Robert Guidi

Robert A. Guidi March 28, 1931 - May 11, 2014 MISHAWAKA - Robert A. Guidi entered his Heavenly home on May 11, 2014. He was born March 28, 1931, to Guilio "Julius" and Ludovica "Louise" (Belli) Guidi in Mishawaka, Indiana. He was very proud of his first-generation Italian heritage, his musical family and his hometown. He began playing clarinet, drums and saxophone as a youngster, finally settling on the saxophone, and it was a love affair that continued to the end of his life. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was immediately sent to Korea, where he was wounded twice and later decorated. In 1952 he married Catherine Gartner, and to this union were born son, Kim, and daughter, Attea. Bob had wonderful memories of his work history, among them Selmer Music Corp. and Reynolds Aluminum, earning him many certificates of achievement. After divorcing, he moved to Austin, Minnesota, to begin teaching at Austin Technical College and was a department head. His love of fishing eventually brought him to Brainerd, where he was employed at Rohlfings, Echo Publishing, KLKS Radio and WWWI Radio. His saxophone was always there, providing income, comfort and many friends. He performed in the Brainerd Lakes area with a number of musicians until joining Diane Saumer and Friends in 1991. He and Diane married in 1994 and continued to perform together until recently when Bob was no longer able. He was especially proud of their performing an annual concert for the past 8 years with the Notre Dame Jazz Trio. Over the years, his performances with many notable musicians brought him many happy memories. One of his last wishes was that he could do one more gig and someone would say, "Nice job, man!" He was loved for his compassion, his wisdom & his wit. No one passed by Bob Guidi without a caring hello and stopping to find out how they were doing. There will never be anyone else like him. He was preceded in death by son, Kim, sister, Lil, and his first wife. He is survived by wife, Diane; daughter, Attea (Brett) Jones, and their sons, Andrew, Alex and Aaron; his son's wife, Cheryl, and children, Julio, Antonio and Attea (David) Costanzo, and their daughter, Kim; sisters, Dorothy and Mary Jo; many nieces and nephews; his stepchildren, Michele (Shane Behrens) and daughter, Courteney, Patrick (David O'Connell) Saumer, Megan (Jeff) Oelke, and daughters, Hannah and Ella, and Andrew (Linda) Saumer; and many, many beloved friends, especially care-givers Al Olson, Mike Marohn, and "second son," Lew Woodward. Services will be held on Friday, May 16, at 11 A.M. at Zion Lutheran Church, 220 North 8th St. in Brainerd, with visitation 1 hour prior. Inurnment will be held later at Camp Ripley Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. "NICE JOB, MAN!"

Published in South Bend Tribune from May 13 to May 14, 2014