New pavilion at Capitol Projects West dedicated to former worker

While holding a portrait of her son, Craig Tuttle, Sherry Koetting receives a hug from Corey Johnson, a co-worker of Tuttle’s at Capitol Projects West. Tuttle recently passed away and to honor him, the family used memorial contributions to build a pavilion for the employees.

While holding a portrait of her son, Craig Tuttle, Sherry Koetting receives a hug from Corey Johnson, a co-worker of Tuttle’s at Capitol Projects West. Tuttle recently passed away and to honor him, the family used memorial contributions to build a pavilion for the employees. Photo by Julie Smith.

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Corey Johnson, left, of Jefferson City and Aaron Jurgensmeyer, right, enjoy their lunch in the newly dedicated pavilion. As if on cue, a light rain fell during Wednesday’s dedication of the covered lunch and break area.

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Mark Tuttle, father of Craig Tuttle, visits with attendees to the dedication of the pavilion. Mark is a bricklayer, and with the help of volunteers, constructed the brick pillars of the pavilion.

What started out as a customer’s regular trip to Mr. G’s Liquor Store to get a soda became a friendship with lasting impact on the store’s owner, Norris Gerhart.

Every afternoon when Craig Tuttle exited the bus after work, he stopped to get a soda. Each visit with Gerhart became a little longer and more meaningful. That’s why after Tuttle died suddenly on May 3 of heart arrhythmia, his family asked Gerhart to deliver the eulogy.

After Tuttle’s death, memorial contributions and donations of friends have provided money for a covered lunch area at Capitol Projects West, where Tuttle worked and wanted a place to get out of the sun.

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