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Glenn "Dave" David Gunter

December 14, 1947December 3, 2018
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Glenn David Gunter passed away on December 3, 2018, in Salem, Oregon, after a long and brave fight with scleroderma. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, father-in-law, uncle, and friend and will be remembered for his generosity, work ethic, endurance, direct conversations, and insistence to get on to whatever was next.

Glenn, or Dave, as he was known to many, was born on December 14, 1947, in Paradise, California, to Maxine Mercer and Walter Gunter. He graduated from Nestucca Union High School in Tillamook County, where he still holds track and field records. Glenn served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Korea. He received a criminal justice degree from Chemeketa Community College and attended Western Oregon University.

Glenn’s career was defined by his service to the State of Oregon, beginning as a member of the first security detail for the state capitol in 1970, followed by 26 years with the Oregon State Police. He was a beach cadet in Lincoln City; a recruit and trooper in Newport; a trooper and senior trooper in Salem; and finally a sergeant and lieutenant/station commander in Roseburg. After retiring from OSP, Glenn worked 15 years as security manager for Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville.

Glenn was an athlete, and his passion for sports included track and field, long-distance running—including three marathons, with a personal best of 3:18—football, basketball, and biking. He was an early riser, and his favorite time of the day was morning, when he got to lace up his shoes and take his dogs for a walk.

Above all else, Glenn loved his family. He married his high school sweetheart, Carole Ann Bullock, on June 19, 1969, and their marriage lasted nearly 50 years. Together they raised their daughter, Tara, and son, Keith, both of whom gave Glenn bragging rights, making him very proud. His grandchildren, Signe, Margot, and Kyle, brought immeasurable joy and light to Glenn’s life, especially during his last years.

Glenn is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren, along with his brother, Kelly Gunter; sister, Diane Adams; son-in-law, Jason Miner; daughter-in-law, Darcy Gunter; and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed but has blessed many with wonderful memories to hold in his absence.

A celebration of Glenn’s life will be held at Howell, Edwards, Doerksen in Salem, Oregon, on December 8 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, Oregon Chapter.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, December 8, 2018
REMEMBERING

Glenn "Dave" David Gunter

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Beth Ellis

December 10, 2018

I met Dave through my best friend Darcy when she got together with Keith. Dave and I worked together at Seven Feathers for many years after that. Dave became like a father to me and he will be dearly missed. He had such a loving laugh, kind soul. He was always looking out for my friend and took her in like a daughter. Rest In Peace dad. Love you Carole.

Kaylee Johnson

December 8, 2018

I will always remember learning to play Yahtzee with uncle Dave and him telling me 4’s are the hardest to roll. Small memory but it is my favorite.

Darcy Gunter

December 8, 2018

"Pa" at Ky's 5th Birthday Party in September.

Dylan Juliette Lemley

December 8, 2018

From Dylan.
'This poem reminded me of Uncle Dave'

Now has come, an easy time. I let is roll. There is a lake so blue and far, nobody owns it.
A wind blows by and a willow listens gracefully.

I hear all this, every summer. I laugh and cry for every turn of the world, its terribly cold, innocent spin.

That lake stays blue and free; it goes on and on.....

And I know where it is.

-William Stafford

Darcy Gunter

December 8, 2018

"Pa" & Ky

Darcy Gunter

December 8, 2018

Father & Son "Pa" & Keith at Ky's 5th Birthday Party in September.

Julia Galligher

December 8, 2018

My sweet niece Dylan with uncle Dave.

Sarah Lemley

December 8, 2018

Sarah Lemley

December 8, 2018

Sarah Lemley

December 8, 2018