Robert L. Guthrie

June 17, 1940-Dec. 25, 2018

Robert “Butch” L.

Guthrie, 78, entered God’s

kingdom and joined his

wife, Arlene, on De-

cember 25, 2018 in Dic-

kinson, ND.

Butch was born in

Surrey, ND on June 17,

1940 to Howard and

Florence (Hendricks)

Guthrie. He was raised on

the farm south of Surrey,

ND, and attended Surrey

School where he was a

gifted athlete and student.

Butch married one of his

classmates, Arlene Hopp-

man, a farm girl who lived

down the road, on August

4, 1956. Together, they

raised six children. Butch

spent his years employed

at Sears, Pepsi and Old

Dutch in Minot. He then

moved his family to Dic-

kinson where he worked

at Baker Lynes. He was

then transferred to Ok-

lahoma and then to Gay-

lord, MI., where he was

employed at Estelle

Farms, Gaylord High

School and Otsego Parks

& Rec. Butch and Arlene

made Michigan their

home until Arlene’s death

in 2015, when Butch

wished to return home to

North Dakota.

Butch learned to play

trumpet as a youngster

and could play just about

anything without sheet

music. He joined a jazz

band in his early 20s.

Butch spent many sum-

mers as a young child

staying with his grandfa-

ther at the livestock barns

in Minot, ND. He also was

an animal lover, especial-

ly that of horses and

wished one day to become

a veterinarian. Butch’s

pastimes were assisting as

a mechanic for Jack

Blotske. He was an avid

fan of World of Outlaw

sprint car racing and

would not miss a race in

which Donny Schatz com-

peted. He was also a

skilled bowler, a fan of

the Minnesota Vikings

and also enjoyed rabbit

hunting and fishing.

Butch is survived by:

his children, Jerry (Diane)

of Gaylord, MI; Kandy (Er-

nie Escontrias) Guthrie of

Bismarck, ND; Kevin (Jo

Carol) of Dickinson, ND;

Casey (Shelli) of Kingsley,

MI; Bill (Diane

Fontaine-Buehler) of Las

Luz, NM and Stacy

Guthrie of Gaylord, MI; 15

grandchildren and 14


brother Howard “Buck”

Guthrie of Tempe, AZ.

Butch was preceded in

death by: his wife, Arlene,

his parents Howard and

Florence, his sister Jean

Grabow, sister-in-law,

Pamela Guthrie.

Celebration of Butch’s

life will be held Saturday,

June 15 at 11:00 at Serto-

ma Park, Shelter 8 in

Bismarck, ND. Cremation

has already been taken

place at Ladbury Funeral

Service in Dickinson, ND.