Obituary of John Degutis
Iselin - John Degutis, 87, formerly of Middlesex, died early Saturday morning, March 23, 2019 at the Center of Hope Hospice.
Born and raised in Elizabeth, John attended Jefferson High School. While in school, he worked for Singer Sewing Company and then graduated from The Newark College of Engineering.
John worked as a manufacturing engineer for Elastic Stop Nut Corporation in Union, Howell Electric Motors in Plainfield, and finally retired from Electro Dynamics in Avenel. After retirement and following his passion, John enjoyed working as a photographer for the N.J. Herald.
With many interests in helping others, John was a lifelong volunteer for the Middlesex Borough Rescue Squad, Plainfield Rescue Squad, and Hampton Fire and Rescue Squad. He was a member of The N.J. State First Aid Council, Co-Chairman of the Hampton Township Board of health, a member of The New Jersey State Fire Police Association, as well as being a past Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the Sussex County Fire Police Association.
John was also a former President and longtime member of The Hampton Township Senior Club and President of “Photographers of Sussex County”.
One of John’s favorite activities was spend his days and evenings at his lake house with his children and grandchildren. Boating, fishing, barbeques, and being handy were just a few things that brought joy to John and those around him.
Surviving are his wife of 37 years Barbara (Plotkin) Degutis; three children, Linda Bozzo and husband Eugene of Piscataway, Kenneth Degutis and wife Nicole of South Bound Brook and John Degutis and wife Julie of South Plainfield and stepson, David Rosalin of Tuckerton.
He will also be missed by his five grandchildren, Ashley, Michael, Johnathan, Macey and Juliana and great grandson, Talon.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 8:30AM in Middlesex Funeral Home, 528 Bound Brook Road Middlesex NJ 08846 followed by a funeral mass at Our Lady of Mount Virgin RC Church, Middlesex at 9:30AM.
Family and friends may gather in the funeral home from 2-4PM and 7-9PM on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Middlesex Rescue Squad, 1400 Mountain Ave, Middlesex, NJ 08846 or the Hampton Township Fire and Rescue 189 Old Halsey Myrtle Grove Road Newton, NJ 07860.