Stephen Kenneth Gutierrez, 75, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, passed away January 23, 2021.
Steve was born in Gerard, Kansas in 1945 to Florence Patricia Sweet and Bill Sweet. At age 3 his mother remarried Nick R. Gutierrez who later became his and his 2 older sibling’s adoptive father.
Following high school he enlisted in the US Air Force. He trained and served as a fighter aircraft weapons and munitions technician during the Vietnam era.
Steve worked for Lincoln Baking Corp. as a route drive, then started with General Telephone & Electronics (GTE) in 1971.
He retired from Verizon (formally GTE) after 28 years then continued working with the phone company now called Alltel. Steve continued working as a consultant until 2015 when he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Patricia (Pat) and Nick Gutierrez, a brother, William V. (Cowboy) Gutierrez of Moyers, OK.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Anita, and 2 children; His daughter, Shannon K. Wilford (Bill), their four children, Will, 12, Mikayla, 10, Emma, 8, and Caleb, 6; his son Shane C. Gutierrez (Deanna) and their 3 children, Ethan 16, Owen, 13 and Lilly, 11.
Also left to cherish his memory are his 3 sisters, Bonnie Vessels, Patricia Peters and Maria Gutierrez of Macon Georgia, one brother, Nick (Kathy) of Bradenton, FL and 12 nieces and nephews.
Cremation was chosen.
Services will be held at a later date.
Donations may be made in his name to the Cancer Society and Hospice of Elizabethtown, Kentucky.