Gridley- Duane Guth, 84, of Gridley, IL passed away at 8:50 am
on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at his home in Gridley after an
extended illness with strokes and Parkinson's disease.
He was born on May 31, 1929 in rural El Paso to Sol and Elsie
Heiple Guth. His family moved to a farm south of Gridley
where he farmed until his retirement in 2006.
He married Alice Shive at Meadows on November 19, 1949.
They recently celebrated their 64th anniversary
together. Surviving are his wife Alice of Gridley, two
daughters, Brenda (Steve) Hart of Newport News, VA; Karen (Tom)
Marks of West Salem, IL; two sons, Ronald (Brenda) Guth of Gridley,
IL; David (Lenora) Guth of Bloomington, IL; five grandchildren,
Randall, Miranda, Andrea of West Salem, IL; Alexandra, Ryan
and one great-grandson, Tristen Rotholtz all of Bloomington, IL;
two sisters-in-law, Helen Guth of Normal, IL and Lois Guth of
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Robert and
Emerson, one sister, Arlene Poppe, and an infant daughter.
Duane graduated from Gridley High School and attended Brown's
Business College in Peoria. Besides farming, he worked in
retail stores in the area during the winter. He enjoyed
playing pinochle with private and Senior Citizen groups. He
also enjoyed music. He played the piano and organ and enjoyed
singing with the church choir and community chorus. Duane had
traveled to 30 of the states including Canada and Mexico before he
became unable to drive.
The family attended the First United Church in Gridley where
funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December
7, 2013. Rev. Andy Huette will officiate. Visitation
will be held from 11-1 pm at the church before the service.
Burial will be in Gridley Cemetery. Ruestman-Harris Funeral
Home in El Paso is assisting the family with their
Memorial contributions may be made to the church or the El-Paso
Gridley School District Foundation. Online condolences may be
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