SIDNEY - Robert "Bobby Joe" Gutman, 79, of 933 Chestnut Ave. Sidney, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at his home.
He was born on Sept. 1, 1933, in Sidney, the son of the late Joe and Wilda (Gates) Gutman. He was married to Jean (White) Gutman who preceded him in death.
He is survived by four children, Gayla Walker of Sidney, Brad Gutman and wife Jennie of Sidney, Kevin Gutman of New Madison and Rita Gutman of Mason; three stepchildren, Rick Higgins of Sidney, Jenyne Higgins and Dorothy White; daughter-in-law, Denise Gutman of Sidney; two sisters, Sondra Harris and Kenny Berger of Houston and Melody Schwan of Largo, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Shannon Smith and husband Matt, Andrea McGreevey and husband Jon, Summer Riffell and husband Jason, Daniel Gutman and wife Mandy, Tyler Gutman, Laura Gutman, Jordan Gutman, Kevin Gutman Jr., Kurtis Gutman and Jody Young and husband Matt; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Danny Gutman, one daughter-in-law, Melody Gutman, one son-in-law, Samuel A. Walker Jr., one stepson, Terry White, one granddaughter, Valen Gutman, one sister, Star Slife and one brother-in-law, Jerry Slife.
Bobby Joe was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 1403 in Sidney. He was a great singer and entertainer. He got his start on his father's radio show, Whistlin' Joe Gutman, in the 1940s. He later toured the Midwest with The Ink Spots throughout the 1960s. In the late 1960s he owned and operated his own record company, Gayla Records, named after his oldest daughter. He went on to be a successful salesman - everything from life insurance to cars - but he never stopped singing. In fact, he was known to break out in song at any moment. More than an entertainer, singer, or salesman, Bobby Joe was a loving son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He will be remembered and missed by all who loved him, including his beloved dog, Wheatie.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave, Sidney, with Bobby Joe's grandson, Daniel Gutman officiating. Burial will follow at Fletcher Cemetery in Fletcher.
The family will receive friends Friday from 11 a.m. until the hour of service.
Memorials may be made to the Fraternal Order of Elks, Aerie 1403 in Sidney.
Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made to the Gutman family at www.cromesfh.com
Published in Piqua Daily Call on Nov. 28, 2012