Santos Gutierrez, 90, died February 3, 2017, at his home in Excelsior Springs, M0. He was born November 1, 1926, in a Union Pacific Section house in Josselyn, Neb.
Santos was a W.W. II Army Veteran. He served 18 months as a radio technician in Alaska. He later enlisted in the Nebraska Army National Guard, and served 26-1/2 years with the guard. He received numerous awards while serving with the guard.
He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad and retired after 43 years of service. Santos loved life; he really enjoyed music and dance. He enjoyed square dancing and polka dancing, he also called square dances. He was a Boy Scout Leader for years and really enjoyed working with young kids. He was a member of the Catholic Youth Organization and sang in the church choir up until last year. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Knights of Columbus, where he attained the level of a Fourth Degree Knight. His interests included family, church, scratch off tickets and the love of his 1959 Plymouth Sport Fury Convertible.
Santos is survived by his wife, Geraldine; son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Amy; son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Kristen; son, Jonathon; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Kim; grandkids, Amalie, Kade, Jacob, Christopher, Katelyn, Kasey, Lacey, Brittany; great grandkids Aaden, Aadyson, Keagan and Gabriel; and two sisters, Rose Martinez and Ann Vanalst.
Santos was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 6, 2017 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Excelsior Springs, Mo., with Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 7, 2017, also at the church. Burial will be Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Neb.
Arrangements are through Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.
Our Sincere Condolences
Deepest Sympathy and warmest love and blessings to Aunt Geraldine and the boys. Uncle Santos was a wonderful man who gave in so many ways to family, friends, church and his country. A loving man who we will all miss but will hold his memory forever. I know he is smiling as he see’s his family come together at this time. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Tammy and David Hawley Family
Our family is deeply saddened and so sorry for your loss. Uncle Santos was so special to us. We have such admiration and respect for his dedication to family, service to others and how he led by example and encouraged others to do and be their best. Much love to Aunt Geraldine and boys. We are keeping you close in thought and are praying you will find peace, comfort and strength during this difficult time.
Suzzette Sitorius and Family
My heartfelt condolences to all in the Gutierrez family over the loss of a wonderfully kind father and husband. I will always remember his kindness that I trusted even as a little boy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Gutierrez. I am sorry for your loss.
Sam (ex-Hunan Hostess)
My prayers are with you during this difficult time. He was always a joy to be around and will be missed by all.
Pauline Benckeser Ransley