John Gutschenritter
1933 - 2019
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John N. Gutschenritter, age 85, of Raymore, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

John was born on November 26, 1933, at home in Boyle, Kansas. He was the son of John Rudolph and Mabel Irene (Fulton) Gutschenritter and the younger brother of sisters Mary Alice and Irene. After graduating from Valley Falls high school, John furthered his education at Baker University and UMKC, earning his DDS. He began practicing dentistry in1961, first in Ottawa and then in Larned, Kansas, before retiring in 1990.

In the summer of 1958 in Baldwin City, Kansas, John was joined in marriage with his wife, Sharon, on June 22. Together they were blessed with two children, Debbie and Jeff (John J.). As a family they enjoyed sailing, snow skiing and a multitude of civic, school and church activities.

After retiring, he and Sharon built a country home between Baldwin and Eudora. At "the farm," he raised horses, collected antique farm machinery, was an avid woodworker and cherished the time spent with his family. He and Sharon also enjoyed participating in alumni activities and events at Baker University. A very spiritual individual, John produced many writings* from his studies.

John was preceded in death by his parents and sister Mary Alice (Scarlett).

He is survived by his wife of over 61 years, Sharon; daughter Debbie Freeman (Ron); son Jeff (Cynthia); sister Irene Marsi; four granddaughters and their spouses; eight great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews – all greatly loved.

In lieu of flowers, John and his family suggest memorial contributions be given to "The Irene Marsi, John and Sharon Gutschenritter Endowed Fund for Science" at Baker University (P.O. Box 65, Baldwin City, KS 66006) or Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care (

*John would be honored to have his writings shared. To request a copy of "Moments with God," please contact Debbie Freeman at

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Nov. 24, 2019.
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