George Gunn, Jr.

George Gunn, Jr. age 81, of Wasta, died Tuesday morning, June 22, 2004, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 25, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Jim Cissell officiating.

Music was provided by Dorothy Shearer, pianist, Dean, Gene, Gale and Dale Patterson, vocalists. Ushers were Larry and Jerry Gravatt, Casey and Todd Trask, Bill Tines, Larry Schell, Orrin Sundquist, and Greg Shearer. Pallbearers were George’s grandsons, Todd and Casey Williamson, Corey, Brady, Ryan, Tyson and Caleb Gunn, Cody Johnson, and Jade Nelson.

Interment with military honors was Friday, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

George Gunn, Jr. was born October 11, 1922, in Sturgis, SD, the son of George J. and Vesta Cora (Curtis) Gunn.

George grew up on a ranch south of Wall, and attended school at Lincoln Grade School. He then attended Wall High School, graduating in 1940. After graduation, he moved to Washington, where he worked in a shipyard.

In 1941, George entered the United States Army, serving in the European Theatre during World War II, and took part in the Battle of the Bulge and Normandy Beach. George was honorably discharged in October 1945. After his discharge, he moved back to Wall. George was united in marriage to Laura Jean Welsh on June 1, 1947, in Wall. They made their home on their ranch south of Wall until moving to Wall, where George delivered gas for Standard Oil. In 1952, they moved to Wasta, where George served as Postmaster, a position he held for 36 years. They moved to a ranch near Wasta in 1964, where he began ranching and continuing his postmaster duties. They continue to reside on the ranch.

George was a member of the Wasta Methodist Church, the Wasta Volunteer Fire Department, the Shrine of Democracy Barbershop Chorus, the Quinn VFW, and the Carroll McDonald American Legion Post #246 of Wall. During his life, George was a Scout Master of the Wasta Boy Scout Troop, coached grade school basketball in Wasta, and served as clerk for the town of Wasta.

George was an avid supporter of rodeo, and raised a lot of great horses.

Grateful for having shared his life include his wife, Laura Jean Gunn of Wasta; three sons, Rodney Gunn and his wife, Gloria, of Rapid City, Terry Gunn and his wife, Karen, of Wall, and Scott Gunn and his wife, Linda, of Owanka; three daughters, Barbara Williamson and her husband, Glen, of Owanka, Jacqueline Johnson and her husband, Paul, of Pratt, KS, and Denise Nelson and her husband, Tim, of Midland; 20 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

George was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Esther Felt and Idella Ford; and one brother, Lester Gunn.

The family requests memorials be directed to the Wasta Methodist Church and the Wasta Fire Department.