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William Richard Gaunt

December 5, 1929 October 17, 2018
William Richard Gaunt
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William Richard Gaunt, 88 of Midland died Wednesday morning, October 17, 2018 at his home. He was born December 5, 1929 in Detroit, the son of the late William and Vera (Elphick) Gaunt. He attended high school in Detroit and, after graduation, he went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan’s School of Business. Bill proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. During the war, Bill took his place among the many US servicemen who founded, funded and served as mentors to the orphanages and orphans of Korea. Bill was a kind, generous, thoughtful and loving person who continued his service to the community when he returned from the war. He served for over 50 years in various capacities at the Arnold Center; as a board member, on the financial committee, as their treasurer and was a member of their Emeritus Board into 2018. Bill also volunteered his time with “Lunch Box Learners”, a Midland County partnership between the school and business communities formed to foster learning and increased self-confidence through reading in first through third grade students.

Bill was employed by Dow Corning as an auditor until his retirement after forty years of service. He married Lois Entenmann-Gaunt in 1982 and she preceded him in death on April 14, 2015. Together they had many happy years and enjoyed traveling the world. In his younger years he enjoyed handball. Bill was always voracious reader, appreciating all subjects but especially science fiction. He was also an avid bird watcher who delighted in looking for all species, especially his favorite the elusive snowy owl.
Bill is survived by his children Debbie Gaunt of Gladwin, Lorrie (Verne) Wandell of Kalamazoo, and Amy Gaunt (Tim Hill) of Woodridge, IL; stepchildren Brad (Nanette) Entenmann of Midland and Blair (Nancy) Entenmann of Rockford; grandchildren Michelle (Derek) Entenmann-Krupp of St. Louis, Claire Entenmann of Midland and Alexandra Hill of Woodridge, IL; and one great-grandson Greyson Krupp. In addition to his parents and wife, Bill was preceded in death by a step-daughter Pamela Entenmann.

Funeral services for Bill will take place at 11:00 a.m. Saturday October 27, 2018 at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St. Pastor John Pohanka will officiate with burial to follow in Midland City Cemetery. Bill’s family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. The family has asked that those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider The Arnold Center - 400 Wexford Ave, Midland, MI 48640 or The Midland Community Foundation - 76 Ashman Circle, Midland, MI 48640


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Visitation

Friday

26

Oct

6:00 PM 10/26/2018 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 10/26/2018 8:00:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Visitation

Saturday

27

Oct

10:00 AM 10/27/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 10/27/2018 11:00:00 AM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

27

Oct

11:00 AM 10/27/2018 11:00:00 AM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Midland Cemetery Final Resting Place

3220 Orchard Drive
Midland, MI 48640

3220 Orchard Drive Midland 48640 MI
US

Memorial Contribution

The Arnold Center

Midland Area Community Foundation

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