OBITUARY

John Andrew Gutta Jr.

August 6, 1929April 25, 2019
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John Andrew Gutta, Jr., age 89, passed away Thursday, April 25th, 2019. He was born in Schenectady, New York on August 6th, 1929 to John and Mary Gutta.

John proudly served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. He met and married his wife Maxie Knight while in the Air Force and they and their two children, Ted and Vicki moved to Houston in 1957, where their third child Lori was later born. He was a long time employee at Waukesha Pearce Industries, Inc., where he retired after 38 years as the Assistant Secretary and Director of Industrial Relations. John loved High School sports, he was a past president of Northwest Academy athletic booster club and also supported Houston Christian High School sports over the years. He was very active with the Boy Scouts of America and served in many positons over 30 years, including assistant scout master and committee chairman of Troop 604. He was presented with the Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to young people.

John was a member of St. Stephen’s United Methodist church and faithfully served as an usher for 48 years. He received the Key Award from the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church for his service. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 560. He loved all kinds of sports especially baseball, cheering on the Astros, as well as Texas Longhorns football and horse racing. John made friends wherever he went and maintained lifelong ties with many. He had a great sense of humor and loved hearing and telling a good joke. He loved animals of all kinds and welcomed many pets into his home over the years.

John was pre-deceased by parents, his sister Dorothy Parker, brother-in-law Ed Parker, his beloved wife Maxie, his son Ted Gutta, and sons-in-laws Andrew Sansum and Ernest Brown. He is survived by his daughters, Vicki Sansum and Lori Brown, and his dear friend Emalyn Buchtien. He was funny, generous, kind, loving and he will be deeply missed by many.

A visitation will be held Friday, May 3rd, between 5:00 – 8:00pm at Pat. H. Foley funeral home 1200 W. 34th Street, Houston, Texas 77018. A funeral service will be conducted at 10:00am on Saturday, May 4th and St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church 2003 W. 43rd, Houston, Texas, 77018. Interment will follow at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery 12800 Westheimer Rd, Houston, Texas 77077. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), the Humane Society or St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, May 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, May 4, 2019

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Naty Barrera

May 4, 2019

Lori and Vicky, after listening to the stories illustrating your father’s beautiful life and heart, all I can say is that I wish I had met him in life. Now I know where your wit, zest for life, and compassion originate. My love to you both.
~Naty Barrera

Numa Diano

May 4, 2019

Incredible Loving Amazing man
Who loved unconditionally
Mr Gutta will be missed
Love numa

Edie Hayden

May 1, 2019

I can't express enough how much John Gutta meant to me and my family. Mr. Gutta was such a wonderful mentor to all he knew. I remember Mr. Gutta telling me in the Army terminology "be all that you can be". The wonderful thing about what he told me was he allowed me to grow as an individual and professional in my career. I appreciate how forthright and inspirational he could be as a boss, and father figure. He used to say there was a reason he has some gray hair. He will be missed by many for his humor and life advice he gave. I feel privileged to have known Mr. Gutta and after he retired, be considered a friend.

Dianne deGraffenried

April 28, 2019

Vicki and Lori,

I am thinking of you this week, I will not be able to visit with you during the services but know I will get in touch with you soon.

I thought of John a a dad in "love" as he taught me like a daughter. Many times using you two daughters as an example. He gave me a chance when I needed a job TWICE. I loved working for him and with him in Personnel (as they called it in the first days) to the HR department that he built at
WPI.

He was always fair, even though I did not appreciate it then. I DO now and will for the rest of my days.

Blessings to you, your dad loved you so much.

Dianne

ALLISON BUCHTIEN

April 25, 2019

John was such a great man and a great friend to my grandma, Emalyn. He always had great stories to tell and always ribbed me about being an Aggie. He was a Longhorn fan. Even though we weren't his grand kids, he always treated the Buchtien family like we were his kids and grand kids. He will be missed.

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