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Dr. Frederick Richard Guenther, VMD

Obituary for Dr. Frederick Richard Guenther, VMD

November 20, 1926 - November 25, 2016
| Age 90


Dr. Frederick Richard Guenther, VMD, died peacefully November 25, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. He was 90 years old and a resident of the Cottages at Chandler Hall.

Fred was born in Philadelphia to the late F. Richard and Gertrude (Saur) Guenther on Nov. 20, 1926. He was a graduate of Germantown High School (1944) and served in the U.S. Army from January 1945 to December 1946. Completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania (1948), he earned his Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris in 1952.

Fred was serving in the U.S. Army on his way as part of the invasion force during the waning days of WWII when Japan surrendered. He was then reassigned and stationed in Korea.

After a short residence in Danville, Pa., his young family moved to Newtown and he set up his veterinary practice from their Richboro Road home before establishing the Newtown Veterinary Hospital in the Newtown Commons. He enjoyed caring for many large and small animals during his 40-year practice serving lower Bucks County.

Fred and Ruthe were married on June 16, 1951 in Mt. Holly, NJ. They have been members of the Newtown Presbyterian Church for over 62 years, where they were members of the senior choir, and the former 4F group. Fred also served as a church Elder.
Fred was a member of the Newtown Exchange Club and the Newtown Reliance Organization. He was also a member and past-President of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association. He was also a member of several local Bible study groups and also participated in raising awareness of Palestinian humanitarian issues.

Fred had a joyful, positive attitude and a boyhood-like wonder for life and nature. Fred enjoyed beach vacations where he dug holes for children and grandchildren, flew kites, body surfed and swam. For years, he was active in a Saturday morning tennis "club.", which later transformed into a breakfast gathering of friends. He enjoyed photography, cross stitch, mystery stories, and jokes. Fred and Ruthe built many memories from travel to Europe, Africa, China, as well as their childrens' homes. During foreign trips with the Allo Travelers, Fred entertained many with his soap bubbles.

Preceded in death by his parents, and infant brother Richard Henry, he is survived, adored, and cherished by his entire family. His wife and life companion of 65 years, Ruthe Donecker Guenther. CHILDREN: Donald Guenther (Daria), Gretchen Weikel (Bruce), David Guenther, Bruce Guenther (Joanne), Mark Guenther (Maggie). GRANDCHILDREN: James Guenther, Paul Guenther (Stephanie Wolcott), Becky Wagner (Brian), David Weikel (Amy), Kate Weikel, Daniel Guenther (Jillian), Christine Guenther (Cory Roth), Michael, Ava, and Aidan Guenther. GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Bryn and Elsie Weikel, Cameron and Emmeline Wagner, and Margot Guenther.

Visitation hours with the family will be held at the Swartz- Givnish Funeral Home, 323 Washington Ave., Newtown, PA 18940 on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 1- 3 pm with a burial ceremony immediately following at the Old Historical Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Sycamore Street, Newtown.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 pm at the Newtown Presbyterian Church, 25 N. Chancellor Street, Newtown, to be immediately followed by a reception in the church's Ettenger Hall.

Donations to honor Fred can be made to: The Newtown Presbyterian Church - Historical Church Committee or the NPC Senior Choir.

"Although he may be gone, our memories will remain forever in our hearts," his son, Mark, said. "He was proud of all of us and we were proud of him. It was a good life, well lived!"

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • The Newtown Presbyterian Church- Historical Church Committee
  • The Newtown Presbyterian Church Senior Choir

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Newtown, PA 18940
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