Brian James Guttersen



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Lighthouse for Veterans


Operation Black Sheep

Brian James Guttersen, age 36, of Grand Rapids, died unexpectedly Monday, February 1, 2021. He was preceded in death by his father, Gary Guttersen. Brian is survived by his wife, Lauren; son, Griffin; mother, Kris; mother-in-law, Marie Woodard; father-in-law, Dan De Hoek; brother, Erik; sister, Leah (Mark) Cardillo; brothers & sisters-in-law, Matt (Kaeta) De Hoek, Brian (Lindsey) De Hoek, Jonathan (Maggie) De Hoek; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; nephews, Greyson, Everett, Parker, Hudson, Dexter; and nieces, Landon and Loralie. Brian proudly served his country in the United States Army where he achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class. He served two tours in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom with the 173rd 2-503D Airborne Brigade as a part of Chosen Company. For his actions during the Battle of Wanat he was awarded a Bronze Star Medal with V device (Valor). Other military awards include: Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, 2-Army Commendation Medals, and other various personal and unit citations.  On active duty he spent time in Korea, Italy, and Germany.  Brian returned home to Michigan and served in the Army Reserves.  First, with the 321st PSYOP Company in Grand Rapids where he later became Detachment NCOIC.  He transitioned to the Exercise Branch 3, 3rd BDE, Great Lakes Training Division in Livonia where he was currently serving.

Brian was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He enjoyed spending time in the outdoors and was a lifelong fan of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Lions. He lived an extraordinary life surrounded by people who loved and adored him. He was passionate about helping others grow and thrive. His support, training, and mentorship of fellow soldiers throughout his career was something he was extremely proud of. His sense of humor, smile, and kindness will be missed by all who knew him. Celebration of life to be scheduled in the future.

In lieu of flowers please make a contribution in Brian’s name to one of the following local organizations that support veterans with PTSD. Lighthouse for Veterans at or Operation Black Sheep at

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4 Responses

  1. My heart aches for the loss of this brave, enthusiastic, kind and gentle man. He stood proud as he served our great country with such confidence. Prayers and comfort to his lovely family Lauren and Griffin as well as his Mom Kris, sister Leah and brother Erik.

  2. I will always remember some of the best times of my life with Brian. Such a kind and caring person. We lost a true friend. You are forever in my heart brother. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Lauren. We are here for you always.

    Jonathan and Maureen Turner

  3. There are not words to express the magnitude of this loss. My thoughts are with his family during this seemingly impossible time.

  4. I will never forget all the laughs the great memories Brian and I had growing up. He was an amazing friend and wonderful human being. He will be truly missed by many. My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to his family, wife snd son. Love and miss you brother.

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