Bernell John Guthmiller
October 1, 2013
Bernell John Guthmiller, of Issaquah, passed away Sept. 26, due to complications of diabetes.
Bernie is survived by his loving wife of the last 39 years, Kathy Guthmiller. Bernie and Kathy raised a beautiful and lively brood of girls; Cathie Ogilvie, Glenna Usselman (James Usselman), Sharene Kuhrt (David McGrath) and Stacey Kuhrt.
Bernie was preceded in death by his son Doug.
Bernie is also survived by seven precious grandchildren, Christina (Daniel Graham), David, Melissa (Scott Haas), Jacob, Jade, Taylor and Jordan, and also five lovely great-granddaughters, Chloe, Courtney, Alexis, Gabrielle and Hailey.
Bernie was born in Roscoe, S.D., on July 7, 1937. He grew up in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, and then settled in Issaquah, where he lived for more than 40 years.
Bernie loved to tell stories and was a well-known tease. He loved old westerns, The Eagles band, Fox News and travel. His hobbies included flying airplanes, playing golf, restoring vintage cars, learning to play the guitar and making cabbage rolls for his family, and he also enjoyed the period of his life when he was co-owner of Signal Stables, which trained thoroughbreds.
An electrician by trade, in 1968, Bernie, along with his brother and stepfather, founded and owned Signal Electric. Bernie was proud of Signal and the men and women who worked there. The welfare of the employees at Signal was of utmost importance to him.
Bernie was a self-made man and was proud of his ability to trouble shoot and problem solve in both life and work. He often spoke fondly of the time he served in the army stationed in Greenland. He will be remembered for the love he gave to his family and the joy he brought to our hearts.
A memorial service will be Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Issaquah, where Bernie and Kathy have been members for 39 years.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts be made to the Memorial Fund at Our Savior Lutheran Church in his honor.