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Henry Gunther

Posted 2018-05-14 by mhenderson
Today's News-Herald, Lake Havasu City, AZ -
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2018 -

Henry Gunther passed away late in the evening on May 1, 2018, at his
home in Lake Havasu City. Henry was preceded in death by his parents
(Christian and Edith), son Kerry and grandson Keith. He is survived by
his brother Rolf (Anna) Gunther, Grandson Christian Gunther, his ex-
wife Alice Gunther, his longtime girlfriend Sharon, his Air
America buddies, Sheriff's Department family and many friends and
extended family around the world.

There are no services, per his request, there will be a Celebration of
his life at his favorite hangout, College Street Brewhouse and Pub in
Lake Havasu City, AZ on Friday, May 18 from 3-6 PM. In lieu of cards
or flowers those wishing to are encouraged to make a donation in
Henry's honor to the Disabled American Veterans.

Henry was born July 29, 1935 in Pre-WWII Germany, he and his family
survived the devastating bombings of Hamburg during the war and
eventually immigrated to the US, settling in Big Bear Lake CA.
Henry served in the U.S. Army, but spent the majority of his career as
a contract employee of the CIA and Federal Government. He served in
Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Henry, with the aid
of Air America and local Hmong troops, conducted interdiction raids on
the Ho Chi Minh trail, as well as other clandestine operations. He
went on to serve assignments in Africa and the Middle East
during hostilities in those regions. He was sent to Afghanistan, to
train the Mujahadeen during the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. He
worked at the Yuma Proving Grounds, developing surveillance technology
and also worked on several Space Missions, for NASA, at Cape
Canaveral.

At the age of 70 he was contacted by the CIA for a clandestine
operation in Afghanistan during Desert Storm. He was extremely upset
that physically he was unable toassist. When Henry reached US
Government mandatory retirement age he went to work as a Civilian
Boating Officer for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department
for 12 seasons on the Colorado River and Lake Havasu.

Henry was well cared for in his final days by his friends and long
time girlfriend Sharon Young, while his friends and family stopped by
to share old stories. The bombs of WWII couldn't kill Henry, the Viet
Cong and NVA couldn't kill him, the jungles of SE Asia and Africa
couldn't kill him and the Russians in Afghanistan couldn't kill him,
but nobody can escape the ravages of time. He said he lived a good
life, did things he couldn't believe he survived, saw more places and
made more friends than most people and that he was ready to see what
awaits him on the other side.

God Speed my friend, you will be missed. The world is a lesser place
without you.




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