William R. “Bill” Guthrie, age 72, of Stryker, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Toledo Hospital. Prior to his retirement in 2004 he had worked as an electrician for Anderson-Vreeland in Bryan for 15 years.
Bill was born in Stryker on November 21, 1942, the son of Frederic and Margaret (Grubbs) Guthrie. On November 8, 1986 he married Sharon Ryan, and she survives. He was an Army Veteran of the Viet Nam War. He was a member of the Stryker American Legion Post 60 and a member of the Bryan AMVETS Post 54. He enjoyed hunting, camping, and hiking. He was also a Ham Radio Operator and a “retired Bingo player”.
Surviving is his wife, Sharon; two sons, Tony Russel (Jill) Guthrie of Pioneer, William Frederic (Linda) Guthrie of Stryker; step-son, Bobby Bigger of Bryan; grandchildren, Karina, Kayden, Ashlynn, Katelynn, Shandy, Robert, and, Enoch. He is also survived by a sister, Linda (Everett) Cooper of Stryker; uncle, Walt (Vanice) Guthrie of Stryker; and his pet dog, Skippy. He was preceded in death by his parents, and pet dogs, Kati Jo and Lady.
Visitation for Bill will be held on from 2:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the Grisier Funeral Home in Stryker. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, at the United Brethren Church in Stryker, with Pastor Nick Woodall, officiating. Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Stryker. The family request that memorial contributions be given to the Williams County Humane Society.