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Fred A. Guenther

Fred A. Guenther, Jr., died on Sept. 6, 2002, after a lengthy illness. He was 74.

Guenther was born Sept. 14, 1927, to Fred A. Guenther, Sr. and Sarah Alice Millson-Guenther in Yates Center, Kan., where he graduated from high school in 1945.

After graduating, Guenther enlisted in the United States Army where he served as an amphibious truck driver. He received the Victory Medal and earned his honorable discharge on Nov. 12, 1946.

After he left the Armed Forces, Guenther completed Railroad Communications Training School, graduating in February of 1948. He was hired by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, which brought him to Colorado where he worked in several locations throughout Colorado and where he met and married Jessie “Bonnie” Bertschy on Dec. 20, 1949.

Guenther was eventually promoted to station agent for the Buena Vista station in 1960 where he served for four years. In 1964, he transferred to Canon City as station agent where he served for four years and in 1968, he transferred to Craig, where he served as station agent on the Moffat Line for 18 years. When the Craig Station was closed in 1985, Guenther transferred to the Phippsburg, Colo., station where he served for two years until he retired on Sept. 5, 1987, having worked with the D&RGW railroad for 39 years.

Guenther is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jessie “Bonnie”; sons, Tom (Katrina) Guenther and Tim Guenther; brothers, Ronnie (Florice), Larry (Georgia), Neil (Mary), Tom (Betty), and Dave; grandchildren, Cathy, Tommy, Nathaniel, and Gabrie; step-grandchildren, Brandon Ryan, Breana Ryan, and Brittani Ryan; numerous nieces and nephews, and many other cherished family members.

At Guenther’s request, there were no services. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.


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