Luther “Guy” Cauthren

Luther “Guy” Cauthren, 86, of Killington, VT, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2019. He was born on November 27, 1932 in North Wilkesboro, N.C., and spent most of his youth in Raleigh, N.C. After graduating from high school, Guy served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 through 1957 as a fighter jet mechanic. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal for his time served during the Korean War. Following military service, he attended Drake Technical College, N.Y.C., New York.

Guy spent most of his professional career as a Senior Design Engineer at E. I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co. where he held several leadership and management roles. Following his retirement from DuPont, he continued as a consultant engineer in instrument design work. Once Guy permanently retired, he moved from his home in Wilmington, DE to Killington, VT where he pursued and mastered his love of skiing, and continued to do so all over the world. Guy lived a vibrant life. His other hobbies included scuba, race car driving, hiking, camping and his favorite 100 mile annual cycling event, “Tour de Swamp”….better known as “Bike to the Beach”, where he biked to the limit with his fellow Delaware buddies.

Guy was loved and will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his partner of 26 years, Jill Y. Vivian, daughters, E. Denise Matthews (Bob) of Newark, DE, Bonnie J. Shiffner (Bob) of Ocean City, MD, and son, Glenn E. Cauthren (Terri) of Lake Lure, NC. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Kimberly Huerta-Matthews (Manny), Robert Shiffner III (Allie), Luke Shiffner (Casey), Elizabeth Goins (Andy), Felicia D’Ascanio, Tonya D’Ascanio, and Jessie Cauthren, and twelve great grandchildren.  He is pre-deceased by his brother Roger Cauthren, and leaves siblings Evelyn Cummings, Philip Cauthren, Ava Bishop, Joan Gough, and Vicky Le Fevre, many beloved nieces and nephews, countless friends, and last but not least, he is survived by his beloved pug, Turbo Diesel. 

A visitation will be held on Saturday, November 16th from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. with a Celebration of Life beginning at 12:30 P.M. at the Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Rd., Wilmington, DE. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Green Mountain Pug Rescue, 283 Town Line Rd, Mendon, VT 05701 or St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Submitted by Calysta Amos on
Dear Jill, Denise, Bonnie,Glenn and their Families, Our Hearts and Prayers are with all of you. Guy was always a happy, pleasant, Southern Gentleman, and "The Best Story Teller" we have ever known. His sense of humor was infectious and his laugh unforgettable. Although he has left this earth, he will remain with all of us that loved him, and had the privilege of being his friend. Guy, we will miss you and know we will all meet again. All our love, Calysta, Allen, Susan, Jerry, Ridge & Pat

Submitted by Bob Cox on
Sorry to hear about Guy’s passing. I was a newly minted engineer who joined DuPont at the Louviers location in 1969, in the same group as Guy - the Instrument Section of the Design Division of the Engineering Department. He was a very nice, friendly person who was always willing to offer wise advice to newbies like me. I can still picture his warm smile.

Submitted by Andrea Kirk on
RIP Guy! I was so sorry to hear the news of Guy’s passing. I only knew Guy through his generosity and photos. Every February for many many years he opened his home in Killington to us for family ski trips. It was apparent how much he adored his family as the pictures throughout his home told so many stories. He will be missed.