In Memoriam

In Memory Of

Former Mayor Jon GumersonIn memory of Jon Gumerson, the City of Guthrie would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication Mr. Gumerson put into this city.

Gumerson was born on March 6, 1936 in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. He was a life-long Guthrie resident. Gumerson served two terms as mayor. The first term was in 1971-1972 and the second term was 2001-2007. Jon also served as vice-mayor in 1970 prior to his election as mayor. Gumerson was selected as Oklahoma's Mayor of the year in 2004 for towns of 5,000 population and over. Jon was also a 33rd degree Mason and active in the Masonic Lodge. "Jon placed an emphasis on family first, church second, and OU sports third. He loved people. He was a great gamily man, providing and caring for his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The church and town will miss Jon." - Barbara Gumerson, Jon's wife.

Jon Gumerson (1936-2012)

In Memory of the Honorable Ralph Hood 

Monday, October 29, 2012. Ralph passed at his home east of Guthrie with his children by his side. Ralph, better known as "Ted" to his friends, was born to Ralph and Dorothy Hood on October 13, 1941 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the youngest of three siblings. Ralph was a life-long resident of Guthrie, starting his own family here in 1970 with his marriage to his wife Jo Ann. He served our country with distinction in the U.S. Army as a decorated captain following his graduation from the ROTC program at the University of Oklahoma, where he obtained his juris doctorate degree. He had previously earned his bachelor of science degree from Oklahoma A&M University. Ralph worked for more than 40 years as an attorney in Oklahoma. Early on he served as a District Attorney in Logan County, and then later as a private practitioner in Guthrie. He also served as the Municipal Judge for the City of Guthrie for more than three decades. Ralph was an avid golfer, and a proud father and grandfather.

Ralph is survived by his sister Nancy Robbins, his daughter Sandra Hood, his son David Hood and his wife Tara Hood, and his grandchildren Chloe Hood, Sophia Hood and Tristan Harrison. Ralph is also survived by the beloved children he and his wife Jo Ann helped raise, Ryan and Sarah Rhinehart. He was predeceased by his sister Janice Williams and his wife Jo Ann.

Ralph's family and friends will miss his spirit of public service and loving nature.