Clarence Lee "Tuffy" Guthrie, 81, of LaMonte, passed away, with bitter sweetness on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on January 16, 1931, in LaMonte, a son of E.D. and Anna (Taylor) Guthrie. On February 23, 1958, at the La Monte United Methodist Church, he was united in marriage to Marilynn Rice, who survives of the home.
Clarence owned and operated Guthrie's Service Station in LaMonte for 60 years (September 1, 1950 to April 1, 2010). He enjoyed mowing, being outside and attending ballgames at the LaMonte High School. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and being involved in family events, especially the annual family river picnic. Clarence was a member of LaMonte United Methodist Church and LaMonte American Legion Post 520. He served his country honorably in the US Army during the Korean Conflict
Besides his wife, he is survived by three daughters: Paula Jean Zimmerman, Carla Sue Childers (Robbie Rennison) and Mary Lee Guthrie all of LaMonte; five grandchildren: Brooke (Tim) Hughes-Muse, Cal (Courtney) Childers, Daniel Hughes (Crystal Whitworth), Brett (Tessa) Childers and Sydney Guthrie; five great grandchildren: Willow, Rowan, Cypress, Cree and Magnolia; one sister, Mary Hays of Sullivan, MO and one brother, George (Mary Lou) Guthrie of Lee's Summit.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers: William, Ernest and John Guthrie.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, December 13, 2012, at LaMonte United Methodist Church with Rev. Gene Smith officiating.
Pallbearers will be: Cal Childers, Daniel Hughes, Brett Childers, Robbie Rennison, Gene Trelow and Larry Peters.
Honorary pallbearers will be all of Clarence's family and friends.
Burial will be in LaMonte Cemetery with American Legion Post 520 conducting military honors at the graveside. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at Rea Funeral Chapel, Sedalia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are greatly appreciated to La Monte United Methodist Church in care of the funeral chapel. Condolence may be conveyed to the family at www.reafuneralservice.com