June 12, 1941 - October 14, 2021
LTG Otto J. Guenther, US Army, Retired, of Fairfax Station, Virginia passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Jan Guenther, beloved daughters, Tracy Ritch (Rob) and Debbie Heard (Kennon), adored sister, Barbara Guenther, and cherished grandchildren; Shelby, Ryan, Kylie, Kennon, Sammy, and Ali. Otto is preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Ruth Guenther. Otto was born and raised in Red Bank, New Jersey and graduated from Red Bank High School, class of 1959. He attended McDaniel College, class of 1963. Upon completing the ROTC program at McDaniel College, he was commissioned in the US Army Signal Corps as a Second Lieutenant. He proudly served in many assignments both in the continental United States and overseas ultimately rising to the rank of Lieutenant General. As a Signal Corps officer, Otto served in both the Korean and Vietnam theaters of operation and commanded the 102nd Signal Battalion, 5th Signal Command in Germany. Later in the new US Army Acquisition Corps, Otto was entrusted with the procurement, management and deployment of many critical warfighter enhancements to include Combat Net Radios- SINCGARS, Mobile Subscriber Equipment (MSE), GPS, and other military satellite communications equipment. Throughout his distinguished military service, he tirelessly worked to support our troops in the field. He led organizations to innovate and integrate a wide array of technologies so that combat leaders could share common operating information throughout America’s battlefields. Otto Guenther’s military career culminated with promotion to Lieutenant General and assignment as the US Army’s first ever Chief Information Officer-CIO/ G6. Upon retirement from active duty service, LTG (ret) Guenther joined the private sector and worked as an industry leader with Computer Associates International, and TRW/Northrup Grumman. Throughout his life, Otto Guenther has been a dedicated servant of both his Church and his alma mater. At Christ Church, he held many leadership positions throughout the past twenty-six years. Dedicated to the progress of McDaniel College, he served in many positions on the Board of Trustees culminating in his selection as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He led the Board of Trustees until October 7, 2021. A dedicated family man, Otto enjoyed many memorable times with his family and friends at his house in Florida, and loved vacationing in Maine and at Smith Mt. Lake, VA. Upon retirement from his professional life, Otto enjoyed and finessed the art of shopping at Costco and the Commissary. His favorite meals were lobster and crab cakes! After retirement, he and his wife Jan were able to travel to many exciting places throughout the world and he always found time to practice and improve his golf game. A Celebration of Life will be held on November 15, 2021 at 11:00 at Christ Church in Fairfax Station, Virginia. A ceremony for his military service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. Details for the service at Arlington National Cemetery will be updated once scheduled. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to either Christ Church or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Otto’s honor.
LTG Otto J. Guenther, US Army, Retired, of Fairfax Station, Virginia passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Jan Guenther, beloved daughters, Tracy Ritch (Rob) and Debbie Heard (Kennon), adored... View Obituary & Service Information
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