Ed Gunia

  • Died: September 27, 2017
  • Location: Dunlap, Iowa

Fouts Funeral Home

501 Normal St
Woodbine, IA 51579

Tel. (712) 647-2221

Tribute & Message From The Family


Edward Louis Gunia, Jr. was born August 28, 1937, to Edward and Albina (Zuchniak) Gunia, Sr. in Omaha, Nebraska. Ed was proud to be an SOB (South Omaha Boy). He attended school and graduated from South High School. Ed proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and served in Germany and Rome. On June 7, 1958, Ed married Bonnie Retz at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Ed and Bonnie lived in Omaha for their first four years of marriage. Ed owned and operated a sandblasting company in Omaha. The family then moved to Dunlap in 1962. They bought 4 County Lanes in 1962 and operated the bowling alley and raised their family there. Ed worked for Jim Reischl at R.L. Craft in Denison from 1985-2010. Bonnie died on August 9, 2008.

Ed was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and was a Third Degree Knight of Columbus. He loved to fish, hunt and go to the casino. He was an avid nap taker. Ed never knew a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone.

Ed died on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 80 years and 30 days.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Bonnie Gunia; and grandson, Keegan Michael Gunia. He is survived by four children, Mike (Jennifer) Gunia and daughters, Madeline and Lilly of Dunlap, IA, Margie (Don) Nielson and daughters, Megan, Caitie and Nikki of Bellevue NE, Mark Gunia of Crescent, IA, Susie (Kevin) Young and daughter Sarah (Jake) Scott and their children, Addison, Evelyn and Charlotte all of Valley, NE; four siblings, Mary Ann Grieb of Des Moines, IA, Rich (Rosemary) Gunia and Leonard (Marylou) Gunia all of Omaha, NE, Lori (Rick) Kelly of Bellingham, WA; and many relatives and friends.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

I have so many nice memories of your dad. I am so sorry. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
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Posted by sandra nano - omaha, NE - Family Friend   October 08, 2017

Mike, Margie and Siblings,

I know this is such a difficult time for all of you. But you have to hang on to all the funny memories and times shared. Your dad was a funny guy, always something smart to say!! Keep him in your prayers and know that he is happy once again with your mom.
Love & Prayers,
Trish

Posted by TRISH TROFHOLZ - Omaha, NE - Family Friend   October 03, 2017

Had good times
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Posted by Neal Gaul - Earling, IA - Family Friend   October 03, 2017

Unfortunately we had lost touch with Ed several years ago. He was a true friend and a wonderful man. Our deepest condolences to the family.

Posted by Bill and Beth Neumann - Denison, IA - Friend   October 02, 2017

So sorry to hear of Ed's passing. He was a very special man! Always had fun bowling on the Saturday morning kids league at the bowling alley. He and Dad always had great adventures too. Prayers to all of you! God Bless!

Posted by Tami Eck (Woodle) - Kiron, IA - Friend   October 01, 2017

from
Donna Weis Adler-- Dad was best friends with Ed. Dad bowled for years at his bowling alley in Dunlap, Ia. He was a good guy.

from
Gail Weis-- He was an awesome guy!

from
Mary Sue Weis -- Bud Weis loved this guy like a brother. He will be missed by all that new him. It was such a treat to go to the bowling alley on Thursday or Sunday night with Mom and Dad.

from Kris Weis Hennings
Ed would have Tammy and I serve/clean tables a bit on Friday night leagues. He paid us in candy. We had a blast and he was always appreciative.

Posted by Bud Weis children Bud Weis children - Harlan, IA - Friend   September 30, 2017

Oh my gosh. I remember my parents and grandparents bowling there and Ed would hire me for the night to help clean off tables and take food to people and stuff like that. He was so fun. And Margie and I would play too.

Posted by Rhonda Leonard (Thompson) - Logan, IA - Friend   September 30, 2017

I have wonderful memories of Ed & Bonnie Gunia. Dunlap will be a little different for me without Ed. Gunia children be very proud of how your Dad was a successful; business owner and a great contributor to the town of Dunlap. god Bless the Gunia family.

Posted by Denny Andersen - Huntsville, AL - Friend   September 30, 2017

Candle

I met Ed working at R.L.Craft in Denison in 1985. I left Craft in 1992 but managed to run
into Ed off and on over the years. Always the same one of nicest people I have ever met. I roofed Ed and Bonnie's house in 1998. I was lucky to see him just a couple of
weeks ago when I was working in Dunlap, he had just got out of the hospital and
was having dinner with his family at the Dairy Sweet. I always thought of him as a
friend and it was an honor to know him. He was one of the best that I had the privilege of knowing. My heart goes out to his family because you know what you
have lost. God got a good one, til we meet again my friend.


