GUTENBERGER—John Bruce Gutenberger, age 77, died peacefully at home on December 24, 2021, in Florence, Ore. He was surrounded by his loving family, Linda (wife), John (son) and Caitlin (daughter-in-law). Supported by hospice, John fought his last battle with
Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson, just as he lived his life — with all his heart and soul.
John was born in Oakland, Calif., and moved with his family to Carmichael, Calif., soon afterward. He grew up loving sports, excelling at Little League and going on to play baseball at La Sierra High School and American River College.
In November 1962, he was nominated by the Sports Committee of the Sacramento City County Chamber of Commerce to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
When the Sacramento Macy’s opened in 1963, 19-year-old John joined their team. His first job was assembling mannequins. He would continue on with Macy’s for 39 years, rising through the ranks and retiring in 2002 as a group vice president and store manager. The Macy company and his coworkers were like a second family to him.
As luck would have it, Linda Otto moved in next door to John just after Christmas 1969. John and Linda's happy 51-year marriage began with a short courtship. They tied the knot in Reno, Nev., in February 1970 and welcomed their son, John in 1975.
In retirement, John and Linda took several cruises with friends and enjoyed it so much that they decided to move onto their boat, where they lived for five years. During that time, they joined two yacht clubs, first San Joaquin Yacht Club followed by Village West Yacht Club, where John became the Commodore in 2006. While vacationing in the Pacific Northwest in 2007, they found Florence, Ore., a place where they could be near the water and enjoy fresh air and cool summers, and made it their home.
John is survived by his wife Linda, son John, daughter-in-law Caitlin, sister Marlene Apicella, nephews Greg Stahr, Kelly Stahr (Harvey), and Josh Garner, nieces Sarah Latronica (Ray), Kristin Grey (Guido), Kayla Harmon and their children and families. He was preceded in death by parents John E. and Alice M. Gutenberger, sister Susan Gutenberger, and nephew Scott Stahr.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. at the Village West Yacht Club, 6633 Embarcadero, Stockton, CA 95219.
Burns's Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.