John was born on May 27 1921 in Whitsand Saskatchewan as the son of Alexander (deceased in 1935) and Mary Kutcher (both Ukrainians) , of Vernon, British Columbia. They were married on February 13 1896 in Galicia Austria. His brothers were Bill, George, Dan, Nick and Mike (army overseas too) Kutcher. And his sisters were Annie Boyd, Pearl Fedun, Pauline Spellay and Ruth Ploc. Their brother Fred (1913) and sister Myrthle (1914) were already deceased earlier.
He was a labourer and member of the Roman Catholic Church.
He enlisted on July 12 1940 in Vernon British Columbia and he went on March 29 1942 overseas to the UK and he went thereafter on June 6 1944 to France for the D-day landing.
John was killed in action on Tuesday February 20 1945 age 23 in the B Coy at the Moyland Wood during the battle of the Rhineland. And he was temporarily buried in Bedburg Hau Germany and he was then on September 19 1945 reburied in Groesbeek.
At his headstone: SHELTERED BY THE ROCK OF AGES, IN THE PERFECT LOVE OF JESUS HE IS SAFE FOR EVERMORE
His medals were: 1939-45 Star; France Germany Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; CVSM & Clasp.