Ronald Leon "Gunnie" Gunyan Jr.

Ronald  Leon "Gunnie" Gunyan Jr., 67, of Rock Springs, passed away June 6, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. A lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Gunyan had been in ill health for the past 10 months. 

He was born on March 24, 1949 in Dines, the son of the late Ronald Leo Gunyan Sr. and Rosetta L. Manlove Gunyan. 

Gunyan attended schools in Rock Springs, was a 1969 graduate of the Rock Springs High School and he attended college and obtained a degree in maintenance.

He married Barbara Gibbons Gunyan on July 16, 1970 in Rock Springs. 

Gunyan was a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War and served from March 5, 1969 until he received his honorable discharge on Oct. 16, 1970. While serving in the United States Army, he received many awards including the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and Air Medal. 

He was a member of Rip Cord Association, American Legion Archie Hay Post No. 24, Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 151 and 101st Airborne Association; founding charter member of American Legion Riders Post No. 24 Wyoming. 

His interests were hunting, fishing and was an avid outdoorsman. He also enjoyed yard work, playing music, gardening and spending time with his dogs Izzy and Chewie and family members. He also enjoyed tormenting family for being idiots. 

Survivors include his wife of 45 years Barbara Gunyan of Rock Springs; his mother Rosetta Gunyan of Rock Springs; son Ronald Leon Gunyan III and wife Juanita of Rock Springs; daughter Dana Lyn Cooke and husband Mike of Rock Springs; three brothers, Myron Gunyan, Richard Gunyan and wife Ann, Mike Gunyan and wife Peggy, all of Rock Springs; two brothers-in-law, Wally Gibbons of Deadwood, S.D. and Cliff Gibbons and wife Carol of Rock Springs; Four sisters, Sharon Gunyan of Casper, Bernadette Boyak and husband Andy of Green River, Fran Jennings and husband Floyd of Rock Springs and Lillian Dominguez and husband Javier of Belin, N.M.; uncle Jack Gunyan of Rock Springs; aunt Darlene Overman and husband Myron of Butte, Mont.; grandchildren Kodi Provence, Holly Provence, Destiny Provence, Randi Burns and husband Mike, Jerry Evans and wife Jess, Terry Renney and wife Aundrea; eight great-grandchildren; many cousins, nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father; brothers Wayne Gunyan and Gerald Gunyan; his paternal grandparents Ben and Lillian Gunyan; his maternal grandparents Wayne and Fern Manlove; niece Crystal Jennings and grandson Curtis Elam.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life took place Monday.

The family of Ronald L. "Gunnie" Gunyan, Jr.  respectfully suggests that donations in his memory be made to "Ripcord Association" c/o Lee Widjeskog, 493 Stillman Avenue, Bridgeton, New Jersey.


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