G. Gordon Guist Sr., 84, passed away June 12, 2011, at Windward Gardens surrounded by his son and daughter-in-law, Gordon and Robin Guist. Born in Tarentum, Pa., on Jan. 8, 1927, he was the son of Elmer H. and Cecilia (Thompson) Guist. He was a 1944 graduate of Tarentum High School and Bethany College in West Virginia Class of 1949 where he received his bachelor of arts in journalism.

A World War II combat veteran, Guist served 22 months as a landing craft coxswain with U.S. Navy Amphibious Forces in the central and northern Pacific Theatre aboard the U.S.S. Goshen. He was later commissioned as an ensign in the Naval Reserves assigned to Naval Security in Neville Island, Pa.

On June 18, 1949, he married Marjorie Katherine Cole at the Lutheran Church of Atonement in Asbury Park, N.J. Mr. Guist was a former city editor with the Valley Daily News in Tarentum, Pa., and retired as associate editor of Asbury Park Press in 1990. Mr. Guist was a member of the Pollock Masonic Lodge 502, F. & A.M. in Tarentum and a former member of the First Methodist Church in Asbury Park, N.J. Following the death of Mrs. Guist in 2002, he moved to Camden to be near his son, daughter-in-law, and grandson. An avid reader, he was interested in the English language and considered himself a wordsmith.

He is survived by his son, G. Gordon Guist Jr. and his wife, Robin; grandson, Geoffrey Guist, all of Camden; and granddog, Bodie.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services held. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 or pdf.org.

Condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Guist family by visiting their book of memories at longfuneralhomecamden.com.

Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St. in Camden.