The Springfield News-Leader from Springfield, Missouri on November 14, 2012 · Page Z8
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Harry Guttroff, 79 of Springfi eld passed away on Saturday November 10 in his home with his family by his side after a valiant battle with melanoma. Harry was greatly loved by his wife and family. He was born May 11, 1933 in New York, the eldest of three sons, to Matilda and Harold Guttroff with brothers Ray and Bob. He grew up in New York City and then moved to Douglaston, Long Island when he was seventeen. It was then that he met his sweetheart and life-long love, Joyce. They dated for fi ve years and were married in 1956. After being transferred to St. Louis, Missouri, Harry and Joyce had three daughters, Cindy, Beth, and Katie. The Guttroff family moved to Springfi eld in 1971. Harry began working for Harry Cooper Supply Company in 1974 and retired as the electrical sales manager in 1998. After that time he volunteered for numerous organizations such as the Discovery Center, Reed Middle School, the Library, and ESL tutoring at OTC. Harry was an amazing and one-of-a-kind person. He was always doing things for others, taking care of his family and friends. He had a great sense of humor and was so much fun to be around. Harry loved sailing and being outdoors. Every Sunday he would cook dinner for the entire family, 16 people plus friends. Harry also had a sense of adventure and traveled to many different countries. Harry will be profoundly missed by his wife, family, and many friends. Our lives will never be the same without him, but we are truly grateful for the time and love that he shared with us. He is survived by his wife, Joyce of 56 years, three daughters, Cindy Youngblood, Beth Kennedy and Katie Ellsworth, three sons-in-law, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 6-8 pm at the Klinger Cope Chapel at Rivermonte. Funeral services will be Wednesday November 14, 11 am at St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Church. The family request memorial donations in Harry’s name to the Keith Worthington ALS chapter, 1721 W. Elfi ndale St. Springfi eld, MO 65807 on behalf of his friend Howard Bell. Online condolences may be made at www.klingner- rivermonte.com. Harry Guttroff Nicholas “Nick” John Carras, age 85, died November 12, 2012 in the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon, Mo. Nick was born November 25, 1926 in Kansas City, Mo. He was an outstanding athlete at West Port High School and a four year football letterman at the University of Missouri. Nick joined the Merchant Marines near the end of World War II and served on an oil tanker traveling to the Aleutian Islands. He was in the United States Air Force during the Korean confl ict, serving two years as a fi tness trainer for pilots at Biggs Air Force Base in El Paso, Texas. He received a B.S. in Ed and M.Ed from the University of Missouri where he met his wife, Wanda Sallee. Nick and Wanda made their home in Springfi eld, Mo. Nick was a coach and counselor in the Springfi eld Public Schools for 29 years. He was a master wood carver and loved to work outside. Nick was preceded in death by his parents, John and Evanthia Carras (Karagiorgas); a brother, Gus Carras; sister-in-law, Daphne Carras; and nephew, John Carras. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Wanda; two daughters and their spouses, Cathy and Bruce Love, Bella Vista, Ark. and Nicki and Dale Gillespie, Strafford, Mo.; two grandchildren, Melissa Love and Travis Gillespie; two brothers, George Carras, Overland Park, Kan. and Jim and Kim Carras, Hideaway, Texas; sister-in-law, Dorothy Carras, Whittier, Calif.; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Mary Lou Sallee, Ava, Mo.; and many other loving family members and friends. A private family service will be held at a later date. We wish to thank the doctors and staff of the Mt. Vernon Missouri Veterans Home who provided such tender and respectful care. In lieu of fl owers, donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 1500 S. Glenstone, Spring- fi eld, MO 65804, the Missouri Veterans Home, 600 S. Hickory, Mt. Vernon, MO 65712 or the charity of your choice. Nick Carras Paul Bratcher, Jr, age 82, born in Caulfi eld, MO, was surrounded by his family when he passed away November 10, 2012 due to complications of Myelodys- plastic Syndrome which had advanced to acute leukemia. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary; two sons, Chris and wife Pam of Rogers, AR, Bruce and wife Jeannine of Nixa, MO, one brother, Clifton of Nixa, MO and wife Wanda. He is also survived by 3 grandsons, Kyle, Kaleb, Jacob, and one great-granddaughter, Amelia Grace, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, friends and business people he has touched over the years. