John W. Gumpper

September 15, 1919 ~ January 3, 2015


John W. Gumpper, 95, of Butler, Pennsylvania, went to be with the Lord on January 3, 2015 at the Butler Memorial Hospital.

He was born September 15, 1919 in Butler, Pennsylvania to the late Alfred J. Gumpper and Annie L. (Wilson) Gumpper.

Mr. Gumpper was a member of First United Methodist Church where he had been a trustee and Sunday School superintendent/ teacher. He was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps and a World War II P-51 Mustang fighter pilot from 1943 thru 1945. Mr. Gumpper was a designer and project manager for Walter L. Wimer and Associates, Architectural Engineer, from 1947 thru 1974. He worked on projects such as St. Paul's School and Convent and many other churches in the Butler Area. Mr. Gumpper also designed the United Telephone Main Office and Equipment Building as well as other businesses in Butler, Callery, Allison Park, and Murraysville, PA. He designed many residences in PA, FL and W. VA. He was on the Butler County Symphony Orchestra Board and designed the program covers. Mr. Gumpper played his curved soprano saxophone for musical groups since the mid '30s. He played with the Bill Sellers' Orchestra thru the 1950s, the Ed Brinker's Orchestra through the 1960s and 1970s, his own orchestra and jazz combos until the late 1970s. He continued playing his silver sax for the residences of NewHaven Court. He made the drawings for marble-plaques (Butler City) for the Hospital Auxiliary as well as programs, posters, and he drew black/white portraits and local homes on order. Mr. Gumpper was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan.

Mr. Gumpper is survived by two sons, John W. Gumpper, Jr. and Robert A. Gumpper both of Butler, PA; one daughter, Nancy L. Fretwell of Bradford Woods, PA; five grandchildren, Brian Prentice, Tracie (Fretwell) McCusker, Bradley Fretwell, Christopher Gumpper, Abigail Gumpper; five great grandchildren; one sister, Evelynita (Evie) Welsh of Santa Rosa, CA; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 1st wife, Marian S. Gumpper; his 2nd wife Joan (Smith) Gumpper; son Rev. William A. "Bill" Gumpper; two brothers Alfred H. and Richard V. Gumpper, three sisters, Betty Hocker, Kay L. Myers and Ada L. McDonnell.

Friends will be received at Thompson - Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124 East North Street, Butler, PA. on Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 12 (noon) to 3 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 3:30 at the First United Methodist Church, 200 East North Street Butler, PA, with Pastor Tom Holman and Pastor Eric Park, of First United Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial will take place in the North Side Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 200 East North Street, Butler, PA 16001, or to the Salvation Army, 313 West Cunningham Street, Butler, PA 16001.























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