Edwin Frederick Gundlach was born March 4, 1919, one of three children, two sisters and himself, to George Augustus and Minnie Sophia Gundlach of rural Canton, Oklahoma. His early years were spent on the family farm 4 miles west and one half mile south of Canton. He attended school at what was then “Con Six”, a few miles southwest of his home. He completed all twelve grades there and graduated in May of 1935 at the “ripe ole age” of 16 and as an all-A student. The next several years were spent on the family farm helping make ends meet.
On July 5, 1940, at age 21, he married Mary Lavina Seifried . To this union were born three children: Fred, Sue and Jerry. They remained on the farm until 1951 at which time Edwin went to work for USG and the family moved to Southard. In 1958 they bought the Conoco Service Station in Canton and after a few weeks Ed gave up his job at Southard to run the station full time. After 23 years they sold the station and retired in May of 1983.
Edwin’s home-going came peacefully December 27, 2008 in the Thomas Care Home. Lavina was at his side. She had the opportunity to pray with him and assure him that she would be okay, and would see him soon. His faced relaxed; he became quiet, and within 10 minutes he had gone to Glory, praise God.
His parents and his two sisters, Edna Fisher and Julia Dixon, preceded him into Glory.
He is survived by his wife Lavina, his daughter, Sue Gerlach of Mulvane, Kansas; and his two sons, Fred of Garden City, Kansas, Jerry of Loyal, Oklahoma, and Vernon and Susan Sinclair of Watonga, OK. His life is also celebrated by his nine grandchildren, Janice Boeckman, LaDawn Christmann, Kathy Cooper, Wade Gerlach, Jason Gundlach, Jerry Gundlach, Kelly Meier, Shelley Pudden, and Shannon Sinclair; 25 great grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 29, 2008 at Canton Christian Church with Steve Driskill officiating. Interment will follow in Fountain Cemetery west of Canton under the direction of Haigler-Pierce Funeral Home of Canton. Condolences may be made online at Haigler-Pierce Funeral Home.
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