WILMINGTON — Ron Gunther passed away at Lower Cape Fear Life Care Center, Sunday, December 5, 2021 after a long illness. Ron was born January 22, 1933 and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He attended Cretin High School, received a BS degree in Chemistry from St. Thomas University, a Licentiate degree in philosophy from St. Louis University, a MS and PHD in physical chemistry from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of New Haven.
While completing his PhD, Ron met and married his wife of 55 years, Marilyn. The couple moved to Connecticut spending time in Glastonbury and Mystic until Ron took a position at General Motors Research in Michigan. The majority of Ron’s professional career as a senior research analysis was working on the lithium-ion battery for electric vehicles. He was active in professional organizations, published many academic papers and helped to develop numerous patents for various employers. He was the ultimate scientist.
Ron was an amateur photographer, winning many awards, loved music and travel, and was an excellent wood worker. Besides using those skills at home, upon retirement, Ron spent 10 years as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, working two days a week with a group who did the interior finishing of homes in the city of Detroit.
Ron was an introvert who was intelligent, warm, witty and a wonderful companion for his family and friends. He enjoyed spending time with his family more than anything else. He encouraged them to be the best they could be. He not only supported Marilyn in developing her business he was a contributing partner at home. Ron had a soft spot for his fellow man and was as comfortable in humble surroundings as he was in elegant concert halls.
The family began coming to Wilmington 25 years ago, mostly on holidays. In 2011, after Marilyn retired, Wilmington became home. Ron particularly loved the family trips throughout the US and Europe.
Ron leaves behind his beloved wife Marilyn, daughter Lisa Gunther and son- in- law Brian Reilly, grandsons, Aidan and Henry Reilly. Daughter Karen Gunther and grandchildren Sydney and Christopher Johnson. Brother William Gunther along with nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceasing him are his parents, George and Helen Gunther
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Ron’s name to Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, 3310 Fredrickson Rd. Wilmington, NC 28401 and the Landfall Foundation,1924 Pembroke Jones Drive, Wilmington, NC 28405.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church, Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, at a date to be announced.