Rev. Gary B. Gunther

Smithfield – Gary B. Gunther, 74, of Smithfield, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday September 12, 2017 at his residence. He was born on May 25, 1943 in Galesburg, IL to Gene and Lois (Hansen) Gunther. He married Deborah Travis in 1985 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Canton. She preceded him in death in 2012.

Also preceding him in death are his parents, and one sister, Linda Gunther.

 Surviving are two daughters, Kari (Karsten) Pukropski of Conroe, Texas, Nichole (Dennis) Dunphy of Smithfield, IL; two sons, Jon Gunther of Aurora, IL, and Tod Gunther; eight grandchildren, Hunter Lew (Emily) Warner, Samantha Gunther, Jon Gunther Jr., Christian Gunther, Tod Gunther Jr., Brittany Gunther, Dennis Logan Dunphy, Hayden Dunphy; and 2 great-grandchildren.

Gary was a retired construction worker, active minister in the Canton prison chapel system, a native American artifact collector, and also an avid hunter, sportsman, and a deep-sea fisherman.

Gary served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, an accommodated Navy EOD Frogman.

Services will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL, where a visitation will be held from 12 – 2 PM. Rev. Mike Arnett will officiate. Burial will follow the services at Fairview Cemetery in Fairview, IL with military honors. Memorials can be made to Wounded Warrior Project or National Wild Turkey Federation. To view Gary’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to

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12 Responses to Rev. Gary B. Gunther

  1. Genie Mooney says:

    He was an amazing man and the best role model for my a better person for knowing him

  2. Debbie Shumaker says:

    Gary was a wonderful man. He will be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Becky Ball says:

    Gary was a kind and gentle man. I will miss him. Go fly with Angels Gary.

  4. Amanda Grove says:

    Gary was an amazing example of what everyone should try to be. My life will always be better for having known him. I will always love you Gary! I know you’re finally at peace with Jesus and Mama Gunther by your side for eternity. I really hope there are plenty of marlin for you to catch up there.

  5. Connie says:

    Gary was a wonderful man. He was a man of God and did so much for so many. He lived the life he wanted. RIP Gary.

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  7. Larry Hovind September 14 2017 says:

    Gary was a man among men. R-I-P Gary

  8. Christine Lazenby says:

    I still can’t believe he’s gone. My heart aches. I am so sorry for your pain.
    May you find strength from everything he taught you and everything he was. Lots of love from Texas.
    –Conner and Christine
    Andrew & Luke

  9. wayne lox says:

    i was a friend of gary in high school and always regretted not getting together with him in later life. he was fun to be around and will be greatly missed

  10. wayne lox says:

    I was a friend of Gary’s in high school. Always regretted not looking him up in later life. He was fun to be around, and will be greatly missed.

  11. wayne lox says:

    I was a friend of garys in high school and regretted not looking him up in later life. He was fun to be around and will be missed

  12. Robert Oswalt says:

    I knew Gary for such a short time… I don’t doubt for a moment how awesome he was… He was funny, charming and disarming… He was someone who would have been my best friend had I know him at the right time in the right place. GOD Bless you Gary!

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