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Posted: Friday, April 27, 2018 10:15 am

Guenther Hans Pomer passed away peacefully in his home in Homestead, Florida on December 27, 2017 at the age of 98.

Guenther was born in Berlin, Germany on September 25, 1919 to Anna Hedwig Rossellek and Johannes Pomerehnke. The family immigrated to the United States in 1925, entering through Ellis Island. He attended elementary, junior high school and one year of high school in the Tampa, Florida. The family moved to Havana, Cuba where his father worked for Lykes Brothers. Guenther graduated from Candler College in 1937 before returning to the United States where he became a naturalized citizen, gratefully

serving his country in the Civil Air Patrol and then the United States Air Force Base Unit from October, 1942 through May, 1946.He graduated “top man” in his class from Georgia Institute of Technology as a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering in 1949. He took additional advanced math courses at University of Florida and Louisiana University in later years and was fluent in three languages.

Guenther married Virginia Perkins Ashbaugh on September 9, 1947. They had two children, Shirley and Kenneth, who predeceased his father in March of 2014. After Virginia’s death in 1974, Guenther married again. He and Janice were divorced in 1990. He is

survived by his daughter, Shirley Almeida, his grandchildren, Erika Bayot and Anthony Almeida, his great grandchildren, Pilar, Pia, and Matthias Bayot, and his daughter-in-law, Jayne Pomer.

Guenther was passionate about providing financial and emotional security for his family. He taught his children the absolute necessity of ethical behavior, education, and critical thinking. He also treated his family to annual family vacations, creating special lasting family memories. He was equally passionate about his life’s work as a Professional Engineer and thoroughly enjoyed his career in the aeronautics and space industry. He was a member of several State and National Societies of Professional Engineers, including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Washington Society of Professional Engineers and past president of the Puget Sound Engineering Council. Guenther was employed by the Boeing Company from !961 until he retired in 1990. He is included in the Apollo/ Saturn V Roll of Honor for his contribution to America’s first lunar landing. Guenther enjoyed ballroom dancing and managing a financial portfolio in his “spare time”.

Guenther Pomer was a uniquely gifted individual. He was greatly loved and is greatly missed.