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Gary Kuehntopp, 80, of Spring Hill, FL, formerly of Stewartville, passed away September 27, 2018, surrounded by his family.
Gary was born on December 18, 1937 to Harold and Maxine (Egen) Kuehntopp of Stewartville, MN. He grew up in Stewartville and joined the Marine Corps 5th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corp following high school. On August 9, 1958 Gary married the love of his life, Marian Root of Spring Valley, MN at St. John’s Catholic Church in Rochester, MN. They made their life in Stewartville where Marian raised four daughters while Gary worked in finance at IBM. In 1982, IBM relocated Gary and Marian to Boca Raton, FL, where they eventually convinced two of their daughters to raise their kids near them. After Gary retired from IBM, he worked at Nokia in Melbourne, FL. Finally Gary and Marian followed friends to Spring Hill, FL.
Gary is survived by his wife of 60 years: Marian; four daughters: Dawn (Timothy) Woodcock, Susan (Todd) Johnson, Nancy (Jeff) Morris and Peggy (Kevin) Chidester; 14 grandkids; 11 great-grandkids; sister: Janice Bushman; brother: Greg (Linda) Kuehntopp; sister-in-law: Barb Regier; brother-in-law: Mike (Raylene) Root. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Marlene Kinny, Marian’s parents, sister-in-law Karen Sample, brother-in-laws, Howard Bushman, Bud Owen, Dick Regier and grandson Steven Gary Morris. Three days after Gary’s death he was joined in Heaven by another sister-in-law Jan Owen.
Before passing, Gary was honored to have Hospice volunteers give him a military pinning ceremony. On October 6th there was a Memorial Gathering for Gary at the Wellington Clubhouse at Spring Hill, FL. On October 8th a funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Parish, also in Spring Hill.
Gary felt his life was perfectly celebrated at the recent 60th wedding anniversary party thrown for he and Marian on August 11, 2018, in Rochester, that there will be no funeral service in Minnesota. Family memorials are planned for next summer. Gary enjoyed the party where he was able to serenade his bride, and kiss all those who attended, and spend time with his family. His smile never left his face. This is the memory he wanted us all to retain. Gary was a Vikings fan, especially when they were winning. He liked to golf, tell stories, babysit friends’ dogs, and spend time with his grandkids. Everyone was Gary’s friend. All of us have our favorite Gary story. It may contain yellow eyes, a bird, or some other odd item, but it was Gary, the man, the myth, the legend.