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.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
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.
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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