Raymond E. Gunn, 86, passed away at his home Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.
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He was born July 8, 1926, in Neoga, Ill., son of the late Wyatt and Barbara (Neyenhaus) Gunn. Also preceding him in death was a grandson, Joshua and a brother, Floyd Gunn.
A 1944 graduate of Cannelton High School, he was a U.S. Navy veteran who served in World War II. Ray was united in marriage Aug. 16, 1951, to Ruth M. Collignon.
Along with his brothers, he owned and operated Gunn's Conoco and Standard stations then later owned Downtown Shell with his wife, Ruth. He also was a truck driver for Cantex Industries and worked for CanClay as a machinist until his retirement in 1987.
Ray enjoyed spending time with family and friends, helping others, spending time in his workshop, riding motorcycles and playing cards. He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ and helped with many projects there. Ray was also a member of Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America barbershop chorus and quartets.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ruth; his daughters, Debbie Stemler (Kerry) of Sellersburg and Becky Biever (Steve) of Evansville; a son, Bill Gunn (Kim) of Tell City; a brother, Clifford Gunn of Tell City; seven grandchildren, Mandy Archibald (Jacob), Abbey Stemler, Nick Biever (Rene), Dustin Biever (Kelsey), Brooke McWhirter (Kasey), Kara Gunn and Trent Gunn; eight great-grandchildren, Bailey and Kaitlyn McWhirter, Wyatt and Bryce Biever, Emery and Barrett Archibald and Raelynn and Kaley Biever, and his extended family, Pat and Karen Richard, Shane and Jean Muir, and Wayne and Lynne Shick.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at St. John's United Church of Christ in Cannelton, with the Rev. Mike Thompson officiating. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2939 and Harry G. Meyers American Legion Post 142 will conduct military rites.
Visitation will be from 2 until 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, (today) at Huber Funeral Home, Cannelton and from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's United Church of Christ.
Messages of condolence may be left online at www.huberfuneralhome.net.
Published in Perry County News on September 13, 2012