Loretta Guffey


Loretta Faye Guffey, 80, of Ottumwa, died at 7:23 a.m. April 2, 2021 at Ridgewood Specialty Care in Ottumwa.

She was born November 30, 1940 in Sunshine, IA to Lewis “Jack” and Golda Mathes Sleeth. Loretta married William Lewis “Skeeter” Guffey Jr. on December 18, 1960 and he preceded her in death on August 23, 2008.

Growing up in Exline, she was a 1959 graduate of Cincinnati High School. Loretta worked for a short time at Main Street Market, McClellan’s and HyVee all in Centerville.

She enjoyed making quilts, sewing, embroidery and watching her grandchildren grow.

Surviving are her children, William Lewis Guffey III of Exline, Marla (Jerry) Kerby of Troy, IL and Valerie Guffey of Ottumwa; daughter-in-law, Robin Kauffman of Ottumwa; 8 grandsons, 7 step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Kaye (David) Martin of Griffin, GA, Zelta Brinegar of Baton Rouge, LA, Linda Morse of Indianola and Cindy (John) Brown of Ringgold, GA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Gregory Kauffman and Bradley Curtis Guffey; grandson, Zachary Curtis Guffey and brother, Russell Sleeth.

Her body has been cremated.

The family will be present to greet friends from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday April 8th at Reece Funeral Home. Following the visitation there will be a graveside service and inurnment at Crossroads Cemetery west of Centerville.

Memorials may be made to the family to be designated at a later date.

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