Robert W. Gutshall


Robert W. Gutshall, 94, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Born in Altoona, Pennsylvania on November 11, 1923, he was the son of Milton and Florence Gutshall. He was an Army veteran proudly serving in World War II. He served in North Africa, Mediterranean, Italy, France, and Germany. He was especially proud to have been part of the 1st wave invasion into Germany and for serving aboard the cruiser USS Augusta.

Bob married the love of his life, Eileen Dunlap, in 1947 and after attending college in Philadelphia, they moved to Schenectady to begin his career with General Electric and raise their family. Bob was an engineer working both in television and radio for WRGB and WGY in Schenectady for 35 years, retiring in 1983.

Bob held an advanced license as a ham radio operator with the call sign N2AIA. He enjoyed participating in carrier nets and teaching local students interested in amateur radio.

Bob spent many summers fishing and boating on Sacandaga Lake with his family, and tending to his beautiful flower gardens. He enjoyed scenic motorcycle trips with friends and family. Bob was an animal lover and enjoyed spending time at his daughter’s horse farm.

His hobbies included photography, woodworking and building clocks. Bob was an expert baker, cinnamon buns were his specialty. He also loved music, initially playing trombone in an orchestra, and later learning guitar and keyboard.

He was predeceased by his wife of more than 60 years, Eileen and his brothers Arthur and Stanley Gutshall. Bob is survived by his children Jeffrey Gutshall (Mary) of Bonners Ferry, Idaho and Jacqueline St. Onge (Gary) Ballston Spa; granddaughter Katie; four great grandchildren Evan, Eric, Elizabeth and Emilie of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held at Sweetman Cemetery in the Spring.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org

Guest Book

Mandy Reymer

We will miss Bob and his presence beside us. Though we knew him later in his life, he passed on to us his devotion for his wife and family. The stories of his hometown, which is close to where my Grandma lived, warmed my heart. Stirring memories of a time dear to me.

He made me laugh as he spoke of how he was a pioneer in his industry and taught Liz Bishop the ropes when she started at channel six.

Always welcoming us with a smile and a story.

It is an honor to have know him. I am sure he is more than content with his beloved wife now.

My condolences to his family. It was a pleasure to have been able to meet you.

Blessings,

Mandy with Marco, Jenna and Sara

Mary Rocco

Dear Jackie and Gary, so sorry for the loss of your father. Please accept my sincere sympathies.

Ken Heckeler

So often I have thought of Bob in the last few months. Over the years we have shared many afternoons, telling war stories, life of former years, and the problems of getting old.

Bob was a good friend and I will miss our times of sharing.

Ken Heckeler

Kris and Jeff Pease

Hi Jackie and Gary, was so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. If we can do anything for you, please let us know. You are in our prayers.

Rick and Laraine Longhurst

Dear Jackie and Gary,
So sorry for your loss. We know that you have been so supportive of both your father and mother, sharing so much of yourselves and giving them so many memorable experiences they never would have been able to enjoy without your energy and constant presence. Our thoughts are very much with you both.
Rick and Laraine

Jack Aernecke

I'm very sorry to read of Gutch's passing. He was operating the old 2-inch video tape machines when I started at Channel 6 in the early 70s. He was a no nonsense person who was always kind to this very green kid when I first started. We had a number of laughs in tape during the years until his retirement. I send my condolences to the entire family.

Jack

Rick Ramsey

I had many interesting chats with Gutch, through the medium of Amateur Radio. He was a very nice man and excellent Ham operator. He will be missed by all his friends on the Nets he participated in. Rick KD2LE