Eugene D. Gauntlett

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Eugene D. Gauntlett, 67, of Branchdale, died Friday at Schuylkill Medical Center-South Jackson Street.

Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Joseph and Hilda McGuire Gauntlett.

He attended St. Mary Star of the Sea Parochial School and was a 1965 graduate of Nativity BVM High School. He also studied business administration at the former Ford School of Business. A graduate of the Harrisburg Police Academy, he was a member of the Harrisburg City Police Department, retiring in 1996 after 25 years of service.

He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, serving in the Republic of South Vietnam for one tour.

He was a member of Friedens Lutheran Church, Stein's Mill. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Keystone Lodge 41, a life member of Shellsville VFW, Post 9639, a charter member of the Muddy Creek Gun Club, Reilly Township, and a member of the Second Expense Hunting Club, Sullivan County.

Eugene enjoyed hunting and fishing, but especially enjoyed his role as a loving grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, the former Rae Ellen Heiser, to whom he was married for 27 years; two daughters, Stacey Gauntlett and her husband, Matthew Miller, Harrisburg, and Michelle Kann and her husband, Joshua, Carlisle; two stepsons, Jason Robinson, Selinsgrove, and Terry Brubaker, Elmhurst Township; four grandchildren, Elias and Declan Miller and Lilly and Kira Kann; a sister, Cathleen Palokas and her husband, Edward, Branchdale; a niece, Melanie Haugh and her husband, Keith, Cornwall; and two great-nieces, Kennedy and Ella Haugh.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday from Frieden's Lutheran Church, 54 Church Road, Pottsville. Interment with military honors will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, East Hanover Township. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers remembrances to Voluntary Service Office of the Lebanon VA Medical Center, 1700 South Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA 17042. Dutcavich Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

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Published in Republican & Herald on Aug. 25, 2014
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