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Stephen and Ruth Gunnett

March 17, 2017 ~ March 7, 2017

Stephen Duane Gunnett
July 1, 1948
March 7, 2017

Ruth Ellen Gunnett
August 21, 1953
March 17, 2017

In memory of Stephen Duane Gunnett and Ruth Ellen Gunnett (Jones), husband and wife and best friends for over 44 years.

Stephen Duane Gunnett was born, July 1, 1948, in San Diego, California to George Samuel and Dorothy Lillian Gunnett (Hall). He grew up in Ramona, California. 

Stephen drafted into the United States Army at the age of 18 and served his Country honorably in the Vietnam War.

After leaving the Army, he married Ruth and they raised five children together. Stephen created a lifelong career in the grocery industry in Ramona. He was a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW Local 135) and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies from Palomar College in San Marcos, California. 

Stephen was known for his quiet nature and quick wit. He enjoyed barbequing in his backyard, watching Star Trek, reading science fiction, and assembling and painting birdhouses, model airplanes, and model cars. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather.

Ruth Ellen Gunnett was born, August 21, 1953, in Escondido, California to Henry Jones and Hazel Mozel Stoker.

Ruth was known for her infectious laugh and deep love for her husband, children, and grandchildren. She enjoyed creating beautiful, custom quilts for her family, barbequing, and spending time with her grandkids. She was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother.

Stephen passed away on March 7, 2017 at Penrose-St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado surrounded by his entire family after a year-long battle with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). 

Ruth passed away in her sleep on March 17, 2017 in her home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, likely from takotsubo cardiomyopathy - also known as "broken heart syndrome" - due to the loss of her beloved husband.

Stephen and Ruth are survived by their five children, Robert Alan Dahl Jr. and his wife Brooke Dahl, Michael Duane Gunnett and his wife Tina Marie Gunnett, James Eric Gunnett and his wife Lisa Gunnett, Kathleen Amanda Steffans and her husband Justin Steffans, and George Henry Gunnett, eight grandchildren, Tucker James Dahl, Sara Catherine Dahl, Madison Christine Gunnett, Cathan Gregory Gunnett, Zoey Rae Gunnett, Kelsey Lee Steffans, Braden Taylor Steffans, and Jackson Riley Steffans.

Stephen is also survived by his two brothers, Ronald C. Gunnett and his wife Judy Gunnett, and George R. Gunnett. He was preceded in death by his father, George Samuel Gunnett and mother, Dorothy Lillian Gunnett.

Ruth is also survived by two of her siblings, Charlie Jones and Sherry Jones. She was preceded in death by her father Henry Jones, her mother Hazel Mozel Stoker, and her siblings Edgar Jones and Betty Jones.

Stephen and Ruth will be laid to rest, side by side, at Nuevo Memory Gardens in Ramona on Wednesday, March 22nd at 11am. 

Bonham Bros. & Stewart Mortuary and Cremation Service is assisting the family.

 Service Information

Graveside Service
March 22, 2017

11:00 AM
Nuevo Memory Gardens
532 Ash St
Ramona, CA 92065

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