When Jan Guth left us on March 18, 2007, she left a void in
the many lives she touched during her remarkable, but short, 50
years. She lived life to its fullest while sharing its joy with
everyone she knew. Jan's smile, her most endearing feature, was a
window to her soul. A warm and loving memory of her rests with Jan's
husband, daughter, family and many friends. Her time with us was
much too short. However, our love for her is timeless.
Jan was born to "Pudge" and Rita Fillman in Fort Madison, Iowa, on
September 10, 1956, the second of four children. She graduated
from Hancock County (Kentucky) High School in June 1974 and briefly
attended Kentucky Wesleyan College. She married David W. Guth
on August 23, 1975, in Hawesville, Kentucky. They have one daughter,
Susan Elizabeth Guth, born December 13, 1983, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Jan graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Kansas
in May 2005. At the time of her death, she was a software engineer
for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in Kansas
City, Missouri. She had become well known in the Lawrence community
as a volunteer for the Saint Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, the
Girl Scouts of America, and the Free State High School Marching Band.
A scholarship in her memory has been established at the William Allen
White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University
Click here to watch a video tribute to Jan produced
in 2007. Click here to watch a second
memorial tribute released during March 2008 in commemoration of
the first anniversary of her passing. David Guth's choice for a musical
tribute to his wife is Josh Groban's "To Where You Are." Susan Guth's selection for a musical tribute to her mother is Kayne
This page last updated January 19, 2018.