Jack Wesley Guthrie

Born: Tue., Nov. 23, 1948
Died: Sat., Sep. 15, 2018


12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sat., Sep. 22, 2018
Location: Dockery United Methodist Church

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Sep. 22, 2018
Location: Dockery United Methodist Church

Graveside Service

1:00 PM Sun., Sep. 23, 2018
Location: Pauline Cemetery

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Jack Wesley Guthrie was born November 23rd, 1948 in Kingman, Arizona.  His parents were Fred and Arlene Midyett Guthrie.  Jack lived the first five years of his life on a boxcar moving up and down the railroads of northern Arizona on the Navajo Indian reservations, while his father Fred served as a foreman for the Santa Fe Railroad.  When it was time for Jack to start school, his father was permanently stationed in Houck, Arizona.  Jack attended primary school at the Tegawitha Indian Mission in Houck.  In 1957 his father was transferred to Hackberry, Arizona, where Jack continued his schooling.  After his father’s death in 1958, Jack and his mother Arlene moved back to Stanberry, MO to be closer to family.  He lived for two years on the Midyett family farm with his mother Arlene, grandmother Dell Midyett, and his Uncle Victor Midyett, who was a loving father figure to Jack.  Arlene remarried Laurel Murphy of Stanberry, MO.  Jack lived the rest of his childhood on Arlene and Laurel’s family farm just outside of Stanberry.  Jack loved working on the farm with his mother, Arlene, and enjoyed eating his mother’s pan fried chicken and her home style meals.  
Jack attended Stanberry High School, where he graduated from in 1966.  Jack then attended Southwest Baptist College in Boliver, MO, receiving a Bachelor’s in History.  Later he earned a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Central Missouri State in Warrensburg.  
Upon graduating from college, Jack enlisted in the United States Navy in 1971.  He was assigned to the RVAH-5, Reconnaissance Attack (Heavy) Squadron of the US Navy.  He was on three tours of duty in Vietnam serving upon the USS Enterprise, USS Ranger, and USS Constellation.  He was honorably discharged in 1975.  He continued to serve his country for ten years in the US Navy Reserves.

Jack then started his professional career with the state of Missouri in the Division of Employment Security (DES) in Lexington, MO.  He was the local office manager in Kirksville and Moberly.  In 1989 he was promoted to the central office in Jefferson City, MO.  During his time at Jefferson City, he worked in several roles, including Veterans Service Manager of the entire state of Missouri for DES.  Jack retired in 2006 from the Division of Workforce Development, where he finished his career as a Regional Office Manager.  
While working throughout Missouri, Jack participated in many service organizations.  He was a lifetime member of the VFW, a member of the American Legion, and a member of the Lions Club and Jaycees club of Kirksville.  Jack also enjoyed doing volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson City, and the Trenton Heroes basketball program.
Jack married Lucinda (Cindy) McCabe in Rutledge, MO in July of 1983.  Their marriage was filled with love and joy.  They held hands, gave kisses, took many wonderful vacations to mountains and beaches, and danced lovingly for 35 beautiful years.  Jack and Cindy were blessed with a son, Jon Wesley Guthrie, in 1985.  Jack loved his son dearly, attending countless ball games and school activities that Jon performed in while attending Jefferson City Public Schools.  One of Jack’s favorite duties as a truly dedicated father was driving his son and his friends to ball games and practices, and hosting his son’s friends, the Woodward boys, for many spirited gatherings at his home in Jefferson City.  Jack also enjoyed his many friendships.  Some of his favorite activities were his golf outings and his First Wednesday group.  
Jack also cherished spending time with his extended family.  He loved going on fishing trips and vacations with his Uncles.  Jack was also a brotherly figure to his cousins: Cindy McCoy, Diane Midyett, Vanessa Gaines, Ruel Midyett, and many other Midyett cousins.  He was always there to love and support them.  Following his marriage to Cindy, Jack treasured attending family vacations and holidays with his wife’s family in Rutledge, Gower, Mark Twain Lake, Branson, the State Fair, Jefferson City, and Trenton.  Jack was a devoted son-in-law to his wife’s parents, Hillis and Eilene McCabe.  Jack also enjoyed being a loving brother-in-law to Cindy’s sisters: Cheryl and her husband Jim Nowell, and Carol McCabe.  He loved being an uncle to four beautiful nieces and nephew:  Sara and her husband Edward Gize, Lori and her husband John Casteel, Valerie and her fiancé Jesse Jarvis, and Nick and his wife Kelli Oldham.  He also loved his three grandnieces and nephew:  Lydia and Alana Gize, and Reid Oldham.  
In 2010, Jack and Cindy were blessed when their son, Jon, married Amy Schweizer of Centerville, IA.  Jon and Amy bestowed upon Jack and Cindy three beautiful grandchildren:  James Wesley, Nora Eilene, and Lucille (Lucy) Elaine.  In 2016, Jack and Cindy moved to Trenton, MO to spend more time with their family.  Jack was known as Pop to his grandchildren.  One of his favorite activities to do at the end of his life was to love on James, Nora, and Lucy, giving them big bear hugs and kisses, reading them picture books, rocking them in his recliner, building them playhouses and wood toy chests, playing outdoor activities with the grandchildren in his backyard, taking them on vacations, and coaching them in sports, such as Tee-ball.  Jack was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend.          
Jack was preceded in death by his father, mother, stepfather, uncles, aunts, and father-in-law.  He truly will be missed by his family, friends, and those who had the opportunity to get to know him.  
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Dockery Chapel West of Trenton.  A visitation is scheduled from noon until service time Saturday.  Burial will be at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, September 23 at Pauline Cemetery in Rutledge, MO.  Memorial donations are suggested to The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, Trenton Hero’s, or the Pauline Cemetery and may be mailed to Whitaker Eads Funeral Home in Trenton.

