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December 10, 1939 - September 12, 2015

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Richard J. ; dick; Guenther, Sr., 75, of West Point, died Saturday, September 12, 2015, at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Funeral Mass 10:30 am Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Reverend Steve Emanuel as celebrant. Burial at St. Michael’s Cemetery. Lunch will follow at the Nielsen Center. Wake service with Knights of Columbus Rosary 7:00 pm Monday at St. Mary’s Church with family present starting at 5:00 pm. Memorials may be made to Guardian Angels Central Catholic Endowment or to West Point Rescue. Visitation 9:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday at Stokely Funeral Home, then continuing at the church. Richard was born December 10, 1939 on the family farm in Cuming County near Bancroft to Herman J. and Rose (Gentrup) Guenther. He attended District 21 country school, was a 1957 graduate of Guardian Angels Catholic School in West Point, and served two years in the United States Army Reserve. On November 25, 1961, Richard married Mary Kay Pieper at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Dodge. The couple farmed north of Beemer. In 1974, Dick started driving truck for Hilltop Feed Service, retiring as manager in 1993. He then worked for Seed Enterprise and enjoyed doing day work for local farmers until his health would no longer allow. Richard was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus and former member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Beemer where he was active with the CCD program and served on the parish council. Dick was an avid fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Guardian Angels Central Catholic, and West Point Bombers sports teams, and enjoyed watching his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews participate in all their activities. Survivors include his wife, Mary Kay, of West Point , daughter, Paula (Bruce) Murrish of Lawrence, KS, sons; Rick (Cheryl) and Jeff (Nancy) of West Point, Jerry (Lisa) of Norfolk, and Tom (Jackie) of Cozad, grandchildren; Patricia and Jonathan Guenther, Stephanie (Matt) Tulsie, Laura, Molly and Joseph Guenther, Brady, Katie and Abby Murrish, Andie and Peri Guenther, and Sierra Rooney, brother, Herman (Pat) Guenther of Phoenix, AZ, sisters; Genevieve Hass of West Point, Rosalee Guenther of Beemer, and Helen Kucera of Kearney, sister in law, Betty Guenther of Beemer, and an aunt, Adelaide Hoyer of CA. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Kenneth, sisters and brothers in law; Dolores (Martin) Ulrich and Mary Ann (Elton) Kind, and brother in law Arvid Hass.