|10/24/2018 8:18:00 AM|
Gary Kuehntopp, former Stewartville resident, dies in Florida
Gary Kuehntopp, 80, of Spring Hill, Fla., formerly of Stewartville, passed away Sept. 27, 2018, surrounded by his family.
Gary was born on Dec. 18, 1937, to Harold and Maxine (Egen) Kuehntopp of Stewartville. He grew up in Stewartville and joined the Marine Corps 5th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corp following high school.
On Aug. 9, 1958, Gary married the love of his life, Marian Root of Spring Valley, at St. John's Catholic Church in Rochester. They made their life in Stewartville where Marian raised four daughters while Gary worked in finance at IBM. In 1982, IBM relocated Gary and Marian to Boca Raton, Fla., where they eventually convinced two of their daughters to raise their kids near them. After Gary retired from IBM, he worked at Nokia in Melbourne, Fla. Finally Gary and Marian followed friends to Spring Hill, Fla.
Gary is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marian; four daughters, Dawn (Timothy) Woodcock of Salado, Tex., Susan (Todd) Johnson of LeRoy, Nancy (Jeff) Morris of Glencoe, and Peggy (Kevin) Chidester of Mantorville; 14 grandkids; 11 great-grandkids; his sister, Janice Bushman; brother, Greg (Linda) Kuehntopp; sister-in-law, Barb Regier and brother-in-law, Mike (Raylene) Root.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Marlene Kinny, Marian's parents, sister-in-law, Karen Sample, brother-in-laws, Howard Bushman, Bud Owen and Dick Regier, and grandson, Steven Gary Morris. Three days after Gary's death, he was joined in Heaven by another sister-in-law, Jan Owen.
Before passing, Gary was honored to have hospice volunteers give him a military pinning ceremony. On Oct. 6, there was a memorial gathering for Gary at the Wellington Clubhouse in Spring Hill, Fla. On Oct. 8, there was a funeral mass at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Parish, also in Spring Hill.
Gary felt his life was perfectly celebrated at the recent 60th wedding anniversary party thrown for he and Marian on Aug. 11, 2018, in Rochester. Therefore, there will be no funeral service in Minnesota.
Family memorials are planned for next summer. Gary enjoyed the party where he was able to serenade his bride, hug and kiss all those who attended, and spend time with his family. His smile never left his face. This is the memory he wanted us all to retain.
Gary was a Vikings fan, especially when they were winning. He liked to golf, tell stories, babysit friends' dogs, and spend time with his grandkids. Everyone was Gary's friend. All of us have our favorite Gary story. It may contain yellow eyes, a bird, or some other odd item, but it was Gary, the man, the myth, the legend.
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