. Also 7 children ; Mark Theut, Scottsdale, Arizona; Paul & Maria Theut, Phoenix; Chris and Kelly Theut, Phoenix; David and  Rene Theut, Sault Ste. Marie, MI; Brian and Diana Theut, Scottsdale, Arizona; Dr. Susan Theut and her husband Buzz Bailey, Georgetown,DC;  Annette and Keith Whitman, Escanaba; and 18 grand children. He was preceeded in death by his faher, George L. Theut in 1975; a sister Gertrude at 4 months old, and a grandson Andrew Whitman at 2 and a half years old in 2002.
Friends may call at Dodson Funeral Home on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 4 to 8 pm with parish prayers at 8:30 pm. Mass of Christian  Burial will be Thursday, February 23 at 11 am at St.Ignatius Church with Fr. Pawel Mecwel  and Deacon Tom McClelland officiating. Burial will be in St.Ignatius Cemetery with military rites in the spring. Pallbearers will be Doug Goudreau; Daniel Wyers; David Crisp; Don Gustafson; Tim Collins; Mike Lilliquist. Honorary pallbearers will be Wes Maurer; John McKinnon; Barbara Brown; Charles Brown, Prentiss M. Brown Jr.; Tom Evashevski; Giz Brown;  Stuart Spencer; Robert Butts; Beth Gibson; Clayton Graham, Tom North, Nick Lambros , Jerome LaJoice  and Eric Dodson..
Guest Book Entries:
Raymond L. King
February 23rd, 2012 9:41 pm
Dear Betty and family. Mary and I were saddened to learn of Jack's passing. He was a great friend and colleague. We wished we were in Michigan and could pay our respects in person but we now spend our winters in Florida. All the Michigan Probate Judges who had the pleasure of working with Jack will fondly recall his tall tales about Stanley and his efficient organization of our summer and winter conventions and conferences. Jack will be missed by all who knew him. Our condolences to his wonderful wife and family and his staff at the Court and his many friends. Jack was a memorable man and will not be soon forgotten.
Sr. Lethia Marie Leveille
February 22nd, 2012 8:33 pm
I was sorry to learn of Jack's death. He certainly struggled and did well handling his infirmities this past year. You are all in my prayers and will continue to keep you in prayer in the weeks to come. God bless.
Wally Kent
February 22nd, 2012 7:39 pm
Betty,I want you and the family to know how saddened I am by your loss. I think of Jack as my mentor as a probate judge. I wish we could have attended visitation and services, but we are out of state. Jack was one of the first judges I really got to know, and he taught me many things about judging that aren't written in the books. I will never forget the time we were both serving as visiting judges in Wayne County and he introduced me to the Detroit Institute of Art. I remember his entertaining stories about Mackinac Island, and the love he had for the island. I know from the things he said that he loved his family dearly and will be missed beyond words. My thoughts are with you.
Kathryn J. Root
February 22nd, 2012 5:43 pm
Jack was a wonderful friend over the years we served together especially as part time probate judges. I always looked forward to visiting with him at judicial gatherings. The stories he could tell! He always knew how to bring a smile and was never without a smile himself. Am sure the angels have welcomed him to paradise where he is regaling a crowd of saints with his wisdom and wit. God bless Jack and his family.
Douglas A. Pugh
February 21st, 2012 1:12 pm
My associations with Jack were too infrequent. I was the probate judge of Alpena County until I retired in 2007--- just a bit too far "south" to see him regularly. But when we did meet, at an occasional judge's meeting, he was always such a pleasure to be with and the source of much interesting perspective and information. I am sorry to learn of his passing. My sympathy to the family.
Walter Urick
February 21st, 2012 10:31 am
On behalf of the Probate Judges Emeriti, I wish to extend to Judge Jack's family our sincere condolences. Jack was one of the revered retired judges--one that many of us "younger retirees" looked to for advise during our working years. One of his closest friends in the Judiciary was my predecessor, Judge Jerry Graham of Oceana County, who often spoke fondly of Jack. May Jack now rest in peace knowing that he accomplished "a life well lived!" Sincerely, Walter A. Urick President, Probate Judges Emeriti
Steven E. Folrd
February 21st, 2012 9:16 am
Well done thou good and faithful servant. Let me express my sincere sorrow to Betty and children. I enjoyed my many conversations with Jack. However I know you all to be people of faith and that faith sustains all at this time.
Brian and Karen Dekeyser
February 21st, 2012 8:28 am
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time of sorrow
Jack A. Vande Bunte
February 20th, 2012 8:47 pm
I served as a probate judge with Jack in the 70s and 80s. Jack was one of the nicest judges and guys I have ever known. He will be missed. My sympathy to the family.
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