James E. Gutmann, 76, of Godfrey, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, at Blu-Fountain Manor in Godfrey.
He was born in Springfield, Ill., on June 23, 1938, the third child of the late Lee and Florence Gutmann.
James came to Alton in 1962, where he and Georgiana raised three children. He worked 36 years at Alton Box Board and Jefferson-Smurfit. Then for seven years he owned and helped his present wife with their dry cleaners in East Alton.
James and his present wife, Lois C. Plopper, were married on Sept. 14, 1990.
He leaves behind his three children, Dr. James (Maria) Gutmann Jr. of Evansville, Ind., Daniel (Cindy) Gutmann of Alton, and Kathleen Uferf of Bunker Hill; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three stepchildren and their spouses; five stepgrandchildren; and seven stepgreat-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; three sisters, Marilou (Tony) Montalbano of Ormond Beach, Fla., Ann (Gerald) Lucht of Springfield, Nancy Gutmann and her companion, Richard Williams, of Edinburg; two brothers, John (Gladys) Gutmann of Lake Lady, Fla., and Donald (Christy) Gutmann of Olympia, Wash.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jerome and Charles Gutmann; and one sister, Carol Nolker, all of Springfield, Ill.
A memorial visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Elias, Kallal, and Schaaf Funeral Home in Godfrey.
Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Godfrey is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.