Lisa, Scott and family so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.
Franklin Joseph Gutschenritter was born in Page County, Iowa on February 3, 1935 to William and Vergie (Pritchard) Gutschenritter. He entered into eternal rest on February 19, 2019 at his home in rural Imogene.
He attended Sentinel Country School before graduating from Shenandoah High School in 1953. After graduation he began his life long career in farming. This was interrupted by service to his country. Frank was drafted into the United States Army in March 1958. Served two years active duty, 18 months in Augsburg, Germany. This followed by three years in the Army Standby Reserves. He was honorably discharged in 1963.
Frank was united in marriage to his best friend Carol Ann Maher 58 years ago on July 11, 1960 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Imogene, Iowa. They were blessed with four great children: Tony, Lisa, Trent and Joe.
Frank was a lifelong member of St. Patrick Catholic Church having served on the Pastoral Council. He completed a three year Farm Management Program through Iowa Western Community College, sponsored by Veterans Administration under the G.I. Bill. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Enjoyed all of his grandchildren's activities and sporting events. Spent time reading farm related magazines. Going on "farm tours" and "checking crops" were also his favorite times. Visiting with family and friends were most important to him. He considered himself "the luckiest man alive" because he had the privilege of spending his entire life doing what he loved - farming. It was his job, his hobby, his pastime and his life. A man who lived with "no complaints and no regrets."
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers: Leo, Delmus and wife Pat, Carroll and infant brother and sister Geraldine Morelock and husband Glen.
Those left to cherish his memory include is wife Carol Ann, children: Tony (Roxanne), Lisa (Scott) Fisher, Trent (Tina), and Joe (Amy), ten grandchildren: Colton & Gracie Fisher, Katie, Steve, Sydney, Sara, Brady, Jane, Natalie and Adrian Gutschenritter, two great-grandchildren: Jacob and Declan, sister-in-law Darene Gutschenritter, nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Imogene. Burial will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Thursday evening at St. Patrick Catholic Church from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. The Rosary will be recited at 8:00 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to The Sons and Daughters of Imogene or The St. Patrick Heritage Garden.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Losing a father, grandfather and spouse is hard. We always enjoyed visiting with Frank when we had occasion to see him at events. He was obviously a hard working, responsible, caring and faithful man. May God rest his soul and may God's loving peace surround all of you.
Frank was one of my closest friends from Shenanoah High School. If I had to describe Frank it would be that one could always count on him...he was reliable and had a gift of common sense and decency. I haven't seen him in years, but will miss him nevertheless. He was a good man personified.
Carol and family. Jeanne and I are so sorry for your loss. I have always admired and respected Frank for his kindness, courtesy, work ethic, and his friendly and caring personality. Sincerely, Don Kocis
Carol I'm so sorry to hear that Frank passed away. I will always remember him as a fun loving man. My thoughts are with you at this time and if there is ever a time you need some help in any way let me know.. Love you my friend.
Carol and family, I am so sorry to hear of Franks passing. Words are hard to find at this time, but Frank was one of the nicest men I have ever known. each of you have my deepest sympathy. Gary l. Vanatta
I'm so sorry for your loss. You two were always such a beautiful couple . He is in God's hands now. He was part of Imogene & will be missed.
so Very sorry to hear about Mr. Gutschenritter. Jim always enjoyed their visits when we all were with our grandsons at the wrestling meets. Please now that we are thinking of you all & sending prayers. Jim & Connie Clark
We were heartbroken to hear of Frank's passing. He was such an amazing man. Our thoughts are with our friend and classmate Trent Gutschenritter, his wife Tina, their beautiful family, and all of the Gutschenritters. You are all in our prayers. With Sympathy, Ted & Ann Burchett
Dear Carol and Family. So sorry to learn of Frank's death. He was such a kind and patient man. Especially when he had to be my partner in bridge when Daryl and I would sub once in awhile! Hold your memories close to your heart. Sheila O'Tool
With our deepest sympathies from the bottom of our heart. Sorry for your loss Gutschenritter Family. Sincerely, Rod and Nancy Stivers
We send our love to all of you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Bob and Sue Burchett
Tom and I were so sorry to hear about Franks passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
My condolences go out to your entire family, May fond memories and Gods loving words comfort the family during this difficult time of mourning. Isaiah 57:15