Robert Leo “Bob” Guthrie, Jr.

May 22, 1930 ‒ December 15, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Robert Leo “Bob” Guthrie Jr., 86, of Mansfield passed away Thursday morning, December 15, 2016 in Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital.

Bob was born in Shelby on May 22, 1930 to Robert and Helen Guthrie and was graduated from Shelby High School in 1948. Bob served in the Navy and was honorably discharged.  On June 21, 1953 he married Dorothy Cole.  The two celebrated 62 years of marriage.  He was employed at Mansfield Tire & Rubber Company for 27 years and Pepsi Cola for 20 years as the special markets manager.

Bob was a sports enthusiast.  Along with Harry Mehock, Robert was instrumental in raising money and building the Mehock Track.  He officiated for the prestigious Mehock Relays and even found housing for all of the athletes during the relays.  Bob officiated track at the junior high, high school, and college levels.  He was also selected to officiate the 1988 Olympic Trials.  For 35 years he coached for Mansfield’s youth flag football program, Woodland Football.  He worked high school football games as one of the chain crew at Arlin Field for almost 50 years!

Bob received many awards for his service to the youth and Mansfield community.  He was honored to be inducted to the Mansfield Senior High School Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Ohio Officials Hall of Fame in 2003.

He was a member of the Ohio High School Track Association and Richland County Track Association.  The Masonic Lodge F & AM #35, the Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus, and Little Washington Congregational Church.

To Bob, family was everything and he loved cheering for his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Baseball and soccer games or band practice, Bob was always in the stands supporting his family.  A huge Buckeyes fan, he loved cheering for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Happy, he laughed easy and often.  Bob had a great sense of humor.  He will be remembered for his kind and generous spirit.

Bob is survived by his children Michelle Barlow of Mansfield, Stacey Hubbard of Lexington and Scott Guthrie of Portland, Oregon; grandchildren Andy Hubbard, Adam (Marissa Schillinger) Hubbard, and Sean Guthrie; great grandchildren Allie and Alex Hubbard and their mother Sara Cobb; siblings Donna Lewis and Daneen  Haggard; sisters-in-law Peg (Don) Wyatt of Mansfield and Becky (Rich) Hanks of Niles.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Guthrie and sister Diane Davis.

The family will receive friends Saturday, January 7, 2016 in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  To celebrate Bob’s passion for The Ohio State Buckeyes, guests are encouraged to wear their scarlet and grey jerseys, shirts, or sweaters.   Memorial services honoring the life of Robert Leo Guthrie, Jr. will begin at 12 p.m.  Military honors performed by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will follow on the grounds of the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Mansfield Senior High School Athletic Department may be made by through the funeral home.

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  • Stacey and family,
    Whether Bob was your father, a family member, or a friend, he lived his life with a smile, love in his heart, compassion for people and kids, and life itself. I was always greeted with a smile, or joke and n honest hug. There is a saying, ” It is not how long a man lives, but how deep the love is.” He was truly a wonderful man who wore his heart on his sleeve.
    May you find comfort in his memories and know how deep his love ran for not only his family and this community, but for life itself . You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Rest In Peace Mr. Guthrie,
    I was one of those kids you coached at Flag Football at Woodland ES in the 70’s. Thanks for your caring and time. Thoughts and prayers to your family!
    Very Respectfully,
    George Antoniou

  • Bob and Dorothy were Great and Loving people who will be watching us from Heaven. I praise the Lord for having known them.

  • Our prayers to Stacy, Adam, and the rest of the family of Bob. He was a great man and always treated everybody with love and respect. He will be missed greatly. So very sorry for your loss.

  • Sorry to hear the sad news. Bob was a fine gentleman I had the honor of knowing. Rest In Peace my friend. Bless the family .

  • Dear Guthrie Family,
    Coach Bob was my first ever football coach for the Woodland Broncos. Such great memories of our times both in practice where he wielded the perfect balance of love for the game and humor at having to work with such young boys. He lead us to a Co-City Championship in my last year playing with him. It was my honor to later see Bob as a high school player for Malabar both on the football field and at the Mehock track as he officiated. I always sought him out to say hi and he always had a minute to talk no matter how busy he was. Just a great man.
    I’m so sorry for your loss and the loss to our community. We are better people and Mansfield is a better place because of Bob. Thank you for sharing him with us.
    Mike Gouge

  • Bob was a great man and friend to many. I served with him for many years helping with the housing of all the Mehock Relays kids. He was fun to work with and always kept things low key. He would often visit us at Mansfield Printing with my Dad. He was always fund to see on the sidelines of the football games in my officiating days!

  • Dear Guthrie Family,
    I’m saddened to learn of Bob’s passing. What a true gentleman! I feel like we lost one of the last ‘Mansfield Legends’.
    He was a good friend to the Goldsmith family. I have great memories of Bob and especially his sense of humor. Always upbeat and happy to see us.
    I last saw him at Dad’s funeral service in 2013. Being with him brought back such sweet memories. I can still see him coaching my Brother and classmates at Woodland on the field behind Appleseed School. Seems like yesterday.

    May prayers and good memories comfort you during this difficult time.

    Laura Goldsmith Kinsey

  • Guthrie family….Shelly, Stacey, cousin Debbie,
    My sincere sympathy for the entire family. Your Dad was a great, funny, helpful and smart guy!

  • Bob Guthrie was a coach of mine when I “played” for the Woodland Broncos in the 70’s. I still have a picture in which I was standing next to the team when I was in third grade. Coach Guthrie allowed me to participate on a kick off return, plus I believe that I might have been a team shirt manager. This may not seem like an extraordinary story , but I am grateful for Coach Guthrie for allowing a girl to participate in a sport that is normally dominated by males. By the way, I still cannot catch a football …lol.
    The next year, I CHOSE to transition to a more traditional role of cheerleader, but I always will remember that Coach Guthrie gave me the opportunity to be on the team!!

    Great Man and Mentor to many people!

  • To the Guthrie Family,

    My condolences on what a great person you have lost. Coach Guthrie was the very first coach I had for the Woodland Broncos. He was such a caring person and always wanted the best for the kids he coached. He touched so many lives through the years and there are so many people that are better off because of him. He holds a very dear place in my heart and he will always be remembered.