March 28, 1936 ~ December 3, 2018

Born in: Hamtramck, Michigan
Resided in: Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Raymond C. Gutkowski was born in Hamtramck, MI, to Frances and Frank Gutkowski on March 28, 1936.  Died December 3, 2018, of a sudden onset of cancer.  He is survived by his wife, Mary, of 54 years, and two sons; Tim and wife Stacy, and Mark and husband Marco; three grandchildren, Matt and wife Lauren, Mitchell and Brenton.  He has three siblings, Leonard (Betty), Bob (Toni) and sister Monica (Bob Noch) in Michigan.  Many nieces and nephews around the country.  He has been blessed, for sure.

Served in the National Guard before going to technical school and entered into a job with Xerox when the 914 was the latest in printers.  After 33 years he retired and drove for Denver Public Schools.  Loved the Kids.

He enjoyed traveling and the company of friends and neighbors.  He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

Donations to “Seeds of Hope,” at the Archdiocese of Denver would please him greatly.  One of his best acquaintances was Sr. Lavonne, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth Kansas, who started Seeds of Hope for underprivileged children throughout the city.

Mass of Resurrection will be held Saturday, December 15, at 9:00 a.m. at St. Mark’s Catholic Church-Highlands Ranch.  A reception will follow the service at the church.  Please leave your condolences for the family below.


Mass of the Resurrection: December 15, 2018 9:00 am

St. Mark Catholic Church-Highlands Ranch
9905 Foothills Canyon Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

(720) 348-9700

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  1. Ray was the best neighboor anyone would want. He was kind, funny (really funny), thoughtful & grateful, kind. What else can we say; he was everything good. I remember Ray & his wife, Mary walking by on their way to see the sunset. They always stopped to say hello. Everyone will miss him. We are sad that he is gone, but he is happy in heaven with GOD. We love you, Ray!

  2. Uncle Ray, even though we lived so far apart, I always enjoyed seeing you and aunt Mary when we did get the chance. You were such a nice guy, soft spoken and that unique sense of humor that us Gutkowski’s have….. always brought a smile to my face. I wish we would have spent more time through the years, I will always remember you. May you rest in piece. Love your nephew Paul Gutkowski

  3. Uncle Ray had the best smile and sense of humor. I will alway cherish the special times we shared, both in Detroit and Denver. Even though he and Aunt Mary were far away I thought of him often. He will always hold a special place in my heart. Love you always, Melanie.

  4. My deepest sympathy to Mary and all the rest of the family on Uncle Ray’s passing. I met him when I was a little girl and my parents always spoke highly of him.
    God Bless and Love always.

  5. Ray and Mary have been our friends for many years. Ray and I had several breakfasts together when our wives had their monthly breakfasts and the husbands were not invited. Ray was a great friend and I will miss him a lot.

    Our condolences to Mary and family.

  6. Ray (Mr Gutkowski to me) was one of the bright lights in my life growing up with his son Tim. Ray always welcomed us to his house and kept us doubled over with his wry sense of humor. He was someone I always looked forward to seeing and he always asked about me, my four siblings and my own parents over the years. Love and my condolences to Mary, Tim, Mark and all the Gutkowski family.

  7. Mary and Family, I was sorry to hear of the death of your husband. I know that you have many wonderful memories. Take care and let me know if I can help with anything. Lucy Bleakley

  8. My deepest condolences to the friends and family of Ray. May your treasured memories bring you joy, and may ‘the God of all comfort’ give you strength, along with a measure of peace for your grieving hearts at this most difficult time.
    2Cor 1:3

  9. We are humbled and grateful beyond adequate expression that Ray and his family would choose Seeds of Hope! The spirit of Sister LaVonne guides us every day and any friend of hers is a friend of ours! I never had the pleasure to meet Ray, but to know we were in his thoughts and to know his desire was to cultivate minds and hearts for Christ through Seeds of Hope is an honor of the highest degree we will strive to live up to. We are certain St. Peter granted Ray a Fast Pass. God Bless the Gutkowski family!

    With deepest sympathy for your loss,
    Jay Clark
    Seeds of Hope

  10. To Mary & Family, Please accept our deepest condolences during this time of an incredible loss. I will always remember my first meeting with Ray: The three of us eating TV dinners as you and I prepare to leave for our Financial / Investment group meeting. What a fun couple!! You & family are in our prayers.
    Ron & Gwen Graham

  11. Mary and family,
    I remember Mary saying many times she was attracted to Ray was because he could always make her
    laugh. Many others have also noted that special quality of his. We enjoyed his telling about how he figured out how to play the keno game in Mesquite…and won a substantial amount on his final gambling adventure
    So sorry for your loss. God’s peace be with you.

  12. What more can I say about Ray that wasn’t already said. We went to school together from 1st grade and in high school and thereafter always a guy with a great sense of humor. He was surely true to his faith and for that will be greatly rewarded. Our last time was at our 60th reunion in 2014. Rest in Peace Ray

  13. I have fond memories of visiting Ray and Mary in Denver when their older son, Tim, and I would hang out in high school. Ray had an easy going way about him that always made me feel welcome in their home. He was quick to shake your hand, tell a joke (and slap you on the shoulder laughing), and engage in conversation about how life was going, supporting the friendships of his kids and being a positive role model. I remember Ray and Mary always full of smiles, thoughtful and caring, and inviting us friends of their son to stay longer, or for dinner, etc. I have wondered many times over the years how Ray and Mary were doing and had hoped I’d run into them on my odd visits back to Denver. I know he will be missed terribly and hope that Tim and Family, Mark, and especially Mary are coping well. Ray has no doubt left a trail of happiness, laughs, and people that felt loved. I feel lucky to have known him. My condolences. Love, John (and family).

  14. I will miss my old friend Ray, always had a smile, always a kind word, always had a joke to tell that would make me smile. Be with God my friend. Thank you for all the years of friendship.

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