Charles L. “Pete” Gunder
Charles L. “Pete” Gunder, age 89, of 59 Harriette Drive, Shelby, died Monday, April 15, 2002 at Med Central Shelby Hospital after a short illness.
He was born January 4, 1913, in Marysville, Ohio the son of the late Harry O. and Bertha M. (Johnston) Gunder. He was a 1931 graduate of Chatham High School in Medina County, Ohio. He moved to Lucas to work on the Malabar Farm from 1931-1942. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII serving with the John Deere Battalion in Europe from 1942-1946. He then worked for Northern Ohio Breeders Association for 26 years retiring in the early 1970’s. After his retirement he went to work as a bus driver and custodian for the Ontario School System.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, the Ontario VFW Post #7651, AARP, a 50-year member of the Farm Bureau Council, a charter member of the Ontario Lions Club, served on the Richland County Fair Board, had been a 4-H advisor and was an avid golfer.
Mr. Gunder is survived by his wife, Betty J. (Duvall) Gunder, whom he wed, October 10, 1942; 2 sons: Richard L. “Rick” Gunder and Sharon Swartz of Mansfield and Gregory A. Gunder and Shelagh M. Speers, of Cold Spring, NY; 3 grandchildren and spouses: Brian R. and Tikara “Tiki” Gunder; Scott M. and Sharon Gunder; and Laura Katherine Gunder; 2 great-grandchildren: Samantha and Andrew Gunder; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Maxine and Gerald “Jess” Riedel of Crestline; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Owen Gunder and John L. Gunder; a sister, Marion Winter; a nephew, Vincent Winter; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William and Georgie Duvall.
Calling hours will be on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be conducted on Thursday at 10:30 AM with Rev. Dave Carter and Rev. Carl Beighley officiating. Burial will be in Mansfield Memorial Park with
military honors by the Richland County Joint Veterans Funeral Squad. Memorial expressions may be made to Malabar Foundation, c/o Malabar Farms State Park, 4050 Bromfield Road, Lucas, Ohio 44843.