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Edward Fred Guettler

February 16, 1943 — January 5, 2024

Edward Fred Guettler

Edward Fred Guettler, born on February 16, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois, peacefully passed away on January 5, 2024, in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Ed was a man of diverse pursuits throughout his life: avid reader, golfer, Cubs fan, quilter, cross-stitcher, singer, bird watcher, pencil puzzler, family road-tripper, and dozens more. He studied to become a Lutheran pastor before proudly serving his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a translator. Later, he worked briefly as a teacher, and eventually retired from Morton International as a systems analyst.

Ed is survived by his loving children: Lea Anne (Michael Merline) Stoughton, Lesley (John) Flakus, and Steve (Deanna) Guettler; six grandchildren: Phoebe, Drew, Ricky, Anastasia,  Anabella, and Edward; one great grandchild, Bentley; his partner, Arlene Blanche Mowry; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Guettler and Ann Griesman; his stepmother, Ludmilla; his sister, Shirley; and his beloved wife, Anne Skaritka Guettler.

A memorial service will be held later this year in the Chicago area to celebrate Ed’s life.

May he rest in eternal peace.

The care of Mr. Edward F. Guettler and his family have been entrusted to the staff of Cremation Society of Tennessee. To share words of comfort and condolences, please visit

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