Date of Birth February 20, 1970
Date Deceased August 20, 2021
Hometown Perry/Hornell
Home State N.Y.
Service Date August 26, 2021
Service Time 6 p.m.
Service Location Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc.

Robert M. Guthrie, Jr.

PERRY/HORNELL-Robert M. Guthrie, Jr. 51, of Perry, NY, formerly of Hornell, passed away late Friday evening (Aug. 20, 2021) at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw, NY to be with his Dad. He was surrounded by his loving family. Sadly, alcoholism took over his happiness, his body, and eventually his life.

Born in Watertown, NY on Feb. 20, 1970 he was a son of Robert M. Guthrie, who predeceased him and Jennie (Bulkley) Guthrie who survives.

A resident of Hornell for most of his life, Bob has resided in Perry, NY since 2015. He was a graduate of Hornell High School, class of 1989 and proudly served his country with the U.S. Army from 1990 to his honorable discharge in 1991 as a Private First Class.

Bob mastered his enviable skills as a carpenter throughout the years of his life. Oddly enough though, his first job was with the Italian Villa as a dishwasher, short order cook and eventually front of the house manager; where he developed a lifelong friendship with Dicky Argentieri. He was the manager of the yard at North Main Lumber for many years, and worked with Mike Bossie Construction as his right hand man, before beginning his employment at the Pro Desk at Lowes. He was the person you always looked for when going into Lowes because he was knowledgeable and could locate whatever you needed. He was the go-to source for all the local contractors. He enjoyed helping people with a variety of home improvements which spurred him to start his own business known as Truman’s Tops.

Bob loved music and was an avid Elvis fan. He was a master at music trivia. “Who sings this?” was his favorite test for everyone. He was the first one to jump onto the dance floor and last one to leave. He enjoyed spending time with family playing cornhole, laughing and drinking PBR.

His loving family includes his mother, Jennie Guthrie of Corning, NY; three sisters, Valerie (Ray) Slaght of Hornell and their children, Brandon (Monica) Slaght and Ryan Slaght (Shelby Howell); Katrina (Bob) Michels of Marietta, GA and their children, Bobby Michels (Terry Wright), Ashley and Kimi Michels; Cheryl (Mike) Corcoran of Perry, NY and their children, Michael and Andrew Corcoran; one brother, Gregory Guthrie of Mesa, AZ and his children Katelynn (Sam), Christopher and JT Guthrie; great nieces and nephews, Bryce, Hudson and Riley Slaght, Jaydain Slaght, Logan and Londynn Howell, and Avarie Michels; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Besides his father, he was also predeceased by one nephew, Zachary Guthrie; his paternal grandparents, Tom and Bertha Guthrie of Hornell and maternal grandparents, John and Rose Bulkley of Corning, NY.

Calling hours are 4-6 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 26, 2021) at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell where military honors and a Celebration of Life will follow at 6 p.m.

The United States flag and the Army flag will proudly fly at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in recognition of Bob’s military service.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 (

The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., in Hornell is honored to assist Bob’s family with the arrangements.

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4 Responses

  1. Never will forget the time Bobby spent with us on the farm in Hornby. For two days he was the saddest homesick little lad we knew. On the third day, Uncle Dan took him on the tractor to check the hay fields. After sitting on the seat and steering the tractor, all was well for the rest of his 10 day visit. We were so proud to have him visit. Rest well my boy and drive that tractor in the sky, Uncle Dan & Aunt Kathy

  2. Cheryl and family,

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. I pray that you can hold the good memories in your hearts and allow them to bring you peace.


  3. Bobby, I will surely miss you and your wonderful sense of humor and one liners! It was always so much fun hanging out with you when we were younger. I especially loved playing outside at Grandma Rose’s and climbing the big maple tree in the side yard! I also remember being at Great Grandpa Chauncey’s house playing hide and seek at night, hiding across the street at the school! So many laughs we had together. I love and miss you Bobby, Rest In Peace cousin!

  4. We were so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He will be greatly missed. He was a fun loving kind hearted man who was always a joy to be around. We were able to watch the service and hear more stories of Bob which helps with the healing of the loss we have in our hearts for him. We pray he is in peace now and no longer in pain.

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