Michael Anthony Nutt

Michael Anthony Nutt, age 33, of Harima, Japan, formerly of Quincy, passed away in his home, in Japan, on August 17, 2023. He was born August 26, 1989, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL to Russell ‘Tony’ and Jo (Allensworth) Nutt.

Michael was a 2008 graduate of Quincy Senior High School. He then went on to John Wood Community College, where he was part of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, graduating with his Associate’s Degree in science in 2010. After John Wood, Michael went to Illinois College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a dual Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Engineering and Japanese Studies in 2016. He was part of a study abroad J.E.T. (Japanese English Teaching) program where he studied for a year at Ritsumeikan University located in Kyoto, Japan. Here, Michael fell more in love with the Japanese culture, language, and teaching programs to which he was exposed. This catapulted him into his career and dream of being a teacher in Japan. He had a passion for experiencing other cultures and celebrated the differences of everyone he encountered in his lifetime. He taught grades ranging from kindergarten to seniors in high school. He was also the head of his students’ debate team and led them from never winning a debate to winning international titles. As an educator, Michael also taught children with autism while in Japan. He was passionate about these students and claimed he “learned more from them” than they had learned from him. Michael was an educator in Japan for the past 7 years.

Michael was one of the easiest-going people who could talk about anything with anyone. No topic was off-limits. He was incredibly intelligent and had vast knowledge on an array of different subjects. He never passed judgment on others and was a firm believer in fair chances. Michael loved his family fiercely and was always a good shoulder to lean on when you needed someone. He was exceptionally kind to everyone around him. Michael had a way of making everyone feel included and worth something. Michael was a member of Salem Evangelical Church located in Quincy, IL.

Michael is survived by: his parents, Tony and Jo Nutt of Quincy, IL. His paternal grandmother, Wanda Nutt of Quincy, IL. His paternal step-grandmother, Phyllis Nutt of Quincy, IL. Two siblings: Ethan Nutt (Sherry) of Wentzville, MO and Dani Nutt (Jordan Agard) of Quincy, IL. Two nieces and one nephew: Isabell Nutt of Little Rock, AR., Addison Nutt of Wentzville, MO., and Brady Nutt of Wentzville, MO. His aunts and uncles: Timothy Nutt, Jill Eckelberry, Jay Nutt (Lori), Kenneth Allensworth (Mary), Debbie Dalton, and Cindy Terwische (Byron). Numerous great aunts and uncles, cousins, relatives, and friends also survive.

Michael was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Robert Nutt, and his maternal grandparents: Kenneth and Nelda Allensworth.

A memorial service for Michael will be held Friday, September 29, 2023, at 12:00 noon at the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. A memorial visitation will be held on Friday from 10:30 until the time of services at noon. Memorials may be made to the Quincy Early Childhood and Family Center. Duker & Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


  1. Lora Stephens on September 20, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    Tony and Jo Sending thoughts prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss,Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort . My deepest sympathy.Lora Stephens

  2. Linda Houseweart on September 20, 2023 at 6:02 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers for you to find peace. Love you and Big Hugs.

  3. Jeff Dorsey on September 21, 2023 at 10:29 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family!

  4. Sandy Brown Winner on September 21, 2023 at 10:30 am

    We are sooo sorry for your loss. It’s heartbreaking.

  5. Nikki Neiswinter on September 21, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family.

  6. Thomas Pearce on September 21, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    Tony and Jo I’m sorry to hear about this. Ready his story there what an amazing young man. Y’all had to be so proud of him. Praying for comfort in your time of grief.

  7. Randy n Stacie Sparks on September 21, 2023 at 10:11 pm

    Our sincere condolences to the loss of your child. he was an amazing man.

  8. Larry and Kim Tournear on September 22, 2023 at 1:56 am

    So Sorry for your loss,our thoughts and prayers go out to your family!

  9. Rich and Cindy lohmeyer on September 22, 2023 at 10:38 am

    So sorry for your loss

  10. Dusty Hoffman on September 22, 2023 at 12:42 pm

    I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers and with you all.

  11. Jodi M Bliven on September 22, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    Tony, Jo & Family,
    I’m so deeply sorry for your loss. You have my condolences and you’re all in my thoughts and prayers during this time of sadness and heartbreak.
    Jodi Schaffnit-Bliven

  12. Deborah Kinne-Powell on September 22, 2023 at 10:13 pm

    Tony and Jo, I am so very sorry for your loss! Prayers for you and your family.

  13. Bruce Ewing on September 24, 2023 at 10:17 am

    Tony and Jo sorry to hear the sad news he was a great kid had a lot of fun when he worked summer cleaning crew

  14. Kathleen Dooley and Gary Handrick on September 29, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    The loss of such a gifted young man is so devastating for everyone who knew your son and brother. May your memories continue to bring you comfort and blessings during this difficult time. The Lord Bless and Keep You! 🙏💙

  15. Sandy Hoffman Polley on September 29, 2023 at 1:16 pm

    Tony and Jo. So sorryfor you loss ..Michael is with Jesus now
    And we are proud of him. Praying for you both. 🙏

  16. Ryan Smith on September 30, 2023 at 2:14 am

    Michael was the main reason I started teaching in Japan. We didn’t talk much but he had a huge impact on my life. Without hearing about where he studied abroad to or the JET Programme, I’d be probably be somewhere different in my life. I glad to have known you.

  17. Miranda on October 10, 2023 at 3:45 pm

    I knew him in high school, we graduated together.

    He was so kind. I remember his face after all this time because of how kind he was to me. And everyone else. He genuinely made the world a better place.

    I am so so sorry for your loss.

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