Austin Gunnell III Harrisonville, 56
Austin “Fred” Gunnell, III, 56, Harrisonville, Pa., died Friday afternoon, July 5, 2013, at his home.
Born March 5, 1957, in Washington, D.C., he was a son of the late Austin F., II and Grace J. Hall Gunnell.
He was a graduate of the Wheaton High School, Wheaton, Md., and served a four-year apprenticeship with Sheet Metal Local 100 in Washington, D.C. Following his employment with the Sheet Metal Union, he began crafting at his home and has been a self- employed blacksmith for 30 years.
During that time he has been recognized for his many artistic abilities and his work is displayed throughout the United States. He owned and operated Antietam Iron Works and Powder Coating and enjoyed spending the past several years working alongside his sons. Jesus Christ and family were the center of Fred’s world. His greatest desire was to leave a footprint for Jesus and was a constant witness for his Lord and Savior.
He attended World Harvest Outreach in Chambersburg and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren to whom he was known as “Pap Pap.” His hobbies included hunting, beekeeping, gardening and restoring his 1950 Chevy pickup truck.
He is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen Perry Gunnell, whom he married June 20, 1981; three children: James A. Gunnell and wife Danelle of McConnellsburg; Daniel A. Gunnell and wife Lindsey of McConnellsburg; and Regan E. Rafetto and husband Christian of Beaver Falls, Pa.; and grandchildren: Israel, Brooke and one expected in November; two sisters: Audrey Gunnell-Lohr and husband Reid of Lovettsville, Va., and Toni McWaters and husband David of Leesburg, Va.; a brother-in-law, James E. Perry Jr. of Chambersburg; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Eric Englehart of Powell, Ohio; his mother-in-law, Grace E. Perry of Harrisonville; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ethan S. Gunnell, on October 19, 2007.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m., Monday, July 8, 2013, at World Harvest Outreach, Chambersburg. Rev. Carl McKee officiated. Interment was at 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Stenger Hill Cemetery, Ft. Loudon.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cumberland Valley Christian School, 600 Miller Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg.
Condolences and memories may be shared on his Book of Memories page at www.geiselfuneralhome.com.