Rae Guistwite, 98, decorated WWII vet, TMI safety instructor, attended GT Church

By on August 15, 2018

Rae Guistwite, 98, of Lititz, went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018.

Born Feb. 14, 1920, in Reading, he was the son of the late Harry Daniel and Minnie (Summy) Guistwite.

Rae was a resident of Brethren Village in Lititz. Before retiring in 1982, he was employed by the Metropolitan Edison Company (GPU), last working at their Three Mile Island nuclear unit, where he was a safety instructor following TMI’s 1979 nuclear incident.

Rae served with honor as a Captain in the 2nd Armored Division of the US Army during World War II. He was awarded two bronze stars and a presidential citation for his service. In 2010, he was also awarded the French Legion of Honor medal for valiant service during 1944’s Allied liberation of France and Europe.

He was a graduate of Albright College. He loved to travel, to share his faith, and to tell stories about his time of service in the army. He attended GT Church in West Lawn.

He was preceded in death by his wife: Betty Jane (Balthaser) Guistwite.

Surviving are three children: Jolene, wife of Calvin Ulrich Jr. Robesonia; Jeffrey Walter, husband of Casondra Walter, Tionesta; and Wendy, wife of Robert Nagle, Lititz; together with eight granddaughters; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Lamm and Witman Funeral Home, 243 W. Penn Ave., Wernersville, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. with Pastor Tom Rees officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Pleasant View Cemetery.

Contributions can be made in Rae’s memory to Global Disciples, 315 W. James St., Suite 202, Lancaster, PA 17603.

View and sign the family guestbook at lammandwitman.com. Arrangements by Lamm and Witman Funeral Home, Wernersville.

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