It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Michael J. Shutak, Jr. on April 28, 2019 at Wilmington Hospital at the age of 76. Surrounded by his family, he fought a courageous battle against heart disease.
Born in Johnstown, PA, he was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Salko and father, Michael J. Shutak Sr.
In the early 60’s he moved to Delaware to work at General Motors, where he worked in materials and machinery for over 30 years. It is here, in Delaware, where he found the love of his life, Diane. Within months he knew she was the one and they were married. He was the delighted owner of a 1965 Corvette that he proudly traded in for a station wagon when they began their life together. Raising a family of three boys, he enjoyed coaching his kids in sports and taking beautiful family vacations together. With the bare essentials, he and Diane would pack up the family and travel throughout the United States which provided wonderful memories for his boys to share. Camping in South Dakota, Harpers Ferry, and Colorado were some of his most cherished times with his boys.
Mike served for the Delaware National Guard. Upon retirement from GM he proudly drove a school bus. Throughout his life he enjoyed being active and played a variety of sports including football and softball to name a few. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed bowling with his friends on multiple bowling leagues.
Mike was a humble man who enjoyed the simple pleasures of life. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and sitting back and drinking a cold beer. You could often find Mike sitting around the campfire or in the garage at his home at the Delaware beach. It was there, at his beach house, that he was the happiest.
Mike is survived by his wife of 53 years, Diane; his sons and their spouses, Michael J., III and his fiancée, Lisa Edwards, Dave and Dawn Shutak, and Brian Shutak and Barb Elliot; his grandchildren, Michael J., IV, Lindsay, Cody, Courtney, Mackenzie Shutak-Cannoy (Charlie), David Jr. , Olivia, and Anthony; his great granddaughter, Savannah; and his brother, Jeffrey Shutak.
A visitation will be held on Saturday May 11, 2019 from 12 P.M. to 2 P.M. with funeral services beginning at 2 P.M. at the Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Rd # 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.