Dr. Kenneth Urial Gutsch

Dr. Kenneth Urial Gutsch, known and loved by many as “Ken,” passed away on January 13, 2018, at the age of 92.

A native of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Ken lived a life summed up best by the words of the philosopher Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, by always and everywhere “reaching beyond his grasp.”  He made a lasting and profound impact in every life he touched.

Ken served in The United States Marine Corp in WWII and was a member of an elite group, the Carlson Raiders.

Ken met the love of his life, Nancy Ramey, at The University of Mississippi in Oxford in 1956.  After getting married, they moved to Tallahassee, Florida where Ken pursued his postgraduate studies in the field of Clinical Psychology at The University of Florida.  It was there that Ken and Nancy brought their dearly beloved daughter, Kenda, into the world.  After receiving his doctorate, Ken took a faculty position at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg where he taught, mentored, and served for 33 years.

Because of his intuitive and far-reaching influence, Ken would leave such a legacy that the Clinical Psychology department at Southern Miss. would be named in his honor.  Ken authored six books throughout his lifetime, with his most recent entitled: In Search of Identity: A Journey Within (2014).

Ken will be forever remembered by his wife Nancy of 60 years, daughter Kenda, 3 grandchildren, Colby (Brittany) Cuevas, Casey Wilberding, and Jon Conner Cuevas, 3 great-grandchildren Oliver and Evelyn Cuevas, and Addison Wilberding, his brother Neil (Sylvia), and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Ken’s life will be held on Monday January 22 at the Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home, 205 Bay Street Hattiesburg, MS, with visitation from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm and a memorial service from 12:00 – 1:00 pm with Rev. Colby Cuevas and Rev. Sharon Ramey officiating.