Richard H. Gutermuth

Born: Sat., Apr. 4, 1925
Died: Tue., Apr. 17, 2018


12:30 PM to 2:00 PM, Sat., Apr. 21, 2018
Location: Clay Church

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Apr. 21, 2018
Location: Clay Church

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Richard H. Gutermuth

April 4, 1925 - April 17, 2018

SOUTH BEND - Richard H. Gutermuth, age 93, of South Bend and Donnell Lake near Vandalia, Michigan, passed away on April 17, 2018 at Memorial Hospital of complications from a stroke.

He was born on April 4, 1925 in Elkhart, IN to Russell and Louise Gutermuth. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Townsend L. (Tom) Gutermuth.

On June 17, 1951 he married Barbara Ann Bracey in Decatur, Indiana, who survives. Also surviving are three sons, Scott Gutermuth (wife Letha) of Indianapolis, Indiana, Terry Gutermuth (wife Wendy) of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and Stephen Gutermuth of Atlanta, Georgia. He has two grandsons, Erik and Brian Gutermuth both of St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

Richard graduated from Elkhart High School where he was on the tennis team. He served 35 months in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman during World War II. Following the war he graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 1950 with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. He was an accountant for Associates Investment Co., Ames Co., and South Bend Lathe. He retired from South Bend Lathe in 1991.

He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He was a Charter Member and past treasurer of the Clay United Methodist Church. Dick was also a life member of the Elks Lodge BPOE No. 235 of South Bend. He was a member of the Donnell Lake Conservation Club and the Donnell Lake Association.

Memorial contributions may be made to Clay United Methodist Church, South Bend, Indiana.

Visitation will precede the service at Clay United Methodist Church, 52866 North Ironwood Rd., South Bend, Indiana starting at 12:30 pm on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The service will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm with burial following at Rice Cemetery in Elkhart, Indiana.

Welsheimer Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Family and friends may leave email condolences at 

Charitable donations may be made in Richard's memory to the following organization:

Clay Church
52866 Ironwood Rd, South Bend

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Robert and Margaret Baugh
   Posted Thu April 26, 2018
Sincere Sympathy from your Donnell Lake friends of MANY years from Iowa