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Edward Eugene Guldenschuh, 1926 – 2008

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 Edward Guldenschuh (“Ed”) was one of seven children born to Arthur and Violet Bryant Guldenschuh, in Binghamton, N.Y., and grew up in the Binghamton-Endicott-Vestal Triple Cities area of New York State. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, and served as a torpedo man on a PT boat in the Philippines during World War II. After the war, he worked for the Endicott-Johnson Company, and then, for many years, IBM, in computer design and development. In the early 1960s, he also served two small Methodist churches in New York State as a licensed part-time pastor, and completed summer course work at Wesley Theological Seminary.
 In 1965, he and his family moved to Durham, N.C., where he continued his work with IBM at its Research Triangle Park location. He remained very active in his local Methodist church and served as a guest pulpit speaker, as God provided opportunities. In 1969, he answered the Lord’s call to full-time ministry and he and his family relocated to Brodnax, Va., where he began serving his first appointment in the Virginia Conference — a three-point charge — while pursuing his academic studies at Atlantic Christian College and course work at Duke Divinity School.
 From Brodnax, he went on to serve appointments at West Brunswick in the Petersburg District, Shiloh in the Ashland District, New Hope, Carmel-Coles Point, and Beulah-St. Paul in the Rappahannock District, and St. James-West Augusta in the Staunton District. He retired in 1995, and was serving Rankin Church in the Staunton District at the time of his death.
 He loved his Lord, and he loved to preach and teach the message of salvation. He will be remembered for his love of his local congregations; for his inspired and heartfelt messages; and for his unique ability to empathize with and help those who sought his counsel.
 He enjoyed sharing good times and conversation with family and friends, reading, golfing, and fishing — especially on the lake at the family cabin in Canada. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, June; three brothers and a sister; two sons, Blaine and Jon; a daughter, Lynette Doyle; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
 His favorite hymns were Are Ye Able? and How Firm a Foundation. His favorite Bible verse was Galatians 2:20 — “I have been crucified with Christ — [in Him] I have shared His crucifixion; it is no longer I who live, but Christ, the Messiah, lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith — by adherence to and reliance on and [complete] trust — in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (Zondervan — The Amplified Bible)
— Lynette Doyle


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