William "Bill" Giinther

Photo courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project
Photo courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project

(October 9, 1865 - January 3, 1943)

The Lusk Herald
January 7, 1943

William Giinther Niobrara Pioneer Dies on Sunday

Funeral services for William Giinther, pioneer rancher of Niobrara county, were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Peet chapel. The Odd Fellows memorial service was used both for services at the chapel and at the graveside. Assisting with this service were Rev. Millard Marshall, Wm. Watt, Lloyd Pilcher and Menno Kaan. A quartette consisting of Misses Yvonne Vogel, Pat Taylor, and Frank Kuhn and Don Taylor, sang several numbers, and pallbearers were Henry Petz, Arthur Root, Fred Root, Wm. Miller, Dudley Fields and O.P. Harnagel.

Mr. Giinther passed away at the Lusk hospital on January 3rd, following an acute illness of only a few days, although he has been in rather poor health for a number of years.

Mr. Giinther was born at Lexington, Missouri on October 9th, 1865. While a young man he went to Leadville, Colo., where he engaged in mining until 1886, when he came to Lusk and entered the livestock business. He homesteaded northwest of Hat Creek and has lived in this community almost continuously since that time. For several years he has made his home in Lusk, at the time of his death he was living at the Joe Seifert home.

Mr. Giinther joined the Odd Fellow lodge in 1902, and at the time of his death was the oldest member of Custer Lodge No. 21.

Surviving relatives include a sister, Carrie Giinther and a brother, Charles Giinther of Lexington, Missouri; three nephews George of Casper, Charles of Borger, Texas and Ernest of Fairbanks, Alaska, and a niece, Mrs. Carrie McCarthy of Denver. George and Charles Giinther and Mrs. McCarthy were in Lusk to attend the funeral services.

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