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dub and jan england
   Posted Mon September 17, 2018
We are so sorry to hear of Jack's death. We send our sympathy to his sweet family and know he will be sorely missed. Prayers for peace and calm.

Ed Greenslit
   Posted Mon September 17, 2018
I am so very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. I very much enjoyed working for him and visiting with him at the office. A truly great man who cares very much for people.

William Dent
   Posted Mon September 17, 2018
Dear Cindy, please know of our thoughts and prayers and this time of sadness and loss. Jack was one of the good guys. I always appreciated his humor. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Prayers, Bill and Karen Dent

Brent Hardy
   Posted Mon September 17, 2018
Cindy..My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family for you loss.. Jack was an awesome man. He will be missed.. We talk about you guys often at our First Wednesday get togethers..

Harold Ewing
   Posted Mon September 17, 2018
Cindy, we are so sorry to hear about Jack's passing. I am so glad we had the chance to visit with you and Jack when you stopped in Palm Springs and had breakfast with us this past March. He will be sorely missed.

Harold Ewing
Kevin Wilcoxon

Lisa K Johnson
   Posted Mon September 17, 2018
I am sorry to hear of Jack's passing. My condolences to all of his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Debbie Atkinson
   Posted Tue September 18, 2018
I am so sad to hear about Jack, Cindy. I so enjoyed knowing the both of you when we worked together for the state. Both of you were always very kind to me. You are in my prayers.

Jim Lowery
   Posted Tue September 18, 2018
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Sending Purple Pride thoughts your way. Grace and Peace✝️

Rachel Heimer
   Posted Tue September 18, 2018
Dear Cindy & Family - My sincere sympathy to you all on Jack's passing. I have many memories of Jack when we worked together in the Lexington Job Service office and all our memories while employees of the MODES. My prayers to you for strength in the many days ahead.

Bev Kelsay
   Posted Tue September 18, 2018
Cindy, sending prayers to you and your family at this sad time. I enjoyed working with Jack and learned a lot from him. He will be greatly missed.

Kent & Laura Moreland
   Posted Thu September 20, 2018
Sorry for your loss. Jack was a great guy whom I always admired and liked. He was friendly to me when I needed a friend years ago.

Roger & Charlene Brown
   Posted Thu September 20, 2018
Roger and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of Jack. You and the family have our deepest condolence. We will not be able to make it for the funeral because of me just having back surgery. Our prayers are with you.

Will be thinking of you and your family

Nancy Onarheim
   Posted Thu September 20, 2018

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Gary .

With our deepest sympathy you are in our thoughts and prayers. Gary & Nancy Onarheim and family

Dr.John Howard
   Posted Thu September 20, 2018
My sincerest sympathy to Jack's family. Although family and life in general did not allow me to keep in touch with Jack I have many fond memories. He land I lived about 2 miles apart just north of Stanberry. We often road the bus to and from school together. I always could count on him to be a friend during those times. His quiet friendly personality I will always
May he rest in peace

Tom Mary and Kary Klinginsmith.
   Posted Thu September 20, 2018
So very sorry,I enjoyed doing business with over the years,he always worked me over the prices.but enjoyed him very much.He will be missed.

Connie Gregory Oppedal
   Posted Fri September 21, 2018
I remember Jack well from his time at SHS. He was always a quiet guy and so kind. Our sympathies to his family and friends. God bless.

John and Lois Ruth
   Posted Fri September 21, 2018
Cindy, Jon, Amy, and children. We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, father, and grandfather. You all have been in our thoughts and prayers and we send you our heartfelt sympathy. May you celebrate Jack's life at this time and hold his presence forever close in your hearts. Blessings to all, John and Lois Ruth

Dr. Paul & Barbara Cox
   Posted Fri September 21, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Your Dad will be missed.

Tammy and Steve Gondringer
   Posted Fri September 21, 2018
I was so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I've been praying for you all during this time. Your family is in our thoughts.

Susan Kribbs
   Posted Sat September 22, 2018
I have many fond childhood memories of Jack while living with Vesper and Marvin. He would always stop in when out on leave. In my teen years he would challenge me to keep up on his 5 mile run! He was our hero, our Navy serviceman, our cousin, our friend and he will be dearly missed. Our deepest condolences to you Cindy, Jon, Amy, and family.
Much love - Susie

John E. Sparks
   Posted Sat September 22, 2018
Was very sad to learn of Jack's passing. We were both students at Southwest Baptist College in the late 60's and I knew him then. We went our separate ways, but I still have good memories of our friendship in those days of our youth.
John E. Sparks

Courtney Goforth
   Posted Tue September 25, 2018
I remember, as a counselor, helping Jack fill out admission forms so that he could attend Southwest Baptist College at Bolivar. It sounds as if he lived a rich and rewarding life.

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