Robert Leo “Bob” Guthrie, Jr.
May 22, 1930 ‒ December 15, 2016
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.
Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting:SnyderFuneralHomes.com