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Craig Guttau

September 13, 1957 ~ October 23, 2018 (age 61)


Craig Guttau, 61, of Mondamin, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at CHI Health – Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Per Craig’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service in Onawa.

Donald Craig was born on September 13, 1957, in Council Bluffs, to Donald Vern and Betty Ann (Allmon) Guttau. He grew up in Mondamin and graduated from West Harrison High School in 1975.

After graduation, Craig moved to Ames where he worked for Sundstrand Corporation and when his division was sold he transferred to Racine, Wisconsin. He later moved to Rockford, Illinois where he worked for Gates Rubber Company. He came back to the family farm and continued his education at Iowa Western Community College where he honed his electronic skills. He moved back to Rockford a second time for a few years working once again for Sunstrand and then returned back to Mondamin to help with the farm and to help with his aging parents. For many years, Craig installed electronic systems including home theaters and security systems and many of his customers became his friends.

Craig was a hospice volunteer for several years, and also volunteered at the Mondamin Community Center and the Watson Steam Engine Station in Missouri Valley. He and his sister Julie had their own model railroad setup named “Winterview” that they took to Great American Train Shows and won many awards with. Most recently it was on display for several years at Watson Station. Last summer, Craig had the opportunity to fly in the cockpit of a B-29 bomber, a Ford Tri-motor plane, and a Stearman Bi Wing plane which he really enjoyed. He was also able to take a couple of trips on Union Pacific Excursion Trains.

One of Craig’s favorite hobbies was cooking, which he experimented with a lot. He greatly enjoyed working on electronics, and he was very kind and generous with all of his customers. Craig was a very smart man with a wicked sense of humor and a love for pranking others.

Survivors include his mother, Betty Guttau; siblings, Julie Thiel and Mark Guttau; “other sisters,” Kim Shepard and Brenda (Kelly) Parent; nieces, Jamie, Jennifer, and Jessica Thiel; one great-niece and two great-nephews; and many cousins, his two cats Landon and Rhylo and other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Vern Guttau; maternal grandparents, Gordon “Earl” and Ella (Roeder) Allmon; paternal grandparents, Harry and Nellie (Forristall) Guttau; brother-in-law, James Thiel; and one great-nephew.

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