Harold F. Guggemos, age 93, of Winsted, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, with Father Mike Doyle as the celebrant. Interment with military rites will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery.
There will be visitation Monday, Nov. 18 at the church, from 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass.
Harold’s brother, Art Guggemos will be the honorary urn bearer.
Casket bearers will be Harold’s grandsons, Christopher Guggemos, Chad Aune, Jonathan Murphy, and James Rathbun; and granddaughters Meghan Guggemos, and Kellie Guggemos.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.
Harold was born Dec. 25, 1925.
He graduated from Holy Trinity High School, and attended classes at the Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis.
Drafted into the United States Army during World War II, Harold trained as a radio operator and served with honor in both Europe and the Pacific.
He then returned to Winsted and was a partner with his brother, Art in Guggemos Brothers Decorators.
Harold also donated his talents to many projects at Holy Trinity church, schools, rectory, and convent as a painter, carpenter, and carpet and tile layer.
In addition, Harold had a 24-year career as a rural mail carrier for the US Postal Service. After retiring, he pursued his passion for building O Gauge model trains, a pursuit in which he garnered the title of “Master Builder.”
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ruth; his brothers, Kenneth and Don; daughter in-law Dawn Guggemos (Landin); and grandchild Mark Thomas Aune.
He is survived by his wife of 68 and one-half years, Theresa “Tess” Guggemos (Antil); and six children: Jeanne (Patrick) Murphy of Tullahoma, TN, Joel (Debbie) Guggemos of Winsted, Mark (Mary) Guggemos of Hutchinson, Mike Guggemos of Winsted, Joanne (Clyde) Aune of Bellevue, NE, and Tom Guggemos of Winsted; and 14 grandchildren: Michael Murphy, James Murphy, Jonathan Murphy, Ian Murphy, Emily Albrecht, April Baird, Christopher Guggemos, Meghan Guggemos, James Rathbun, Julie Prokosch, Chrissie Guggemos Walczak, Kellie Guggemos, Chad Aune and Jason Aune.
Harold is further survived by 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, Art Guggemos of Winsted; and four sisters-in-law: Donna Guggemos of Winsted, Helen Guggemos of Hutchinson, Doris Guggemos of Buffalo, and Bea Gagnon of Howard Lake.