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Richard U. "Dick" Guth

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Richard U. "Dick" Guth Obituary
Guth Richard "Dick" U. Guth, 88, of Harrisburg, died suddenly on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Born March 15, 1929 in Lancaster, OH., he was the son of the late Victor F. and (Martha L. (Underwood) Guth. Richard was married for 46 years to the love of his life and best friend, Nancy Jean (Feese) Guth. He is survived by his children (with former wife Nancy Anne (Bachman) Guth, deceased), R. Scott Guth, (Linda Kemper Guth), John R. Guth (Debra Donahoe Guth), Cathy A. Guth, Mary A. Guth, Susan J. (Guth) Warrell (deceased), (Robert Warrell), Linda L. (Guth) Hale/Sheldon (Don F. Sheldon). He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Richard was a graduate of Lancaster (OH) High School. He obtained degrees in Electrical & Chemical Engineering from Penn State University, the University of Indiana, Bloomington, and "The Ohio State University" where he became a lifelong "Buckeye Fan". He served his country for 8 years in the United States Air Force and achieved the rank of Senior Master Sergeant while assigned to the 121st Fighter Wing, at Lockbourne AFB, Ohio. Richard began his professional life as a communications engineer and sales representative for the General Electric Company. He later founded "Guth Laboratories, Inc." (1976), where his 19 awarded U. S. Patents in the field of chemical breath testing, are utilized to provide products that serve law enforcement agencies throughout the world. Richard was a member of numerous professional organizations to include The Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PE), The International Association of Chemical Testing (IACT) and the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE). He was a 32nd degree Mason, and held membership for 60 years in two Lodges (Harrisburg, PA F&AM #629 and Lancaster, OH F&AM #57), and served as member of the Zembo Shrine. Richard was an authority and autobiographer of his boyhood hero, Thomas Alva Edison. He studied not only his life and inventions, but also the accomplishments of his son Theodore Miller Edison. Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 12, at the Colonial Park United Church of Christ, 5000 Devonshire, Harrisburg, PA 17109. Visitation for friends and family will begin at 12 noon at the church. A luncheon will be held immediately after the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Richard's memory may be made to the (http://www.shrinershospitalforchildren.org/donate) or (http://www.childrensheartfoundation.org/donate-now)


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on May 7, 2017
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