LTC Maurice D Gwinner was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 07/27/2015 at the age of 84.8
Savannah, GA
Date of Birth 10/08/1930
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: LTC Maurice Gwinner, (US Army Ret.) died July 27, 2015. Born in Daytona Beach in 1930, he was the son of LTC Harold Henry and Mary Groover Gwinner (deceased). He attended the University of Mississippi and finished school at the University of Texas, Austin, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and the ROTC. Following in the the footsteps of his father, he served 20 years in the Army, and fought in the Korean and Viet Nam conflicts. He flew airplanes and helicopters, achieving Master Aviator status. He ended his career as an aircraft maintenance staff officer. Throughout his service, he was awarded a number of military honors and awards, including the Bronze Star and the Air Medal with three oakleaf clusters. He was a charter member of the Army Aviation Assn. of America (Quad A), and was a founding sponsor of the National Museum of the US Army. He also was a member of MOAA and the Military Order of World Wars. Singing was one of Maurice's greatest joys. He sang in barbershop quartets and choruses for more than 45 years, and was a member of choruses in Savannah, Macon and Roswell. He sang tenor with the award-winning Tybee Lighthouse quartet, and lead with Savannah Sound. In 1981, he was tapped for the high honor of membership in the Barbershop Confederate Harmony Brigade, and was selected for the international honorary group called AHSOW (The Ancient Harmonious Society of Woodshedders). He also sang in musical stage productions and in church choirs. Among other volunteer efforts, he and wife, Gay, led sing-a-longs for groups at Carlyle Place Retirement Community in Macon, where they have lived since 2003. Maurice was a member of Vineville United Methodist Church in Macon, and was associate member of Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church in Savannah. After retirement, he enjoyed working as a docent at the Ships of the Sea Museum in Savannah. Upon moving to Macon, he became a strong supporter of philanthropic, performing arts, and history organizations, and the Tubman and Arts & Science museums. Maurice was a member of NARFE, the Ga. Military/Federal Retiree Coalition and, as a proud descendant of the original Salzburgers who helped settle Savannah, he was a member of the Ga. Salzburger Society. He was a former Boy Scout leader and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow. He took great pride in the fact that his two sons and two grandsons are Eagle Scouts. He delighted in his friends and family and pets, and he was well known for giving hugs and being the first to say, Let me know how I can help ... He volunteered for several alzheimer's and memory research projects with Mercer and Emory Universities, hoping that his participation might bring more understanding and potential cures for such problems. For 37 years Maurice was married to the former Mary Margaret Beatty, who predeceased him. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, the former Gay Piper Orr. Also surviving are: sons, Ned Gwinner (Melissa) Kauii, Hawaii, and Ken Gwinner (Jean Savitsky) Atlanta and New York City; daughter, Nan Gwinner (Evelyn Harris) La Crescenta, California; sister, Marilyn Damian (Jim) San Diego, California, nephew Brent Phillips (Jennifer) Acworth; and Stepdaughter Rachael Takei (Ken) Atlanta. He was 'Poppi' to his beloved grandchildren: Amy McKinney (SFC Tim) Parkstein, Germany; Chris, Antigua, Guatemala; Ben, Savannah; Rosie, Macon; and Piper Takei, Atlanta. His great-grandsons are Nick and Tanner McKinney. The family is deeply grateful for the friendship and caregiving of Shirley Jones, Patricia Lockett, Dora Hughes and Dr. Jack Menendez. And to his son, Ken Gwinner, for his unyielding dedication to Maurice's recovery. Visitation will be held Saturday, August 1 from 1-2pm at Hart's Mortuary at the Cupola on Peake Road. Funeral services to follow at 2pm. A private burial will follow the funeral at Riverside Cemetery. A celebration of life party will be held at Carlyle Place on Zebulon Road Wednesday, August 5, from 5:00-7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Employee Gift Fund, Carlyle Place, 5300 Zebulon Road, Macon, GA 31210.; Vineville United Methodist Church, 2025 Vineville Avenue, Macon, GA 31204; or charity of choice . Register online at Hart's Mortuary at the Cupola Savannah Morning News July 29, 2015 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at

Published in Savannah Morning News on July 29, 2015

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