Obituary: Roy James Guthrie Sr, 69
October 15, 2020
Roy James Guthrie Sr. of Juneau passed away on October 10, 2020 in Wrangell after a brave and difficult battle with brain cancer.
He was born on July 17, 1951 in Metlakatla. He graduated from Kayhi in 1969.
He was an electrician by trade and had been working for Coeur Alaska's Kensington Mine for years up until his diagnosis. He loved his job and his many friends he made while working there. Roy was also an Army veteran, having served honorably for two tours of duty in Vietnam.
He enjoyed traveling and cruising the Caribbean but his favorite vacation spot was Las Vegas. He also loved nature and often found solace there. He was an avid outdoorsman and he loved hunting, fishing, and diving for subsistence foods. He would tell his family he needed to "go to the mountain" when he had something on his mind. He enjoyed carving and creating traditional Native art. Roy stoically faced challenges and drew strength from his spirituality and faith. He never turned down anyone in need.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Viola Guthrie.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Burley Guthrie, of Juneau; three sons Keston Morehouse and (Felicia) of Juneau, Roy Guthrie Jr. (Anna) of Klawock, and Isaac Guthrie of Ketchikan; two stepdaughters Briana Taylor (Dustin) of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Amber Hommel (Kyle) of Wrangell; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters Verna Hudson, Cecelia Glasser and Janice Williams of Ketchikan; brothers Ralph (Sharon) Bolton of Wrangell, Floyd (Mary Ann) Guthrie of Anchorage, Clifford (Lenore) Guthrie and Jerry (Elma) Guthrie both from Ketchikan as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Roy's life will be held in Klawock at a later date yet to be determined