DANVILLE – The thunderous rumble you heard is how Michael Ray Gutterridge arrived in Heaven on Friday, July 8th, 2016. He was greeted with open arms by his parents, Jake and Ruth (Hawkins) Gutterridge, as he slid his bike to join their side. He got his motor running on Sept. 6, 1946. He leaves behind his cherished "Hart," Beth Gutterridge, whom helped kick-start his life into gear on June 6, 1967. Together they had two sons, Troy (Leann Foyer) and Roger (Linnette). Five grandchildren continue his legacy: Elizabeth; Courtney (Josh) Flynn, Brooke; his partner in crime Jacob Rayce; and his sidekick was Tyler who gave him two great-grandsons, Gabrial and his "Little Buddy Peyton." Also surviving are his sister-in-law Anita (Buddy) Wright, brother James, and his mother's only daughter, Barbara Wright. He will be missed greatly by nephews David, Todd and Greg Hawkins, and his good friend and longtime riding partner Tim Robinson. So many other friends and family who could tell you a book of stories that will make your sides hurt with laughter.
Michael owned and operated the family business, Gutterridge Harley-Davidson, which loved and supported the surrounding communities for over 76 years. He was a member of Olive Branch Lodge No. 38, Past Patron of Iris Chapter No. 307 Order of the Eastern Star, Middlefork Valley Riders, and a member of the GAO Grotto. He was a huge asset to the IMDA. He always loved his favorite riders Scott Parker, Springer, and Chris Carr and Tim Mertins, and so many others.
There is so much to say about Michael, but let's just each hold and cherish the memories of him. He will be missed by so many of us left here on the racetrack of life, but he will be joined by so many who left us too early at his finish line.
Visitation will include Masonic service at 11 a.m. and Eastern Star services at 11:30 a.m. followed by open visitation from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, at Pape Family Funeral Home at 10 E. Williams St., Danville.
Memorials can be made to Eastern Star Diabetes Center or the A.I.R. (Aid to injured riders).