A Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of life of John Guilford were held Monday, July 14, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church. Co-officiating were Father Randy Giesige and Father John Stites. Pallbearers were Josh Johnson, Josh Ryan, Dan Guilford, Sam Guilford, Ron Renollet and James Seele. Honorary pallbearers were Dick Guilford and Jack Speiser. A special flag-folding ceremony was conducted by Defiance VFW Post 3360. John's nephew, Jason Mack, read the significance of the 13 folds with regards to flag etiquette and meaning. Sherwood VFW Post 5665 conducted military rites. Singing a special song at the graveside were Deb and Sophie Brown. Taps were played by John's niece, Mellody Stephens. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.