Gainesville, FL. - Dr. Richard (Dick) E. Guenther DC, age 88 passed into his heavenly home peacefully on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 while at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center and surrounded by his family.

He was born October 25, 1924 to Ed C. and Edith G. Guenther in Eldorado, Ohio.

Mr. Guenther attended grade school in a one-room school house there in Eldorado for the first 6 grades, taught by two teachers who happened to be sisters. He then attended and graduated from Monroe Jr. High School, just up the road. The Guenthers moved to Upper Sandusky, Ohio in Dick's freshman year of High school and he attended and graduated there. He lettered in Baseball, Track, Basketball and Band, playing the trumpet. He also participated in the Glee Club and held roles in the school plays. During these formable years the Guenthers were very active in their local United Brethren Church. His mom and dad had key roles in the worship services as his dad led the singing and his mom played the piano. He attributes his own Christian development to his parents' guidance in his spiritual growth. He graduated in 1942. That summer he attended a "Try-Out" camp for the Cincinnati Reds. This began a series of try-outs with a number of professional baseball teams and ignited a passion for baseball in him that would never die.

Dick Guenther enrolled in Bowling State University in the fall of 1942 with a major in Physical Education. Within that same semester Mr. Guenther enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was sent to Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois. His career in the Navy eventually placed him in the X-ray Department at the US Naval Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. There he learned X-ray and was soon teaching X-ray to other hospital corpsman. It was during this time that Dick met his soon to be wife Gerry Newberry. They dated several months and were married on September 17, 1944. Mr. Guenther received an Honorable Discharge from the Navy in September of 1945. He then attended and graduated from Lincoln Chiropractic College in Indianapolis, Indiana in January, 1949.

Because of a previous contact with Dr. Cecil R. Hook in Gainesville, FL., the Guenther family moved there, so Dr. Guenther could then take over Dr. Hook's practice when he retired. Dr. Guenther then began a very rewarding practice in Gainesville where he treated all of his patients as friends and helped many maintain their health for years. He practiced for 53 years, retiring in January of 2003.

During his time as a physician, Dr. Guenther also was very active with his family of wife and three children, his church family at the First United Methodist Church and of course, his love of local sports, especially baseball where he attended almost every home game of the Florida Gators for many years. He counted time spent in these areas as precious and necessary to a healthy balanced life.

Dr. Guenther took a very pro-active role in promoting the Chiropractic profession. He was a member of the Florida Chiropractic Association from 1951-2003. In that span he served as Records Officer and member of the Board of Directors for 10 consecutive years. He served as Editor of the FCA Journal. He served as President of the FCA, 1970-71.

With his two boys involved in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, Dick Guenther served faithfully, volunteering his services as the District Commissioner, Boy Scouts of America, North Florida Conference. His wife, Gerry was equally as involved with their daughter's activities, as well as the boys'. Dick also served in the Gainesville Lions' Club for many years.

In his service to his church, Dick Guenther served in many lay positions including; Sunday School Superintendent, President of the couples' Sunday School class, Administrative Board member, Chairman, Board of Missions, Member of Commission of Education, Member of Social Concerns.

Dick Guenther loved traveling with his family and visiting sites all over the United States and overseas. One of his great loves was photography which resulted in thousands of pictures for all to enjoy, as well as his nickname 'Clicky Dick'. He was loved by many and treated everyone with the respect God demanded of his Christian life. He will be greatly missed, but fondly remembered.

Dr. Guenther was preceded in death by his oldest son, Rick Guenther in August of 2000. He is survived by his lovely wife of 68 years, Gerry (Newberry) Guenther of Gainesville, a daughter, Linda Guenther Pozdol and her husband Robert, of Gainesville, a son, Dennis Guenther and his wife Jackie, of Fort Meade, Fl., a brother-in-law Larry Barnett (Ellie), and 8 grandchildren- Rob Rogers (Vikki), Dave Rogers, Jeff Rogers, Kristie McElhaney, Mandy Walden, Adam Guenther, Dede Callahan (Jeff), Dana Kamp (Jeff). He and Gerry had 19 great grandchildren.

A Service of Remembrance will be held Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church Sanctuary located at 419 NE 1st Street. Gainesville FL. 32601

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made to the Haven Hospice E. T. York Care Center, 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL. 32606,, First United Methodist Building Fund, or just perform a random act of kindness to show others the goodness and grace of God.

The services are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL. 32601 (352) 376-5361 .

Funeral Home

Milam Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. of Gainesville
311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601-1803
(800) 433-5361

Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5, 2013