Ted Guenthner lost his bravely fought three-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008.
Theodore Burt Guenthner was born May 1, 1964, in Billings, to Phyllis and Theodore August Guenthner of Silesia. He was raised in Silesia and graduated from Joliet High School in 1982. After graduating, he left for the army and was stationed at Fort Jackson in South Carolina, then he was sent to Germany. While stationed at Kaiserslautem, Germany, he did some traveling to Copenhagen, Denmark, and Salzburg, Austria. Shortly after returning to Montana in February 1985, he went to work for Tandy Construction. In August of 1985, while cruising the point in Billings, he would meet the love of his life, Tracy Jones. They would marry June of 1987.
Ted was a hard worker. He served in the Army and Army Reserve. He worked construction and then drove an 18-wheeler for Midnite Mail, a private contractor for the United States Postal Service. During the 16 years that he worked as a truck driver, Ted decided he wanted to be a diesel mechanic and went to MSUB College of Technology for two years, graduating in 1996 with honors, GPA 3.9.
Who was this man? - he was a man of many qualities and interests (truck driver, motorcyclist, lumberjack, gardener, repairman, roofer, mountain man, fisherman, hunter), but most of all he was a good, kind-hearted person and friend who was always ready to lend a helping hand.
Ted is survived by his wife, Tracy; dad Theodore A. Guenthner, mom Phyllis (Roger) Bromgard, both of Laurel; two brothers, Joe (Elida) Guenthner of Laurel, Neal (Lori) Guenthner of Fromberg; brother-in-law Robert (Heather) Ordway of Glasgow; eight nieces, four nephews and one goddaughter.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Stewart Guenthner; grandmothers Elizabeth Guenthner and Irene Schuman; grandfathers Reinhold Guenthner and Samuel Schuman; great-grandparents, Lawrence and Eliza LaVerhure Edwards; and one niece Billie Jo Guenthner.
Ted will be missed by all who have been blessed to have him in their lives.
Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Laurel, with inurnment in the Rockvale Cemetery. Smith Funeral Chapel-Laurel is in charge of local arrangements.