March 12, 1925 - September 30, 2013 Robert Ray Guthrie passed away peacefully at home the morning of September 30, 2013, with his beloved wife at his side. Robert ("Bob") was born in Long Beach, CA on March 12, 1925, to Lillian and Bob Guthrie. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Bob graduated from USC in 1949, with a degree in Foreign Trade. He married Rebecca Seaman in July, 1952. The early years of their marriage were spent in Hemet, CA; Ohio, New York, and Puerto Rico. In 1962 they moved to Chatsworth, CA, where they raised their three children while Bob worked for Rockwell International. Eventually they relocated to Woodland Hills, which has been their home for almost 40 years. After retiring from Rockwell (Boeing), Bob headed his own executive search firm, and later, a specialty food company, Discovery Kitchen. He joined the Calabasas Rotary Club in 1988, and served as President in 1992-1993 and 2002-2003. Among his interests and talents were backpacking in the Sierra Nevada, fishing, body-surfing, free-diving for abalone (in his youth), reading, gardening, writing, and cooking --- especially barbecuing! Bob will be remembered for his quick wit and fantastic sense of humor, his appreciation of intelligent conversation, his kindness, integrity and sense of fair play, and his abiding affection for his family. He is survived by Rebecca, his loving wife of 61 years; daughter Robin and son-in-law Del Holcombe, of Houston, TX; son Kevin and daughter-in-law Carol, of Palo Alto, CA; daughter Laurin of Silver Lake, CA; and his two grandchildren, Laurin and Alec. Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2013, at 1:00 P.M., at Van Nuys Masonic Temple 14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's name, to: The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research 9201 Sunset Blvd., Suite 300 West Hollywood, CA 90069 www.imbcr.org
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15, 2013