Phillip E. Gutman

January 5, 1930December 22, 2017

Phillip E. Gutman Sr. 87 of Fort Wayne went home to be with the Lord on Friday December 22, 2017. Born January 5, 1930 in Fort Wayne Indiana, he was the son of Fronc Gutman and Beulah (Holman) Gutman. He graduated from North Side High School and attended Indiana University on a Football scholarship, receiving a B.S. in Business Administration. While in the undergraduate program at IU, he was an active member of the Air Force ROTC. He served in the Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant from 1952-1954. After his military service, Phil returned to Indiana University and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in Law. He met his wife, Carolyn (Prickett) Gutman in Bloomington, IN and they were married on September 3, 1955. They moved to Fort Wayne to make their home. Phillip became a partner in the law firm of Rothberg, Gallmeyer, Fruechtenicht and Logan. He later joined Summers and Company (which subsequently merged into Hilliard Lyons) as a municipal investment banker in public finance. Phillip served as a precinct committee man and ward chairman. He also served in the Indiana State Senate from 1969 through 1976. He was elected and served as President Pro Tempore of the Indiana State Senate from 1971 through 1976. During his service in the Indiana State Senate he encouraged numerous reforms that modernized the Indiana General Assembly. He served as Chair of the Indiana Code Revision Commission, which organized the acts passed by the legislature since 1851 into a readable subject-matter code. In 1973 he supported the Bowen tax package that provided a framework for property tax relief. Phil served on numerous boards including: Parkview Memorial Hospital, University of Central Indiana (subsequently renamed University of Indianapolis), Rotary Club, YMCA, Quest Club, Life Member North Side Alumni Association and Concordia Educational Foundation, Inc. He also served his church as a charter member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. He sat on several boards and committees in the Church; serving the Northern Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church as chairman of the Finance Committee. Phillip was honored with a Sagamore of the Wabash award by Governor Otis R. Bowen. Phillip's greatest joy was his family He was a loving brother, husband, and a dedicated and loving father and grandfather. He is survived by his brother Dr. Froncie A. Gutman (Bonnie) (Ohio); son, Phillip E. Gutman Jr. (Laura); daughter, Gretchen K. Gutman (George Angelone); son Kurt A. Gutman (Carrie); and by his six (6) grandchildren, Jaclyn E. Gutman, Phillip E. Gutman, III, Andrew D. Gutman, Kathryn M Gutman, Emily E. Gutman and D. Joseph Gutman. Phil is preceded in death by his mother and father and his beloved wife Carolyn, who passed away November 20, 2011. They were married for fifty-six years. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral Home-Pine Valley, 1320 East Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne, Indiana. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2417 Getz Road, with calling one hour prior. Entombment will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana after the Memorial Service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Concordia Education Foundation, Inc. or Indiana University Athletics - Men's Soccer Program.


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January 12, 2018

Karen & I are sorry for your loss.

Bob Jackman

Cathy Christoff

January 7, 2018

Your father was a lovely person. I truly enjoyed seeing him at the Philharmonic and other cultural happenings over the past several years. I am so sorry for your loss.

Trish Whitcomb

January 3, 2018

To the Phillip E. Gutman, Sr. Family from the family of former Governor Ed Whitcomb; We extend our sympathy to you and hope that healing serenity fills your heart.

Philip Genetos

January 3, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Phil's passing. I had the pleasure to work with him as both a client and colleague on many occasions over the years, including particularly when I began the practice of law 40 years ago. He was a great teacher. My condolences.

January 3, 2018

Very sorry to hear of Phil's passing. We were good friends and collegues in the Indiana Senate from which I have fond memories. We certainly will miss his friendship.

Tom & Norma McComb, Sarasota, FL


January 3, 2018

Phillip E. Gutman, Sr. Family:

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one, Phillip E. Gutman, Sr.

God's Blessing to the Gutman Family.


William C. Phillips

Gordon Durnil

January 2, 2018

Sorry to hear about Phil. We were good friends.

Patty Blair

December 31, 2017

My condolences to Phils family. He was always a good friend to John and I over the years of school and many years later as well. Sorry to hear of his passing.

December 31, 2017

May The Lord Bless Phil's Soul! Joe Rinard

Anita Burrous

December 30, 2017

Many good memories of the time Phil and my husband, Kermit, served in the Indana General Assembly...then later as Kermit, Phil, Carolyn and I served on vaarious committes and boards of the United Methodist Church in the North Indiana Conference. He and Carolyn liked sharing about their family..

Anita Burrous