Larry Guenter

Obituary of Larry Guenter

September 22, 1956 – January 30, 2021 It is with fond memories and heavy hearts, that we announce the passing of Larry Dwayne Guenter at the age of 64. Larry was a much loved son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. His optimistic spirit will be carried on by those who were nearest to him: spouse Connie Guenter, children Kelsey (Mitchell) Fehr and Cole (Jillian) Guenter, grandchildren Anders Fehr and Gracelyn and Ava Guenter. He will also be dearly missed by his mother Elizabeth Guenter and sisters Sharlene Raffard, Joanne (Rodney) Sawatzky and Bonnie Guenter (Denis Joyal), along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. As a child, Larry gained a reputation for his large appetite and gourmet school lunches packed by his mother. He was accordingly nicknamed ‘Lunchbucket’. Through his teen years Larry became a gifted athlete, playing every available school and community sport. He especially enjoyed the competitive nature and team camaraderie that accompanied his hometown Hague senior men’s hockey and fastball teams. His desire to defeat rival towns and build meaningful locker room relationships continued long past his playing days, as he volunteered his time and skills as a hockey and fastball coach as well as a community leader in the area of sports and recreation. One memorable sports moment came during the lead-up to the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, AB, when Larry proudly carried the Olympic torch for a one-kilometre stretch en route to the famous flame’s final destination in Calgary’s McMahon Stadium. Larry married Connie (Unruh) Guenter on July 10, 1987. Given Larry’s passion for sports, it is no surprise that Larry and Connie met while curling in the Hague arena. In 1991, Larry and Connie were blessed with twins – Kelsey and Cole. Larry only ever had one occupation: farming. As the oldest child in his family, he eagerly helped on the farm from a young age and was actively involved in more than 50 harvest seasons. In fact, when asked about his work he often referred to farming as more of a joy than a job. In the summer of 2020, Larry was diagnosed with cancer. Due to Larry’s strong determination and God’s design, he persevered through his final crop year and was able to say goodbye to friends and family the way he wanted to. On January 30, 2021, Larry peacefully left this world to be with God. He passed away in the only location that ever felt like a true resting place for Larry, his family farm, surrounded by his wife and children. Larry’s celebration of life will be announced at a later date. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all those who have reached out in support since Larry’s passing. A special thanks is also extended to Pastor Richard Engel for his spiritual guidance and prayer, as well as the physicians at Rosthern Clinic, the home care nurse, the doctors and staff of the Saskatoon Cancer Centre, and the RUH Oncology unit, where Larry became affectionately known as ‘Larry the Legend’. The Legend lives on in our hearts. Arrangements entrusted to Funk’s Funeral Home, Rosthern, SK
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