James “Jimmie” H. Gaunder, 85, of Denison, and a longtime resident of Perryton, passed away Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Colbert, OK.
Jimmie was born March 10, 1935, in Taos, NM, to Paul and Marina (Martinez) Gaunder. He married Rose Penn on July 16, 1956, in Clayton, NM.
Jimmie worked in the electrical field his entire life and retired as a District Line Foreman, from Texas New Mexico Power Company after 18 years.
He raced motorcycles, cars, and flew airplanes. He played the guitar, drums, piano, organ and sang. Jimmie could play almost any musical instrument by ear, and played in many bands. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a Golden Trowel Recipient. He also was a Ham Radio Operator, certified scuba diver and a bull rider.
Jimmie is survived by his wife, Rose, of Colbert, OK; daughter, Kathy Elkouri of Enid, OK; Son, Tim Gaunder and wife Bobbie of Yantis; Son, Michael Gaunder and wife Melissa of Newalla, OK; Son, Marty Gaunder and wife Melissa of Cushing, OK; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren; Sister, JoAnna Gaunder Stevens; several nieces and nephews; and many loving friends. He was preceded in
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother David Gaunder; two sisters, Ann Robinson and Patti Bulls; one son, Louie Gaunder; and granddaughter, Hope. Funeral services were
Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 27,at Brown’s Funeral Servic in Durant, OK with Pastor Garry Jordan officiating. Interment followed at Rose Hill Cemetery in Calera, OK.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.