John P. Tuttle, 71, of Billings, a retired diesel mechanic and 21-year veteran of the Army, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at RiverStone Health Hospice House.
He was born March 22, 1940, one of 17 children of Harry and Laura (Searoy) Tuttle in Duluth, Minn. The family relocated to Idaho, and he helped his father at the family-owned sawmill.
At age 18, Mr. Tuttle enlisted in the Army. He served in the Korean War and also served two tours in Vietnam. His nephew was serving in Vietnam, which prompted Mr. Tuttle to request a tour of duty to help protect him. He also spent a number of years stationed in Korea and Germany. He retired from the Army in 1980.
He then relocated to Greensboro, N.C., and worked for HedgeCock Builders. In 1991, he moved to Montana. He married Kathy Snyder on July 23, 1993. Mr. Tuttle worked for Billings Truck Center as a diesel mechanic until he retired.
He was a member of the Yellowstone Woodturners Club.
Survivors include his wife; children, Vanessa Tuttle of Kernersville, N.C., from a previous marriage, April of Billings and Nolan Snyder of Billings; two grandsons; sisters, Loretta, Susie, Delores, Pat, Diane, Virginia, Carolyn and Polly; and brothers, Butch, Wesley and Danny.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 23, at West Side Baptist Church, 323 S. 32nd St. W. It will be a military honors ceremony with a reception to follow. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.