Richard Earl (Dick) Guthrie passed away Tuesday morning, January 21, 2014, in Van Wert, Ohio.
was born January 11, 1937, in Washington, PA. A standout wrestler and
football player at Trinity High School, he attended Taylor University in
Upland, Indiana, on a football scholarship. After college he joined the
staff at Peters Township High School, where he taught for eighteen
years. After leaving teaching, he started ServiceMaster Cleaning
Services by Guthrie, which grew into a thriving business.
1964, Dick was a devoted member of the Upper St. Clair Alliance Church,
where at various times he sang in the choir, led the Monday night prayer
meeting, taught Sunday School, and served as Properties Manager. He was
Head Elder and, at the time of his death, Elder Emeritus. Dick was
active in the Rotary Club and for a time was President of the Peters
Township Chamber of Commerce. He volunteered for many years at the
Washington City Mission, where he also served a term as Chairman of the
Dick is survived by his wife, Mary Johns-Guthrie, of Van Wert, Ohio,
who brought so much joy to his last months. He was loved and will be
missed by his two children, Mrs. Shari (Walter) McRae of Richmond, VA
and Dr. Steven (Julie) Guthrie of Nashville, TN. His loss is also felt
deeply by his sisters, Joyce Guthrie and Crystal Guthrie; by his seven
grandchildren: Ben (Courtney) McRae, Erin (Jose) Nogueira, Jacob
(Samantha) McRae, and Joel, Noah, Sophie and Lucy Guthrie, and one
great-grandchild, Chloe Jayne McRae. Dick was predeceased in 2011 by his
beloved wife of 52 years, Sally Guthrie. He also was predeceased by one
grandson, Samuel Lewis Guthrie. He was cherished by his many nieces,
nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Above all Dick was profoundly devoted to his Lord, Jesus Christ, in whose presence he now finds rest and healing.
arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends welcome at 2828 Washington Rd.,
McMurray, 724-941-3211 on Sunday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM. Additional
visitation will be held on Monday at the Upper St. Clair Alliance
Church, 2510 Old Washington Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15241 from 10 AM until
the time of the service at 11 AM. Interment Forest Lawn Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Washington City Mission or Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
Cowan Funeral Home, Van Wert, was in charge of local arrangements.