Forrest Leroy Guth
Age 88, of Hockessin, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 9, 2009, at Cokesbury Village.
He was born in 1921 in Lehigh County, PA to the late John H. R. and Mayme L. Guth. Upon graduation from high school, Forrest went to work a Bethlehem Steel making armor plate for the Navy. In July 1942, he and two of his buddies decided to enlist in the U.S. Army and volunteer for the paratroops. In doing so, Forrest became one of 140 men who formed the original 'Easy Company' of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne. He served his country as part of the renowned "Band of Brothers" throughout World War II. Upon his return from the War, Forrest received a college education at Millersville State Teachers College; then began his teaching career in Norfolk, VA, teaching industrial arts at Granby High School. It was then that he met and married the love of his life, Harriet Ann Amis. The two spent a year in New York City, where Forrest received a Masters Degree in Education. The couple then moved to Wilmington, DE where Forrest taught high school for more than thirty years, including the last 20 years at Brandywine High School. Forrest was a master cabinet maker; he continued his specialty woodworking business throughout his life. Forrest was an active Westminster Presbyterian Church member for 58 years. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees, led numerous work groups to the Appalachia area of Tennessee, was responsible for the church's audio equipment and volunteered to take care of all miscellaneous repairs and custom woodwork. After moving with his wife from Wilmington to Hockessin in 1997, Forrest continued to volunteer his time and energy serving on numerous committees at Cokesbury Village in addition to his church responsibilities. He also continued and expanded his hobbies, including woodworking, bird carving and automotive restoration. Forrest enjoyed summers in the Poconos with his family and friends, as well as boating, traveling and sharing with people of all ages his experiences and memories of the war. He regularly volunteered by visiting hospitals, schools and military bases in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Forrest is a Hero - both to his family and his country.
He and his wife were married for 60 years, and had 2 children - Nancy Serfass, from Todos Santos, Baha California Sur, Mexico and her husband Tom Carroll, and John Guth who resides in Annapolis, MD with his wife Cynthia. Forrest also had two granddaughters, Ltd. Stacy Guth, a naval flight officer currently stationed in Monterey, CA and Jamie Guth, an art director for an advertising firm, living in Satellite Beach, Fl. He is also survived by a sister, Helen Guth Snyder, of Arvada, CO.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 15, at 11 am, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 West 13th Street, Wilmington, DE 19806. The burial service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA at 3 PM on Friday, October 30, 2009.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Forrest's name may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church.
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