Dr. Gordon (Gordy) Wuethrich, 62, of Adrian, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010. He was born July 18, 1948, in Olean, NY, the son of Ralph and Pat Wuethrich. He graduated from Olean High School in 1966.
On Sept. 6, 1969, he married Deborah Freer in Olean, NY, and she survives. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Michele, his father, and a nephew.
Besides his wife, Gordy is survived by his mother, Pat; 2 brothers, Gary Wuethrich of Olean, NY, and Dan (Marie) Wuethrich of Syracuse, NY; a sister, Robin Wuethrich of Olean, NY; his mother-in-law, Joan (Andy) Gaudet, as well as his brothers and sister-in-laws, and several nieces and nephews.
Gordy operated his own consulting business, the Gordy Wuethrich Company, with clients including the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee for whom he conducted annual visits to Michigan first purchasers of Soybeans each year; the Lenawee Conservation District, for whom he wrote many successful grant proposals; and many individual farmers.
He previously taught agriculture at the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology where he was awarded the 2001 Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award by his students, and at Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio. He was most recently on staff at Owens as an adjunct instructor of Economics.
For ten years, Gordy also worked as the MSU Extension agent for Lenawee County and also served for a time as Extension Director in West Pottawatamie County for the Iowa State University Extension Service. He also worked as a rural agricultural appraiser.
He holds agricultural degrees from Alfred State Technical College in Alfred, NY; Michigan State University (B.S., M.S.), and the Ohio State University (M.S.) and a Ph.D. in Adult and Continuing Education from Michigan State University.