God bless Mark & Sue Jensen & Family

Posted by Mark Jensen - Denison, IA - Friend   September 30, 2017

What a wonderful trip with Ed Gunia, beginning with a south Omaha 27 year old business owner mixing with a 13 year old Dunlap kid who needed a job(spending money). Ed and I would wait tables, mix drinks, fix pinsetters and then close the bowling alley and head to Larson's café for breakfast or the occasional trip to Defiance for some crap shoot action. After a couple of years together, Ed had a heart attack within my eyesight. His absence from 4 county lanes required me to work several hours a week plus go to school. Ed took about a month to get back to work but shortly before his return he called me to the house and gave me a check for 100 dollars and he and Bonnie told me how much they appreciated my efforts. I will never forget the feeling of having 100 dollars as well as the confidence Ed and Bonnie gave me that day. Our next event was the first fire at 4 county lanes. We worked all summer to get business ready to open in the fall and Ed made it clear there was no money for wages but plenty of breakfasts at Larson' café at midnight.(footnote on fire)Ed received an insurance settlement for the fire and 30 years later I told him the real story how the fire was started( I accidently lit a match and started the fire )and he fell off the chair laughing so hard. As I was writing this I have tears streaming down my face, thank you Gunia family for being great part of my life. The final chapter of Ed Gunia and me was this summer. I was sitting in the
Dairy Sweet with my family to include a 5 year old grandson, Ed came up to us and made a point to give my grandson 2 dollars. What a final gesture from Ed to me.

Posted by Dennis Andersen - Huntsville, AL - Friend   September 29, 2017

So sorry for your loss. Ed was a great man. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love you guys!!

Posted by Jana Pospisil - Woodbine, IA - Family Friend   September 29, 2017

I can't claim to have known Ed well, but he, Bonnie and their bowling alley are etched into my Dunlap childhood--and, no doubt, into the memories of lots of Dunlapians. Shortly after they bought the alley, I remember spending many nights there while my parents bowled in a mixed-doubles league. Later on, Saturday mornings meant bowling in the kids' league, and eventually pairing with Bud Weis there in a father/son tournament. And in high school, the alley was an occasional dating destination.

Throughout all those years--even when my dad and I built an addition on their house--I remember both Ed and Bonnie as being nice, kind people. I'm guessing that most everybody who came in contact with them had that impression. I give my sincere condolences to the Gunia family for your loss.

Posted by Doug Stockstad - Concord, MA - Acquaintance   September 29, 2017

Ed was a Dear Friend of Mine and I will Cherish All the Memories and times spent together. I will Miss You Buddy! Your Friend Mark

Posted by Mark Bissen - Dunlap, IA - Family Friend   September 29, 2017

So sorry to hear of Ed's passing. You all are in my prayers.

Posted by Jody Skipworth - Fairhope, AL - Friend   September 29, 2017

Candle

Bud Weis, my dad, loved this guy like a brother. He will be missed by all that new him. It was such a treat to go to the bowling alley on Thursday or Sunday night with Mom and Dad.

Posted by Don & Mary (Weis) Assmann - Panama, IA - Acquaintance   September 28, 2017

When I told my children today that Ed passed away tears flowed and then they all shared stories of Ed with each other..."Ed gave me a dollar for the church bake sale!" "Ed gave me change at Halloween!" "Ed gave me shark teeth!" My heart overflowed that my children also loved Ed just as much as I did! I grew up in Bonnie and Ed's bowling alley. Seriously! :) I was so spoiled with love by them I think I probably was jealous when their own grand-kids came along! :) Bonnie and Ed would keep Cheetos on hand for all us kids when we would walk across the street for a visit and Ed would give us girls a dollar to 'style his hair' or to rub his feet! I never recall seeing Bonnie and Ed down....only joyful. Even through life's trials. Maybe we all share the same Ed stories..."Ed gave me a dollar." "Ed gave me a hug." "Bonnie and Ed gave us love and joy!!" Mike, Margie, Mark and Susie our hearts are heavy with yours but we pray that you are comforted in knowing that Ed is now reunited with the love of his life and that they both are living fully with our Lord and Savior! Now when it thundering and lightning my children will know exactly which two angels are bowling up there! Love to you all!- Missy

Posted by Makayla Beeck - Earling, IA - Family Friend   September 28, 2017

Our prayers and condolences to the Gunia family. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Dennis Michele Cox - woodbine, IA - Friend   September 28, 2017

RIP dear Ed. I just know that Bonnie, Ray and Ella Mae were waiting for you at the pearly gates and you are all catching some of the biggest salmon right now!!! You were always such a good friend to Ray and Ella. We had many talks about Ray when we would visit in the alley when you were on your way home. I will miss those stories!!! Give mom and dad a big hug for me and now, go catch some more fish!!!!!

Posted by Paul and Deb Leonard - Dunlap, IA - Family Friend   September 28, 2017

Candle

I am so sorry for your loss. I am a friend of Margie's. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Posted by Laurie Howe - Omaha, NE - Acquaintance   September 28, 2017

I guess I have had SO many memories with Ed, it is hard to pick one? I want to say I will Truly miss him a lot! We spent many fun times together. Ed is the True definition of a Friend! Good Buddy We will be reunited again. Your Friend Mark

Posted by Mark Bissen - Dunlap, IA - Family Friend   September 28, 2017

I have many fond memories of the family. My favorite memory that I share to others to thus day is, I worked at their bowling alley in high school and one of my duties was massaging his feet. I know, it was a strange part of my job but it makes me laugh when I think of Ed. He was a great boss! ❤

Posted by Becky Riskowski (Gau) - Omaha, NE - Friend   September 28, 2017