Thomas Edward Gutekanst, 90, of Fairview, NC passed away on February 13, 2018. He was born on September 17, 1927 in Chicago, IL to Chris George Gutekanst and Inez Marguerite Porter Gutekanst. In addition to his parents, Tom is preceded in death by his brothers William Gutekanst and Chris Gutekanst.
Tom served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He is survived by his sister, Marguerite Gutekanst; children, Joe (Marcia), John (Debra), Jim (Gail), Mark, Matt, and Pete (June); mother, Faye Johnston; and grandchildren, Meg, Graham, Grace, Antonio, Sam, Jacob, Jimmy, Kimberly, Christopher, Stephen, Keyla Hope Jones and Andrew.
Tom worked as a carpet salesman, ran a restaurant, and was involved in a myriad of projects involving his sons and many others. He was a hero to his sons.
Tom was a beloved father, grandfather, and uncle and we will miss him so very much.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, February 23 at 2PM at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.
The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the State Veterans Cemetery and Madison Health and Rehabilitation and CarePartners Hospice Care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made as a memorial to the Black Mountain Neuro Medical Treatment Center.