Thomas Leroy Guntrum

| May 7, 2012

Thomas Leroy Guntrum, age 65, of Shippenville, died at home surrounded by his family, on Friday morning, May 4, 2012 following a lengthy illness.

Born December 8, 1946 in East Brady, Perry Township, Armstrong County, he was a son of Raymond E. Guntrum, Sr. of New Bethlehem and the late Leila Kathryn Hiles Wyant, who preceded him in death in 2004.

Tom graduated from Union Joint High School in 1964.

He was a veteran of the United States Army serving in the Vietnam War where he received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.

In Vietnam, he married Oanh Thi Le on June 30, 1967. She survives.

Tom was baptized in the Methodist Church. He was a PIAA Baseball Umpire, founded Northern Clarion and Forest County American Legion Baseball and served as the league president from 1989 to 2000. He was inducted into the American Legion Hall of Fame in 1999.

He was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins teams.

In addition to his wife and father, he is survived by his four children: Michael Thomas Guntrum and his wife, Mary, of Knox; Christopher Lee Guntrum of Knox; Lynn Oanh Tarr and her husband, Tom, of Vowinckel and Lynda Kathryn Philips and her husband, Craig, of Butler; Eight grandchildren: Jordan, Jessica, Gage, Megan, Brandon, Tommy, Chloe and Jadyn.

He is also survived by two brothers, Raymie and Bryan Guntrum of New Bethlehem and a sister, Kim Gates of Curllsville.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the William N. Rupert Mortuary, Inc., 430 Mendenhall Avenue, Knox.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with the Reverend Gregory Passauer officiating.

The Berlin Bowser American Legion Post #720 of Knox will accord military honors prior to the start of the service on Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Thomas Leroy Guntrum to the Butler Veterans Administration, 325 New Castle Road, Butler, PA 16001

Online condolences may be sent to Tom’s family at

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