Bowling Green, Ohio –– Mearl R. Guthrie, Jr., 90, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Bowling Green, Ohio.
Mearl was born Oct 4, 1922, in Eldorado, Butler County, Kansas, to Mearl Sr. and Pauline (Benz) Guthrie. Most of Mearl's school years were spent in Salina, Kansas, moving to Abilene to complete his senior year of high school in 1940. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army Parachute Infantry and then served in the 102nd Ozark Infantry division. In the European Theater of Operations, he drove for the Red Ball Express and fought from a foxhole in the Battle of the Bulge.
While enrolled in the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) in engineering at Ball State Teachers College in Muncie, Indiana, he met his future wife, Lolita Thayer. Mearl and Lolita were married July 21, 1946, in Anderson, Indiana.
Mearl Guthrie completed both his B. S. and M. A. degrees in Business Education at Ball State University and earned a PhD from the University of Minnesota. At the University of Cincinnati, he taught business education for 4 years before coming to Bowling Green in 1954. At BGSU, he taught business education for 36 years, serving as department chairman for 28 years, retiring in 1987. He conducted lecture and teaching seminars at numerous universities and private companies throughout the U. S., and in Haiti and Aruba, spending the 1965-66 academic year at the College of the Virgin Islands.
Following retirement from full-time teaching and administration, Mearl took an active role in Boy Scouts, National Association of Investment Clubs, The Nature Conservancy, Lions Club, as well as local environmental and natural area organizations. Mearl served as Elder and Trustee at First Presbyterian Church, where he was a member for 58 years.
Being an avid outdoorsman, Mearl pursued canoeing, hunting, and fishing, while always enjoying the wildlife and archaeology of our Great Black Swamp of northwest Ohio.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, a sister Helen June Kean ,and nephew Gary Kean.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Lolita; son Scott, Bowling Green; daughter Carla Hall (Bill), Dublin; and granddaughter Julie (Jim) Pooler, Wooster, Ohio.
Friends will be received at Dunn Funeral Home on Sunday, March 17, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held Monday, March 18, at 11 a.m. at the Dunn Funeral Home, with burial following at Sargeant Cemetery, Powell Road in Liberty Township. Revs. Gary & MaryJanes Saunders will officiate.
A lunch will be served for friends and family immediately following in the fellowship hall of First Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial contribution to the First Presbyterian Church, 126 S. Church St. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.dunnfuneral-home.com. (This obituary was written and paid for by the family of Mearl R. Guthrie, Jr)