Christopher J. Gutchak

Christopher “Chris” J. Gutchak

Christopher “Chris” J. Gutchak, a cherished family man, respected community member, and proud veteran, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2024, at the Horizon Assisted Living
Center - in Standish, Michigan. Born on March 5, 1935, in Bay City, to the late Christopher and Evangeline (Tatro) Gutchak, Chris lived a full and meaningful life that touched the hearts of many.

Chris was a true companion and loving husband to the former Dorothy LaBean, whom he married on August 25, 1956, at St. Michael’s Church. Their union was blessed with love and laughter until Dorothy’s passing on June 24, 1996. Together, they raised a family that grew to include their children Gerald & Mary Gutchak, Sandra Mowbray, Kenneth & Roseann Gutchak, Luann & Jim Bemis, Dan & Carole Gutchak, and Lynn & Phillip Pruchnic; along with 17 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and a great-great-granddaughter who brought immense joy to Chris’s life.

Chris was the beloved brother to Elaine Groh, Elenore Kemp, MaryAnn Nechals, Jeanette Arquette, James Gutchak, Janet Bissonette, Gloria Gutchak, and Theresa Helm. He was preceded in death by his daughter Jan, his great-grandson Logan, his son-in-law Mike Mowbray, his siblings Donald, Clara Inloes, and Henry Gutchak, and his parents-in-law Francis & Josephine LaBean.

Chris proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, KY, from 1958 to 1959. His dedication to service was a testament to his character, and it was a period of his life that he always held in high regard. After his military service, Chris embarked on a career at General Motors Powertrain, where he worked diligently until his retirement in 1995. He was also a dedicated member of the United Auto Workers union, where he stood in solidarity with his fellow workers.

A man of faith, Chris was an active member of the Prince of Peace St. Michaels Parish. He served as an usher and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #2986. His faith was a cornerstone of his life, guiding him through both times of joy and hardship with grace and resilience.

Chris had a zest for life that was evident in his many interests. He found pleasure in going to the casino, playing Bingo, and tending to his garden. Family gatherings were the highlight of his life, as he cherished the moments spent surrounded by his loved ones. Chris’s gentle nature, thoughtfulness, and faith-filled spirit were the hallmarks of his personality, leaving a lasting impression on all who knew him.

Those who had the privilege of knowing Chris will remember him for his kind and gentle demeanor, his unwavering faith, and his dedication to his family and community. He was a man who lived by example, showing us the importance of compassion, integrity, and love. A special heartfelt thank you to the staff at Horizon Living Center.

A Mass service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 3, 2024, at Holy Trinity Parish – St. Michael Church in Pinconning, MI with Fr. Matthew Federico presiding, followed by internment at St. Michael’s Church Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Thursday, May 2, 2024, from 2:00-8:00 PM at the Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home, Pinconning and also on Friday, May 3, 2024, from 10:00-11:00 AM at Holy Trinity Parish – St. Michael Church in Pinconning, MI.

Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home, Pinconning, MI, was in charge of arrangements.

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