Charles John Guthrie

Oct. 7, 1923 - Jan. 14, 2009


Charles John Guthrie, 85, of Mount Prospect, Ill., died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009. He was born Oct. 7, 1923, in Mukwonago, the son of the late Horace and Jennie Guthrie.

He graduated from Waukesha High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a masterís degree in mechanical engineering and hydraulic control design. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant in World War II, where he served on a mine sweeper. After his military service, he moved to Rochester, N.Y., where he met his wife of more than 60 years, Mary (nee Britton). He lived in Waukesha for more than 20 years. He was employed at HUSCO for 20 years and served and as an alderman and as president of the Waukesha Common Council. While living in Waukesha, he was deacon at First Presbyterian Church and the president of Toastmasters. He was instrumental in starting the Waukesha Civic Theatre. He first joined the YMCA in Waukesha and continued his membership for more than 30 years after moving to Illinois.

After moving to Illinois, Charles was employed as a mechanical engineer at United Technologies Inc., retiring in 1993. After retirement, he continued his career and became a consultant for KOCSIS Technologies Inc. in Alsip, Ill. He was past president of the Chicago White Water Association and was on the executive board of the Chicago Figure Skating Club.

A chess champion and Civil War buff, he enjoyed reading, canoeing, figure skating, kayaking, swimming, biking, hiking, running, cross-country skiing, photography, fishing and sailing on Lake Michigan.

He is survived by his wife, Mary. He was the dear father of the late Cynthia Ann (the Rev. Charles Hoffacker) Guthrie and the late Charles John Guthrie Jr.; cherished grandfather of Sophia Elena Hoffacker; and fond brother of Doris Ann (Jack) Jayne and the late Jean Guthrie Linton and Robert Guthrie.

Memorial gravesite services will be in conjunction with the inurnment of his sister, Jean Guthrie Linton, at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at Wisconsin Memorial Park, 13235 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield. Friends and relatives are asked to meet at the cemetery at the time of services.

Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Plymouth,  (902) 893-9797, is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit