Joseph J. Gutkoski
1927 — 2021
Joe Gutkoski died peacefully August 5, 2021; 94 years old. He was born to Barney and Mary Gutkoski in Wilkes-Barre, PA and was raised as a Pennsylvania deer hunter, trout fisherman, mushroom and berry picker, hickory nut, walnut, hazel nut, butternut and Yes, American chestnut gatherer. Joe graduated from the township high school and enlisted in the Navy in WW II where he served on the Destroyer Lansdowne. He graduated from Penn State University under the WW II GI Bill with a BS degree in Landscape Architecture. He began work with the US Forest Service in the late 1940's as a fire fighter in Idaho. He transferred to Missoula, MT where for 13 years he worked as Smoke Jumper, squad leader and...