Curtis Gunther 1953-2021

Curtis Gunther 1953-2021

The Rev. Curtis Clair Gunther, 68, Washburn, Iowa, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021.

He was born on Oct. 22, 1953, in Holton, the son of Clair and Marie Hedges Gunther. He attended Denison High School and graduated from Holton High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Grace Bible Institute, Omaha, Neb.

While there, he met the love of his life, Rogene Ruth Rahn. They were married on Nov. 20, 1976, at the Gospel Mennonite Church in Mountain Lake, Minn. They were blessed with three children: Michael, Jonathan and Joanna.

Following their marriage, the young couple moved to Dallas, Texas, where he graduated with a master’s of divinity degree in theology. In the years that followed, Curtis and his wife pastored churches at Cedar Vale, Kan.; Hector, Minn.; Aledo, Ill.; and Elgin, Iowa.

In 2002, Curtis and Rogene moved to Washburn, Iowa, where he began work with Omega Cabinet in Waterloo. He continued his ministry at Heartland Community Church, La Porte City, until his passing. He will be remembered as a man of God who shared his love of Christ with his community.

Curtis had a great sense of humor and love of mentoring others. He also had a love of gardening. Just as he would tend to his garden, he would often tend to others by sending texts of support and uplifting messages to those in need. 

Left to remember a life well-lived are his son, Michael and grandson Mason, his son, Jonathan and grandson Tanner, his daughter, Joanna (Emanuel) Martinez and grandchildren James and Sierra; his mother, Marie Gunther; his brother, Bruce (Reggie) Gunther; his sister, Dixie (Randy) Battey; his sisters-in-law, Violette (Paul) Bridgman and Vernelle (Glen) Jones; his brother-in-law, David Rahn; and his church family at Heartland Community Church in La Porte City.

He was preceded in death by his father and his wife, Rogene, on June 13, 2019.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at Heartland Community Church with burial in Westview Cemetery, both in La Porte City. Public visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, and continue for one hour before services at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the church or Gideons International.


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