Jean P. Shute, 69, a retired Army Reserve lieutenant colonel who saw active duty in World War II and later was a civilian manpower specialist for the Department of the Army, died of cancer Friday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Col. Shute, who served 29 years of active duty with the Army Reserve, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery in 1933. He served for a year with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Harlan County, Ky., and was a personnel officer at Fort Hayes, Ohio, before World War II.

During the war, he was a personnel officer at European Command headquarters in England and in Bremerhaven, Germany.

After the war, he returned to this country and held a number of staff positions in the manpower division of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff here. He also served a tour in Korea in 1955. He was assigned to the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Force Development when he retired in 1959.

He was a civilian manpower specialist for the Army from 1959 until retiring a second time in 1977. He received the Army Department's superior civilian award.

Born in Montreal, he grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Ohio State University. He had been a resident of Bethesda since 1956.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Rice Shute, and a son, Jean Derby, of Methesda, and a brother, Charles, of Columbus.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Georgetown University Library or Fernwood Nature Center in Niles, Mich.