Late Evening, Thursday, April 9, Jeffrey Alan Guyer, 64, devoted husband, father, and grandfather, was called home to be with the Lord following an extended illness. He passed peacefully in the comfort of his home surrounded by those that he loved. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Alfred Brandt, Jr and Joan Marie (Chilcote) Guyer and on August 22, 1981 he married his loving wife, Peggy Ann West of 38 years.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy; his four children: Donald Smith (Mitchell) of Bellwood, Amy Woomer (Scott), B.J. Ross, Jeffrey Guyer II (Mary) all of Altoona and his beloved grandchildren: Lauren Woomer, Gavin Ross, Laney Ross, Ryan Patrick Guyer, and Stella Marie Guyer. Also surviving are Jeff’s four siblings: Alfred (Skip) Guyer III (Sheila) of Indiana, David Guyer of Altoona, Leeann Hoover (Randy) of Shippensburg and Christie Snider of Virginia and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister Sally Jo Guyer.
He was a 1976 graduate of Altoona Area High School, a 1983 graduate of the Indiana University Police Academy where he received the marksman award, and was a 1988 graduate of Mt. Aloysius College school of Nursing.
In 1984 he administered CPR to a gentleman in distress at a grocery store parking lot and kept the man alive until the emergency crew arrived. For his action, Jeff was awarded a citation by then President Ronald Reagan. He was also honored with a Distinguished Service award in December of 2019 by the Borough of Duncansville Police Department
Jeff was passionate about many things, none more so than his family, his music, and his work. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, spending time with his children and grandchildren, being outdoors, and riding his motorcycle, and watching the Pittsburgh Penguins. Many would likely describe him as a man of few words, but he always had an uncanny knack of chiming into the conversation with impeccable timing with his signature quick wit. Second only to his family was Jeff’s love of music. Throughout many decades, he played in numerous groups including Take 5, Freebird, Pass Time, and The Fabulous Flashbacks with countless other musicians Playing his guitar and singing, whether in front of a large crowd, or alone on a balcony in one of his favorite places, Ocean City, brought him immense joy throughout his life. Jeff also touched many in this community through one of many roles that he played professionally. Jeff worked as a Paramedic for AMED, an RN at Bon Secours Hospital, Nursing Manager at JC Blair Memorial Hospital, Critical Care Director at Bon Secours Hospital, Director of Nursing at The Altoona Hospital Emergency Department. He was the Chief Deputy Coroner for Blair County, and served as a police officer for multiple boroughs and townships retiring from Duncansville Borough in 2019. He dedicated his life to being a role model, whether professionally or personally, and was a respected colleague, a true friend, and the heart of his family.
He taught A.C.L.S courses and sat on the board of the Southern Alleghenies EMS Council; was a member of the Pa. Coroners Association and the Red Cross. Jeff was a member of the Bavarian Aid Society and the Unter Uns Musical and Entertainment Society where he particularly enjoyed jam night. A devout man of faith, Jeff was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Hollidaysburg.
Due to current restrictions there will be no public services planned, but a celebration of life will be held at a future date, mention of which will be made in the Altoona Mirror.
The family suggest memorial donations please be made to the Brain Morden Foundation for children with cancer or the Mario Lemieux Foundation for cancer research at Two Chatham Center, Suite #1661, 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh PA 15219
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