WHITE STONE—Robert Russell Gutknecht, 72, of White Stone passed away peacefully on November 17, 2019, at the home he shared with his wife of 50 years, Dianne Louise Gutknecht.
He was born on July 11, 1947, in New Kensington, Pa., to Albert R. and Ruth Lancaster Gutknecht.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Kathleen; and a brother, Albert Jr.
Robert, best known as Bob to his family and friends, graduated from Springdale High School, Springdale, Pa., in 1965 and Salem College, Clarksburg, W.Va., in 1969.
Bob taught at Lancaster High School for five years where he received special recognition for coaching sports. Upon leaving teaching, he owned and operated All Star Sport Shop in Kilmarnock for 13 years until becoming a manufacturer’s agent for sporting goods, textiles and advertising specialties. He travelled the Southeast Atlantic coast corridor selling for more than 25 years.
After retiring from being on the road, Bob became a realtor with Isabell K. Horsley. Bob used his personality and innate sales ability to assist customers buying or selling homes in the Northern Neck.
Bob was active in Lancaster County sports where he coached Bank of Lancaster’s Little League Orioles baseball team for over 10 years. He assisted in the completion of Dream Fields athletic complex and was a 2007 inductee into the Northern Neck Sports Wall of Fame.
Bob is survived by his wife, Dianne; his daughter, Jamie; his son, Michael and wife, Erin; his son, Jeffrey; another son, Rob and wife, Erin; his beloved grandchildren, Kelsie Lynn, Easton James and Leah Michelle Gutknecht. Also very special to Bob were his grand dogs, Sadie, Mia, Jake, Ray Ray and Otto.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, November 22, with visitation from 2-3 p.m. at the Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Virginia, 1328 Tappahannock Boulevard, Tappahannock, VA 22560; Dream Fields Sports Complex, PO Box 1491, Kilmarnock, VA 22482; or Animal Welfare League, PO Box 975, White Stone, VA 22578.