Robert Edward Guthland, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Retired, departed to join his wife, Lillian Isabelle Guthland, and his son, David Edward Guthland in a heavenly home coming on September 23rd, 2013 in Independence, MO at his home. Bob, as he was known to family and friends, was born October 19th, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri was adopted by Elizabeth Bernadine Guthland, and Edward Guthland at 18 months of age from the Children’s Home of St. Louis, MO. In 1945, he joined the US Navy, was posted to the USS Columbus out of Long Beach, California. In 1947, he was honorably discharged from the Navy and began his university studies at Northwest Missouri State Teacher’s College. On February 2, 1951 he was united in marriage to Lillian Isabelle Sickels of Mount Ayr, Iowa. Upon receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Math, he was commissioned into the Air Force in August of 1952 and attended Meteorology Officer training at Florida State University. His military career highlights included flying 27 missions through the eye of typhoons when stationed at Anderson Field, Guam, US Pacific Territories. In July of 1973, Lt. Colonel Guthland retired from active duty service after numerous duty assignments at the squadron, wing and command level. His decorations include the; Meritorious Service Medical, Air Force Commendation Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal. After moving his family to Maryville, Missouri and receiving a Masters in Education, he became the Director, Horace Mann Laboratory School which is part of and on the Northwest Missouri State University campus. He served in that role for 8 years. During his tenure at Northwest Missouri State University, he also was nominated by Maryville City Council, and served his as Municipal Court Judge, Maryville, Missouri. Bob was a member of Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association, and served as its Director for over 16 years. Bob was a member of the First Christian Church of Blue Springs, MO. He was preceded in death by his wife Lillian Isabelle, son David Guthland and his parents, Edward and Elizabeth Guthland.
In addition, he is survived by his sons, Rex Guthland and wife Gayle of Waconia, MN; Scott Guthland and wife Tammy of Sykesville, MD; daughter, Christine Johnson and husband David Scott Johnson of Blue Springs, 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be 9:00 am September 28th, 2013 at First Christian Church of Blue Springs, 701 Northwest 15th Street, Blue Springs, MO. Funeral services will follow visitation at 10:30 am at the church. Burial with military honors will be at Miriam Cemetery in Maryville, MO at 3:00 pm on the 28th of September. Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to First Christian Church of Blue Springs. Arrangements entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel, Blue Springs, MO. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.