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A special fellow walked this earth for almost 79 years until May 28th, 2018 when our Good Lord gave Richard Ralph Guenther passage to his permanent home.
He had so many blessing given to him and the biggest blessings are his children: Bryan and Rhonda and his grandchildren: Sam and Ashley.
He served our country in the Navy and was always proud of that. He died on Memorial Day, his favorite holiday. He cared about people and could usually make someone smile even on that "grumpy" kind of a day. He had quite a sense of humor. He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior when he was in his 40's and he always treasured that special day and the special man who led him to the Lord, Joe Mosley. "Guenther" truly loves our Lord. He was a very hard working man and mastered the carpentry skills doing amazingly BEAUTIFUL work. He often said he would die with a hammer in his hand. But he didn't. The cancer paid its toll on his body and he dwindled away as the body failed, sadly, and like so many other people who die with that dreadful disease. He could really, really dance and was called "rubber legs" sometimes. Why, people would just clear the dance floor and watch him dance! Wish we could see him dance to "Old Time Rock and Roll," just one more time! He is dancing with the Lord now! Go Guenther!!!!
He was a member of West Burnsville Baptist Church and was very proud of that wonderful Church where the preaching is exceptional and the Lord is doing powerful, powerful work. Come and see for yourself!
There is much more to tell about this unique and special guy but words don't always work.
There are many who will miss this man but those lives were probably made better because of him. I know mine was. Thank you Richard Guenther, you will be missed.
In loving tribute and celebration for your life from your "first" family, your "second" family, your Church families, your family of many friends and your wife who loves you so.
Thank you, everyone, for your continued prayers and your loving concern.
Instead of flowers, please consider either West Burnsville Baptist Church or Yancey Hospice and Palliative Care for donations. They both are working for the Lord in peoples' lives in different ways.
A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, May 31st at 6 p.m. at West Burnsville Baptist Church. Bring a story or two as we remember Guenther. We can be happy he is in the presence of Jesus now.