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Clyde Bratcher and one sister Chlora Collins. Paul was involved in various areas of Agri-business throughout his life which eventually lead him to become an expert in repairing industrial sewing machines used in the livestock feed business. This part time business venture along with his hard work has grown to become Bratcher Bagging Equipment that sells, services and repairs all forms of scales and bagging equipment for a number of diverse industries. His business, until his retirement last year, employed three generations of the Bratcher family and numerous employees that were or became a part of his family. Paul was a Member of the Water Mill Church of Christ, was a Mason, Shriner, and ¼ Cherokee Indian which explains why he never forgot a name, face, or a good story. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 pm, Thursday, November 15, at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Springfi eld, under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home North. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 pm, Wednesday, November 14, in the funeral home. In lieu of fl owers, memorials are suggested to Fair Haven Children’s Home, Strafford, MO. Paul Bratcher, Jr Sister Patricia Williams, S.L., died peacefully in the Sisters of Loretto Mother- house in Nerinix, Kentucky on November 6, 2012. Patricia Ann Williams was born June 1, 1939 in Spring- fi eld, Missouri, the daughter of Berneice and Tom Williams. She is preceded in death by her parents. She attended St. Agnes Grade School and High School. She entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Loretto after high school in 1957. After graduating from Webster College, St. Louis, Missouri, she taught in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Santa Clara, California, and El Paso, Texas. During Pat’s thirty years in El Paso, she taught for six years in the elementary school, served for twenty years as the founder and principal of Loretto Middle School, and served as president for her fi nal four years there. In 2000, she returned to Springfi eld and entered a clinical pastoral education program. She became a board-certifi ed chaplain and member of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. She served as a chaplain at Mercy Hospital, Springfi eld, until 2012. Pat is survived by numerous cousins, friends, and fellow members of the Loretto Community. She remained an active member of St. Agnes Cathedral until her death. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 17, in St. Agnes Cathedral. In lieu of fl owers, donations may be made to the Loretto Community Development Offi ce, 4000 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Littleton, CO 80123. Sister Patricia Williams, S.L. Vesta Lou (Betsy) Luthy, 68, Lebanon, Mo., passed away November 10, 2012. She was born in Spring- fi eld, Mo. April 24, 1944 to George T. Carr and Vesta Hada Meents Carr, who preceded her in death and brother, John Carr. She was associated with Detroit Tool and Die Metal Products; owner and operator of Kids Boutique in Lebanon, Mo.; and very active in Republican Women’s Club and a member of First Baptist Church. Survivors include: two sons, Scott Luthy and his wife, Keshian and Chad Luthy, all of Lebanon; daughter, Angie Heard and husband Dr. Jeff Heard of Springfi eld, Mo.; grandchildren, Alexandra, Karis and Spencer Hefton and Nashe, Haddi, and Kaigan Luthy, Chase Heard and wife Michelle and their children, Jada and Idra Heard, and Lakin Croteau and husband Ben, and their sons, Yuma and Zion Croteau; one sister, Margaret Russell and husband John T. of Lebanon; three brothers, George E. Carr and wife Ann of Lebanon, Richard Carr and wife Karen of Destin, Florida, and Mike Carr of Mesa, Arizona; several other relatives and many friends. Services will be held in First Baptist Church in Lebanon, Mo. at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 17 with Matt Taylor and Ben Moor offi ciating. Visitation will be Friday, November 16, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Shadel’s Colonial Chapel, 1001 N. Lynn, Lebanon. Burial will be in Mt. Rose Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, Project 25:35; Shadel’s Colonial Chapel, P.O. Box 948 Lebanon, MO 65536. Vesta Lou (Betsy) Luthy Evan Ryan Barrett, newborn son of Erika Barrett and William Selden of Springfi eld, Mo, passed away Thursday, November 1, 2012 in Barnes-Jewish Hospital, after two precious hours of life in his loving family’s arms. Evan is survived by his parents; grandparents: Daniel and Audre Barrett of Billings, Mo.; greatgrandparents: Robert and Janice Barrett of South Milwaukee, Wisc.; Aunts: Kelsey Barrett of Springfi eld, Mo. and Jamie Barrett of Tallahassee, FL. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Evan Ryan Barrett

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