Frederick H. Gutekunst, 74, of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, (formerly of Silver Creek) died unexpectedly Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Waccamaw Community Hospital.
Born in Queens, N.Y., he was the son of the late Frederick and Eleanor (Neibling) Gutekunst. He graduated from the Public School Systems of Long Island N.Y., SUNY at Fredonia, and Lutheran Seminary College.
Fred was a Music and Social Studies teacher in the Clymer School District of NY and a Lutheran Minister in Buffalo, N.Y. and Little Rock, Ark. He was an avid golfer and woodcrafter.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Frederick and Eleanor (Neibling) Gu-tekunst; first wife, Virginia (Kelly) Gutekunst; a brother, Kenneth Gutekunst; and his stepmother, Doris (Boch) Gutekunst.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Gutekunst; children: Sharon (Joseph) Krupa of Cassadaga NY, Kim (James) Castiglia of Silver Creek N.Y., Karyn Pryll of Silver Creek N.Y., Frederick H. (Lorie) Gutekunst Jr. of Lonoke, Ark., Heidi Niswander of North Little Rock, Ark; 16 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and his siblings: sisters Susan (Richard) Kostynick of Detroit Lake, Minn., Nancy (David) McClure of Pinelles Park, FL; a brother Richard (Nyla) Gutekunst of Humble, Texas and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held May 18, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at the Laona United Methodist Church, Fredonia N.Y.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Trinity Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 14758 Surfside Beach, SC 29775 or Lung Cancer Research Foundation - www.lungcancerresearchfoundation.org/donate.php