Henry Gunther(83) passed away late in the evening on May 1, 2018, at his home in Lake Havasu City, AZ. Henry was proceeded in death by his parents, a son and a grandson. He is survived by his brother Rolf (Anna) Gunther, Grandson CJ Gunther, his ex-wife Alice, his longtime girlfriend Sharon, his Air America® buddies, Sheriff’s Department family and many friends around the world. There are no services, per his request, but a Celebration of his life was held at his favorite hangout, College Street Brewhouse and Pub in Lake Havasu City, AZ on Friday, May 18 from 3-6 PM. In lieu of cards or flowers those wishing to are encouraged to make a donation in Henry’s honor to the Disabled American Veterans Henry was born July 29, 1935 in pre WWII Germany, he and his family survived the devastating bombings of Hamburg during the war and eventually immigrated to the US, settling in Big Bear CA. Henry served in the US Army but spent the majority of his career as a contract employee of the CIA. He served in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Henry, with the aid of Air America® and local Hmong troops, conducted interdiction raids on the Ho Chi Minh trail, as well as other clandestine operations. He went on to serve assignments in Africa and the Middle East during hostilities in those regions. He was sent to Afghanistan, to train the Mujahadeen during the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. He worked at the Yuma Proving Grounds, developing surveillance technology and also worked on several Space Missions, for NASA, at Cape Canaveral. At the age of 70 he was contacted by the CIA for a clandestine operation in Afghanistan during Desert Storm. He was extremely upset that physically he was unable to assist. When Henry reached US Government mandatory retirement age he went to work as a Civilian Boating Officer for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on the Colorado River and Lake Havasu. Henry was well cared for in his final days by his longtime Girlfriend Sharon Young while his friends stopped by to share old stories. The bombs of WWII couldn’t kill Henry, the Viet Cong and NVA couldn’t kill him, the jungles of SE Asia and Africa couldn’t kill him, and the Russians in Afghanistan couldn’t kill him, but nobody can escape the ravages of time. He said he lived a good life, did stuff he couldn’t believe he survived, saw more places and made more friends than most people and he was ready to see what awaits him on the other side. God Speed my friend. The world is a lesser place without you.


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