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Ralph N. Nutter III

June 20, 1938 ~ January 4, 2019 (age 80)

Ralph N. Nutter III, 80, of Gaylord, passed away Friday, January 4, 2019 at home surrounded by his family.  Born on June 20, 1938 in St. Louis, Missouri, Ralph was the son of Ralph II and Marion (Boneau) Nutter.

Ralph was an All American swimmer at Royal Oak High School and had a pool record that stood for over 25 years.  He graduated from Michigan State University and went on to teach at Troy High School for 31 years. He taught math, computer science and coached swimming.   Ralph retired in 1997 and enjoyed travelling the United States in his RV.  Searching for agates often determined the destination from Michigan to Arizona. On one of his trips he picked up carving and became an excellent carver of all kinds of birds.  Ralph enjoyed many other hobbies including ham radio, fly fishing and woodworking.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 58 years, Margaret; children, Sandra (Ken) Sugden, Ken (Nanette) and Jeff (Jacalyn); eight grandchildren, Brad, Tyler, Jessica, Kevin, Derek, Sara, Jake and Josephine; one great-granddaughter, Mia; and his sister, Jean Muschella.

In keeping with Ralph's wishes his family will remember him privately.  Please share your memories and personal messages with the family at