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Obituary: Stanley W. Guth, Arcadia

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Stanley W. Guth passed away April 7, 2014. He was born April 28, 1920, the son of Louis and Matilda Guth of Mount Vernon, Indiana (Posey County).

He was a 21-year veteran of the Indiana State Police Department, serving as commander of the Evansville District, the Seymour District and the Traffic and Inspection Division at General Headquarters in Indianapolis, where he organized and commanded the department’s Crowd and Riot Control Unit. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star Award for distinguished service to the department and also was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governors Matthew Welsh and Roger Branigan.

Mr. Guth served as a major in World War II and commanded the Armored Division Artillery Unit in the Europeon Theatre of Operations that liberated the Dachau concentration camp. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star and also served in the Military Police Corps and Army Reserve.

Upon retirement from the State Police Department, he joined the Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State, serving as chief of the Public Safety Department in the Philippines. Later he was transferred to Washington, D.C.,here he served as chief of the East Asia Bureau. In Washington, he also served as chief of operations for the Foreign Disaster Assistance program and later as director of the program. Upon retirement, he received the Outstanding Career Achievement Award for developing the U.S. government’s International Assistance Programs.

Mr. Guth was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 64 F and AM in Evansville and the Scottish Rite in Indianapolis. He was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mr. Guth was preceded in death by his wife, the former Erma Lee Beaver of Evansville, IN; and a brother, Russell Guth.

He is survived by his children, Kathryn Suzanne (John) Dixon and Cynthia Lee (William) Glander; grandchildren, Christopher Moon, David Glander and Benjamin Glander; and great-grandchildren, Haley and Derek Moon. Also surviving are sisters, Valerie Strupp and Helen Kessler, and a brother, Jerold Guth.

Memorial services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Flanner and Buchanan-Hamilton Memorial Park, 4180 Westfield Road, Indianapolis.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

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