Allen Jay Gunning

  • Born: November 28, 1938
  • Died: January 12, 2019
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705
Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather

Born: November 28, 1938
Boulder, Colorado
To: Harold and Bonnie Gunning

Baptized: April 17, 1949
Countryside Christian Church
Mission, KS

Married: Lutanna Markham
August 5, 1960
St. Charles Episcopal Church
Fairbury, NE

Survived by: Lutanna, his wife of 58 years. His three sons and wives: Kevin and wife, Kathy; Kerry and wife, Gloria, and Kurt and wife, Vanessa. His five grandchildren: Jason, Sara, Jordan, Samantha and Mykin and two great grandchildren: Oliver and Nora

Joined Lutheran Church: St. Mark's Lutheran Church
North St. Paul, MN
Joined Redeemer: January 1990

Graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1961 with a chemical engineering degree. Graduated Athens College Alabama with an MBA in 1970. Was a registered professional engineer in Alabama.

Served as an elder of congregation at St. Paul Lutheran church, Decatur, Alabama; St. Peter Lutheran church, Afton, MN.; Redeemer Lutheran Church; and elder in Tokyo Central Lutheran Church.

Served as President of the congregation at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Afton, MN., and Redeemer Lutheran Church, Austin, TX.

Taught bible classes for over 40 years at various congregations.

Volunteered at Lutheran Hour Ministries and also served on Advisory Boards at the University of Texas-Mechanical Engineering School and Concordia University–Texas.

Employed by Standard Oil of California from 1961 to 1965 as refinery engineer.

Retired after 35 years from 3M Company.

Proudly served his country as a 1st Lieutenant in the 14th Artillery, United States Army in Nurnberg, Germany as a battery commander.

Visitation will be January 17, 2019 at 12 noon with services to follow at 1 pm at
Redeemer Lutheran Church
1500 West Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78757

In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to:
Redeemer Lutheran Church
1500 West Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78757


Condolence & Memory Journal

I miss you terribly. I regret not saying I love you when I was there in the hospital holding you. I was hoping that somehow not speaking would push back reality. Like a fool I was wrong, and missed my last opportunity. The pain does not seem to fade; I guess that's a testament to just how much you meant. Forever grateful that YOU were my DAD! I will love you forever.

Posted by Kerry Gunning - Austin, TX - Son   September 18, 2019


Dear Mam and dear Brothers,

I would have liked to be with you on this sad day, to accompany my second father, despite this sadness, I will keep all the joy in my heart of the good times, that we spent together with Dad and his family. I couldn't find a flight to Austin and I sincerely regret it.

I remember well that evening in July 1979, when I met Dad, who was waiting for me with his inseparable smile at the Minneapolis airport, and he introduced me to his wife and three boys Kevin, Kerry and Kurt. The meeting of a life.

Happy Providence that allowed me to meet a great family, united and full of joy to live.

The teenager I was in the tumult of life asked himself many questions at these time, but Lu and Allen with their three sons showed me, by their examples, the way we must follow, the way that leads to God, the goal of our earthly life.

Allen, Dad forme, was a man of great faith, full of joy, always trying to appease if he felt some tension between people.

You can be proud of your husband, father and grandfather, a good man , right, honest, just an example for everyone. I am happy to have met him, loved like all of you.

I share your sadness for the loss of this precious man he was to each of you, to us, an example to follow, but we know that through this beautiful life which he led, he rests with Jesus Christ, looking at you from heaven while interceding with God so that he may protect you and fill you with blessings, knowing that if we follow this model of life which was Allen, we will find him on the path which he has drawn for us.

My whole family Christine, Marie-Ange Matthieu and their son Maxence, Stéphanie, Bruno and their children Thibaud and Amélie, join me in offering you our sincere condolences, our deep friendship, and all our love for you.

may he rest in peace with God!

Posted by Louis-Michel DEGURSE - Lyon France - Family   January 17, 2019

Dear Lu and family, So sorry for your loss. God must have special plans for Al in heaven.
We know you will miss him very much. It was a pleasure to get together when the kids had
a special occasion. Al did many God pleasing things in his church. Our prayers have been
with you and Al. They will be with you and your sons and their families.
Bill and Lois Check

Posted by Bill and Lois Check - Cottage Grove, MN - Family Friend   January 17, 2019

Dear Lu and Family, Our deepest sympathy to you all. Wish we could be there with you, but will be in thought and spirit. Many fond memories of times together both in Afton and in Austin.
Myrtis Peck Dufresne, Paul, Karen and Tracey

Posted by Myrtis DuFresne - Green Valley, AZ - Friend   January 17, 2019

Condolences to Lu and family. I remember the good times working and traveling with Al for 3M TelComm. Our thoughts are with you.

Posted by Jerry Appleby - Austin, TX - Coworker   January 16, 2019


Gunning Family, my condolence. I worked for Mr Gunning as his administrative assistant at 3M. We were a great team...

Posted by Marjorie Luke - Round Rock, TX - Coworker   January 16, 2019

Redeemer Lutheran Church and especially my family thank God for Al Gunning.
Our prayers are with you, Lu, and his sons and families.

Pastor Dave and Sandy Schroder

Posted by David Schroder - Austin, TX - Friend   January 16, 2019

Dear Lu and all of your family, please accept our deepest sympathy on the departure of Al's life on this earth to his new residence in Heaven. May God bless and keep all of you! Blessings and Love, John and Mary Ann Brown

Posted by John and Mary Ann Brown - Georgetown,, TX - Friend   January 15, 2019

Such a wonderful man. I'm very happy to have gotten time with him!

Posted by Deborah Morrison - Cavalier, ND - Family Friend   January 15, 2019

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