Victor M. Gutt

Victor Martin Gutt, 93, passed away Feb. 19, 2018, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King.

A memorial service will be held in Divine Savior Lutheran Church, Shawano, on Saturday, June 9, 2018, with the Rev. Paul Kuehn officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow.

Victor was born on the family farm in the town of Almond on March 16, 1924, the second of three children to the late Paul and Viola (Dahlke) Gutt. He graduated from Bowler High School and attended University of Wisconsin-Madison until being drafted into service in June 1944.

Victor was a staff sergeant in the 100th Infantry, 398th Regiment Company D. He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge on Feb. 4, 1945, and spent two months recovering in the 62nd General Hospital in Paris, France. He received multiple decorations including the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. At the war’s end, he stayed on to become camp administrator over German SS war prisoners. It was there that he was in charge of transporting selected witnesses to the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials.

This was only the beginning. In Victor’s own words, “I came home to start a career and a family.” He married Lorraine Ella Jahnke on June 14, 1947 in Mattoon. They were blessed with 56 years of marriage. In 2003, Lorraine preceded him in death. Victor married Ruth Polkowski on July 29, 2005.

Victor was a self-taught accountant. He worked for Consolidated Badger Cooperative, Shawano, as an internal auditor from 1946 to 1968. He next accepted a position as controller with Post Corporation, Appleton. He would joke that he was just the “simple bookkeeper” as he oversaw the accounting of 30 newspapers, radio and television stations throughout 10 states. He continued this position until 1985. During this time, as a true visionary in the world of data processing, Victor co-founded Data, INC of Green Bay.

Victor believed in volunteering his time and talent not only to his family, but also to his congregation, his community and his profession. He was a member of the Institute of Management Accountants for over 60 years, Shawano American Legion Post 117 for over 70 years, Forty et Eight Voiture 986, Shawano Lions, Shawano Park and Recreation Commission, Shawano Election Board, and St. James Lutheran Church. One of his greatest delights was in 2010 when he went on the Old Glory Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

Victor is survived by his son Daniel (Carol) Gutt, Asheville, North Carolina; daughter Bonnie (Larry) Grosskopf, Wisconsin Rapids; grandsons, Loran (Christy) Gutt, Austin, Texas, Nathan Gutt, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Paul (Betsy) Grosskopf and Ben (Megan) Grosskopf, Wisconsin Rapids; and brother Donald Gutt, Shawano. He is also survived by two great-granddaughters, Ella and Lillian Gutt, and two great-grandsons, Noah and Hucksley Grosskopf. Also surviving are Ruth’s children and their families.

Victor was preceded in death by his sister, Gertrude, and many brothers- and sisters-in-law.

As a final gift, Victor donated his body to the University of Wisconsin for medical research.

The family wishes to acknowledge the staff at the Wisconsin Veterans Home for their professional service to Dad and Ruth along with the many other veterans in their care.