Roger Ansen Gurthet

Born: Mon., Dec. 23, 1929
Died: Sat., Apr. 13, 2019


9:30 AM to 11:00 PM, Tue., Apr. 16, 2019
Location: St. Pius X Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Tue., Apr. 16, 2019
Location: St. Pius X Catholic Church

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Roger A. Gurthet

Dec. 23, 1929 - April 13, 2019

MISHAWAKA, IN - Roger Ansen Gurthet, 89, of Mishawaka passed away at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13 in Primrose Retirement Community following a lengthy illness. Mr. Gurthet was born December 23, 1929 in Argos, IN to the late Ruby H. (Thomas) and Clair L. Gurthet. He has lived in the South Bend area over 64 years. In 1947 he graduated from Plymouth High School and afterwards attended the University of Illinois on an ROTC scholarship. After graduation, Roger was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy for 3 years and saw action during the Korean War. He went on to serve in the U.S. Naval Reserves for 33 years, retiring with the rank of Commander in 1989. He worked for the Bendix Corporation in South Bend for 22 years, the South Bend Community School Corporation, and the Honeywell Corporation. 

On October 15, 1955 in Ashkum, IL he married Loyola R. Fruin who preceded him in death October 24, 2001. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth L. “Betty” Beatty. On May 25, 2002 he married Mildred M. Peters who survives. Also surviving is his daughter, Jane A. Williamson (Vince) of Pacheco, CA; his sons, Jerry W. Gurthet (Shelby) of Fayetteville, AR, John P. “Pat” Gurthet (Susan) of South Bend, and Thomas A. Gurthet (Kelly) of Baltimore, MD; his stepchildren, Virginia “Ginny” Van DeVeire (Robert) of Tempe, AZ, Elizabeth “Betsy” Campeau (Robert) of Osceola, IN, Mary Wain (Michael) of Union, MI, and Dan Peters of Ocala, FL; eight grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and his brother, Harry L. “Lou” (Joan) Gurthet of Cedar, MI. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 16 in St. Pius X Catholic Church with Monsignor William Schooler officiating. Cremation will follow with burial in Ashkum Cemetery, Ashkum, IL at a later date. The family will receive friends in the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass at 11:00. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions in Roger's name may be made to the American Cancer Society  in lieu of flowers. Family and friends may leave email condolences at

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

American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division, Northwest Indiana Office
130 Red Coach Drive, Mishawaka, IN 46545

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Corinne Bess
   Posted Mon April 15, 2019
I was so sorry to read about Roger this morning. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the visitation or funeral tomorrow.

I lost contact with Roger and Millie after they moved, but could not find their new address.

Roger had a great personality. We had some good times at Honeywell. I still make your mom's orange chicken recipe.

My deepest symphony to the family.

Corinne Bess

Marjorie and Douglas Kinsey
   Posted Mon April 15, 2019
A good long live is over and the loving family is almost gone from this area. Change is inevitable. We wanted our good friend Jane Williamson to know that we are still here and thinking of her.

Christine Cushman
   Posted Thu May 02, 2019
Millie, I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know until now so I'm late but I still want to express my sympathy. Please know that I am thinking of you and I know that it will take a while but I wish you peace as time passes. Your friend, Chris