Norbert Francis Guenther

CROFTON — Norbert Francis Guenther, 84, Crofton, died July 31, 2019, at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D.

Visitation and a Vigil service were Sunday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Crofton.

Mass of Christian Burial was Aug. 5 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, with Rev. James Keiter officiating.

Burial was at the St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Crofton, with military rites by the Crofton American Legion Post #128 and the American Legion Riders.

Pallbearers were Capp Bengston, Ted Bengston, Blake Guenther, Dale Guenther, Brett Boecker, Mike Nelson and Brian Paulsen.

Honorary pallbearers were Kelsey Woolverton, Allie Guenther, Geoff Denton, Jourdan Beal, Brett Beal, Lauren Melena, Danny Melena, Kaylee St. Sauver, Justus St. Sauver, Jocelyn Guenther, Austin Vanderweide, Hannah Guenther, Sami Guenther, and the Crofton American Legion Post 128.

The Wintz Funeral Home, Crofton, assisted with arrangements.

Norbert Francis Guenther was born Feb. 4, 1935, in Crofton, to Casper and Anna (Hendricks) Guenther. He attended St. Rose Catholic School, Crofton. He served in the United States Army from 1954-1956. After being honorably discharged from the military, he returned to Crofton and farmed. He married Karen Paulsen Aug. 7, 1962, in Crofton. They enjoyed 56 years together, raising a family and relishing the times they could be with family and friends. Norbert was a farmer from the time he was a boy and continued through his entire life. In addition to farming, he was the Knox County Weed Superintendent from 1985-2013. He also enjoyed his work with Stockmen’s Livestock Auction for several years.

Norbert’s favorite pastimes included playing (his version of) poker and rummy with family and good friends. He also enjoyed hunting, golfing, family camping trips and driving around the countryside. Norbert was loved by many for his quick wit and great storytelling. He was very proud of being a veteran, was a member of the Crofton American Legion Post 128 and served on the American Legion color guard for many years. Norbert was an active member of St. Rose of Lima parish and served on the parish council.

Norbert will be missed by his wife, Karen, Crofton; five children, Jane (Lou) Johnson, Nashville, Tenn.; Steve (Jeani) Guenther, Papillion; Lori (Rob) Bengston, Wausa;, Kelly (Carol) Guenther, Watertown, S.D.; and Randy (Amy) Guenther, Lincoln; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sister, Carol (Ken) Prebay, Bridgeport, Mich.; sisters-in-law, Hedwig Guenther, Reesville, Wis.; Marlene Boecker, Crofton; brothersin-law, Darol (Phylis) Paulsen, Santa Ana, Calif.; Ralph (Sara) Paulsen, Yankton, S.D.; Jerry (Jill) Paulsen, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Casper, and his mother, Anna; father and mother-in-law, Herman and Lucille Paulsen; six brothers, Elmer (Margie), Art (Martina), Earl (Leora), Lawrence, Norman (Donna), and infant brother, Richard Guenther; four sisters, Mildred (Herman) Schmid, Eileen (Danny) Crespo, Betty Lou (Dean) Helms, JoAnn (Dean) Nelson; brothers-in-law, Jim Paulsen and Bill Boecker; and grandsonin-law, Michael Woolverton.

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