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
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
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
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.
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.