Harold Philip von Gunten

Born: Sun., Jun. 15, 1930
Died: Thu., Mar. 4, 2010

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Harold Philip "Phil" von Gunten, 79, of Catonsville, died Thursday, March 4, 2010 at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore after a long courageous battle with lung cancer and other complications. Born June 15, 1930 in Washington, D.C. he was the son of the late Diana Smith von Gunten and Jacob Albert von Gunten. He was the husband of 58 years to Rose Marie Caple von Gunten of Catonsville, formerly of Patapsco. He graduated from Franklin High School in1948. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed with the anti-aircraft division in El Paso, Tx. and later in Pennsylvania. While on furlough from El Paso, he married his wife the former Rose Marie Caple in January 1952. After leaving the military, he was employed by the U.S. Coast Guard in Curtis Bay. He later attended college and technical schools and was employed by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Howard County. During his 33 years at APL, he was awarded the Antarctic service medal of the United States of America for his service in Antarctica in recognition of valuable contributions to exploration and scientific achievements under the U.S. Antarctic Research Program. He also served in other scientific expeditions to Alaska, the U.S. Virgin Islands and others. Upon his retirement he was congratulated for his outstanding achievements in conceptualizing, designing, and fabricating custom mechanical, electromechanical and electronic devices and systems, and for the testing, field installation, and the operation of very complex electronic equipment. He contributed to many other projects, but upon his retirement from APL it was written that his most worthy contribution was his dedicated, conscientious and hard-working spirit toward each and every project that he had undertaken. Besides his wife, he is survived by daughters and son-in-laws Nina Maria von Gunten and Joseph Monteiro of Catonsville, Carolyn E. and Joseph LaMartina of Plainfield, Ill., three grandchildren Deanna, Joseph, Jr., and Kelsey LaMartina of of Ill. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother Robert von Gunten, Sr. of Frederick, Janet Davis of Hot Springs, Ark., Diana Thompson of Reno, Nevada, Juanita Weaver of Greenbelt and Verona Krueger of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The family will receive friends at the Fletcher Funeral Home, 254 E. Main St., Westminster on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Revs. Mindy Coates and Richard Shamer co-officiating. Interment in Patapsco Cemetery with military honors. Contributions may be made to the Patapsco United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Pat Sisson, 2930 Patapsco Rd., Finksburg, MD 21048. Online condolences may be made at www.fletcherfuneralhome.net.

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R Sollod
   Posted Sun March 07, 2010

Arlene Dormio
   Posted Sun March 07, 2010
I hope that the memories of my Uncle Phil, his sense of humor, his quiet strength and his loving heart will sustain his family in this time of loss. I'm glad that he was in my life and will miss him.

   Posted Sun March 07, 2010
HAVE GOOD MEMORIES OF DAYS OF FRIENDSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP.WAS GRATEFUL FOR FRIENDSHIPS DATING BACK TO OUR PARENTS' DAYS. Rose, I am thinking of you in your great loss at this time. In sympathy, Lilly Johnson Klaty

   Posted Sun March 07, 2010
Rosie & Family:

You have my deepest sympathy on the loss of Phil. I having been thinking of you and your family and keeping you all in my prayers. I have fond memories of all the good times we use to have and know that you also have many cherished memories of Phil.
God Bless! Teebee Knight & Family

Dena Ellison
   Posted Sun March 07, 2010
So sorry to hear about Uncle Phil's passing. I have fond memories of him visiting us when we were children.

Joe & Carolyn LaMartina
   Posted Mon March 08, 2010
We will miss our dear Dad and Grandpa very much, he will always be with us in our wonderful memories of him...especially fishing at Piney Run in Carroll County, Michigan Avenue and the Navy Pier in Chicago, and the beach in Warren Dunes, Michigan. Dad was a great joy to us and fun to travel around with. Dad worked really hard trying to get well for our next fishing trip with him...he loved to go fishing.

Carolyn, Joe, Deanna, Joey and Kelsey LaMartina

Terrie & Dave Dustin
   Posted Mon March 08, 2010
Dave & I extend our sympathy to you Rose and your family. We were very fortunate to have known Phil these past 20 years. He was an inspiration to many co-workers. Our thoughts and prayers now and always.
Terrie & Dave Dustin

Ruby Whelan
   Posted Mon March 08, 2010
Rose and Family

I am so sorry to hear of Cousin Phil's passing. He was an exceptional person whose kind and gentle nature will never be forgotten. My deepest sympathy and condolences to you all.

Joe Butler
   Posted Tue March 09, 2010
I was acquainted with Phil thru our employment at JHU/APL. Phil was a fine gentle man and will be remembered as such. I cannot recall Phil ever uttering an unkind word. My sincere sympathy to his wife and family.

Corinne Gulin
   Posted Sun March 14, 2010
Dear Rose, Carolyn, Nina, and families: We are thinking of you during this sad time. Hoping that the wonderful memories and loving relationships you shared will bring you some comfort. Our sympathy on the passing of your husband, father, and grandfather. Corinne and Jeff Gulin

Brian Lamont
   Posted Mon March 29, 2010
Though it's been years since I've seen Mr von Gunten, I still remember him as a kind and courageous man. My deepest condolences to the family. I have fond memories of time spent with Nina and Rose.

Keith Evans
   Posted Tue March 30, 2010
Nina, So sorry to hear about your dad. If life is truly eternal, then you will meet him again. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Keith

William Olson
   Posted Tue March 30, 2010
Dear Nina, I'm very sad to hear about your dad's passing. He had many achievements in a long life, and his faith will serve him well as he enters the next life. Please take care of yourself.

Rev. Grace Roscoe
   Posted Tue March 30, 2010
My prayers are certainly with you, the family during this time.

"He, who hath led, will lead all through the wilderness. He, who hath fed, will surely feed. He, who hath heard thy cry, will never close His ear. He who hath marked thy faintest sigh, will not forget thy tear. He loveth always, faileth never, so rest on Him today, forever!!!" Amy Carmichael

Forrest G Hall
   Posted Wed March 31, 2010
Dear Nina: Your father was quite a man. I had no idea he was also an engineer and scientist. I know you will feel his loss deeply, but can now feel the peace of his rest in the hands of our lord. Best, Forrest

Nina M. von Gunten
   Posted Wed March 31, 2010

May your light forever shine!

With Love Always, Nina

Petya Campbell
   Posted Wed April 07, 2010
Dear Nina, I'm very sorry to hear about your dad's passing. He had a very interesting and fulfilling life, and so many achievements. He will always be with you and your family in the memories you share. My sincere condolences.

Weifeng Wang
   Posted Tue April 13, 2010
Dear Nina, My deepest condolence to you at this time of sorrow. Your dad had so many talents and had such a wonderful life experience. May his love be forever with you in your heart.

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