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Wayne Gunther, 82 - September 15, 2016

Wayne LeRoy Gunther, 82, of Gothenburg passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 at Golden Living Center in Cozad.
Graveside services took place at Fort McPherson National Cemetery on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Joel Plisek officiating, where both Gunther and his wife, Sharon, were laid to rest together. The family requested casual attire.
Gunther was born Oct. 12, 1933, at Benkelman to Carl and Delna (Bradley) Gunther.
He graduated from Benkelman High School and then enlisted with the United States Navy. He served his country on the USS Brush in the Pacific and China Sea from 1954 to 1961 and was honorarily discharged.
Gunther was employed at different jobs in Benkelman and Wray, CO, traveling home on the weekends to visit his parents and his horse, Jewels, that they kept on the farm for him.
He later accepted a job with the City of Gothenburg where he remained until his retirement.
On Dec. 17, 1982, he married Sharon Eurich.
Gunther was a lifetime member of and a past commander of Gothenburg’s American Legion. He, along with his wife, was actively involved with the flag memorial at Lake Helen in Gothenburg.
?He and his wife both shared a love for bowling and spent many years bowling in local leagues, the State Husker games and national tournaments. The couple were also avid Husker fans, according to family members. He was the first to introduce the love of fishing to grandson, Zachary.
Gunther was preceded in death by: his parents, Carl and Delna; his wife, Sharon; a grandson, Zachary Tompkins; great-grandson, Barrett Love.
Survivors include: his older brother, Vernon of Princeton, TX, and his seven children; his wife’s children—Danny (Mary) Tompkins of Scottsbluff and Shelley Tetley of North Platte; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the Gothenburg American Legion to help maintain the flags at Lake Helen.