Richard Dick Guthmiller, 76, of Stockton and formerly of Lodi, died March 30 in a Stockton hospital. He was born May 6, 1925, in Silverton, Ore.
Mr. Guthmiller came to California in 1930 with his family and settled in Lodi, later moving to Stockton. In 1943, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in Hawaii during World War II. Since returning, he had lived in many locations in Northern California, including 10 years in Manteca.
He was the owner and operator of Guthmiller Trucking for many years. He also owned Sierra Village Chevron and worked as a long-haul truck driver for various firms in the area.
In recent years, he worked for California Overnite courier service. He was a Mason and Shriner, and had been worthypatron of the Eastern Star chapter in Stockton. He was also a member of the Stockton Moose Lodge No. 391.
He enjoyed fishing. He and his sons also competed in stock car racing as Guthmiller Racing Team.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Wanda Guthmiller of Stockton; sons, Richard Guthmiller of Ceres and Frederick Guthmiller of Sierra Village; daughters, Jeanne DeGrandmont of Stockton and Tammie Dimas of Stockton; step-daughters, Sherry Rackley of Antioch and Debra Minott of Roseville; sisters, Barbara Clark of Stockton, Margaret Littau of Sacramento, and Martha Egleston of Carson City, Nev.; 19 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Monte Guthmiller; brothers, Andrew, Jack, John, Ben, Fred and Art Guthmiller; and sisters, Dorothy Taddei, Ann Rathjen and Bertha Mehlhaff.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Gierhart-Wells & Donahue Funeral Home. Committal will be private.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 8 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Gierhart-Wells & Donahue Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
This obituary was updated at 8:30 a.m. April 3, 2002, to include additional information about Mr. Guthmillers family.
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