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Cory Kutcher

August 31, 1977 — November 10, 2023

Cory Lee Kutcher passed away on November 10, 2023, in Bowie, MD. He was born in Hannibal, Missouri in 1977. He attended Van-Far R1 schools early in life and then attended the Clark County R1 School District during his high school years. He graduated from Clark County High School Class of 1996 and had many wonderful friends who loved and supported him.

Cory made an indelible impact during his 46 years of life. Breaking barriers, he became the first in his family to graduate college (Iowa Wesleyan) and went on to move to Erie, PA to pursue a master’s degree in Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University marking the inception of a distinguished career in government and specifically working in the intelligence community.

His professional journey was adorned with notable achievements, earning recognition and awards, including the Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award. Cory did important work which rose to the highest echelons of government. He took great pride in contributing to the security of our nation. Despite grappling with unique physical challenges and a challenging upbringing, Cory's resilience and determination fueled his journey to succeed in service to our country.

What set Cory apart was not just his professional prowess but also his infectious sense of humor. Renowned for his wit and the affectionate teasing of close friends and family, Cory's laughter and joy became a wellspring of happiness for those fortunate enough to be in his company. In some ways you just never quite knew what to expect from him and in others you knew just exactly where he stood.

Deeply committed to community service, Cory devoted his spare time to serving as a child advocate for family court proceedings, actively contributing to the welfare of children in need. An avid sports fan, he took great pleasure in supporting the STL Cardinals and playfully ribbing his friends and family about their favorite teams. He was also an Indianapolis Colts fan and enjoyed playing a game of pool.

Cory is survived by his three sisters, Lori Lewis-Kennedy (Joe), LeeAnne Lear, and Jeanine Roberts (Gary). He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Brett Bolton (Paolo), Brendon Bolton, Caitlin Bolton, Russell Kutcher, Andy Lear, Erin Swindler (Nick), David Whiteaker, and Dustin Roberts (Jenifer). He was preceded in death by his father, Carl F. Kutcher Jr. and his mother, Joyce Rosalee Holt, his paternal grandparents Carl F. Kutcher Sr. and Myrtle (Hamner) Kutcher and maternal grandparents, Pearl Holt Sr. and Zelma (Trower) Lovelace.

While Cory did not have children of his own, he had a special bond with cousins Cassandra and Abby Ellison. They brought much joy and happiness to his life, and he loved them very much.

It is important to also note Cory lived for most of his adult life and built a rich life in the Washington D.C. area. His favorite part of living in that area was the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Cory’s close friends there will be planning a Celebration of Life for his friends and colleagues in the D.C. area in the Spring.

While Cory’s passing leaves a void in the lives of those who knew and loved him, his legacy of resilience, accomplishments, and laughter will endure, continuing to inspire and be fondly remembered.

A graveside service will be held at the Kahoka Cemetery on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at 11:00 AM followed by a Celebration of Life at 1:00 PM at the Care Building in Kahoka. All whose lives Cory touched are welcome.  Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children or the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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