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Ray E. Guthridge

Mar 19, 2013 - Staff

Ray E. Guthridge died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at his home in Lander after a brief illness. He was 92 years old.

A memorial service is at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Chapel of Mount Hope, Hudson's Funeral Home in Lander.

Ray E. Guthridge was born June 26, 1920, in Weedpatch, Calif. He was the only son among six children of David Monroe Guthridge and Annie (Patty) Guthridge.

He graduated from high school in Bakersfield, Ca. He served in the U.S. Navy from May 1942 to September 1945. Most of his service time was on the Attu Islands off the coast of Alaska.

Ray married Esther May Fraser in January 1942. They had four children together.

They moved to Wyoming to start a homestead in North Portal in 1950. The family moved to Lander in 1964, when Mr, Guthridge began his 26-year career with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. He worked the construction crews for many years before starting the government surplus program to provide needed supplies for the Game and Fish employees. He retired in 1986.

Mrs. Guthridge died in January 1996, after a long illness. They had been married 54 years.

He married Ruth Clement in Laughlin, Nev. They resided in Lander

and were married for 17 years until his death.

Family members said Ray Guthridge enjoyed hunting, fishing and rock hunting, but most of all spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth; children Ray E. Guthridge Jr. and wife Sharyn; Susan Beliaj and husband Walt; David Guthridge and wife Krista; and Sharlee Bun. His eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also survive.

Memorial donations may be mailed to Amedisys Hospice Care in Lander, or to any charity of choice. Services are under the direction of Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander.

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