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Richard Gunville

Turtle Mountain Star of Rolla, North Dakota

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Richard Gunville, age 60, of Grand Forks, ND. formerly of Dunseith, ND, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks.

Richard James Gunville was born on September 5, 1955, to John and Helen (DuBois) Gunville in Belcourt, ND. He was raised and educated in Dunseith and graduated from Dunseith High School in 1974.

After graduating, he worked construction, worked as a basketball coach for two years, drove bus for the school, and worked at Dunseith Elementary School as a maintenance worker and custodian.

In 2003, Richard moved from Dunseith to Grand Forks to be with his family and started working at the Ramada. He stayed there for about a year and went on the work construction at the UND paint shop for five years. UND offered him a position with them as a maintenance worker, which he accepted and remained employed.

Richard married Elaine Gunville on October 22, 1976, and became the proud father of four children. Ryan. Cody, Skyler. and Ricanda. He was the very proud "papa" of his three grandchildren. Analeigh Gunville, Sky Chaske, and Baby Gunville.

Richard's favorite pastime was a loving family man. He loved spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He loved to work on cars and going to car shows. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and spending time with his dog, Bailey. He loved to watch sports especially football, as he was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan. His family was the most important thing to him and loved to have family close together. He was blessed with a great work ethic and worked hard all of his life to raise his family and he was very independent and strong.

Richard has touched the lives of many and will be remembered fondly by all who knew him in any way.

Richard is survived by his wife. Elaine Gunville of Grand Forks: four children, Ryan (Hiedi) Gunville of Grand Forks, Cody (Carrie) Gunville of Grand Forks, Skyler (Amber) Gunville of Grand Forks, and Ricanda (Reginald) Chaske of Grand Forks; grandchildren, Analeigh Gunville and one on way due in March: brothers, Robert Gunville, Mark (Val) Gunville, and Jerry (Ann) Gunville; sisters, Sharon (Virgil) Poitra and Debbie (Darrell) Champagne; several nieces, nephews, great nephews and nieces, and great great nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandchild, Sky Chaske, brothers, Timothy and James Gunville, sister, Florence Dodgion, nephews, Bob Dodgion, Dustin Champagne, and William Gunville, and nieces, Sherry Poitra, and Sherry and Mary Gunville.

Casket Bearers were Ryan, Cody, and Skyler Gunville, Devon Champagne, Darrell Champagne, Reginald Chaske, Aaron Gunville, and David Gunville.

Honorary Bearers were all Richard's family and friends.

Music was provided by Pat and Linda Peltier and family.

Funeral Mass was Thursday, October 29, 2015, in St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Dunseith, with Fr. Dennis Mary Dugan presiding.

Burial followed at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Dunseith.

Elick Funeral Home, Rolla, ND, was in charge of arrangements.



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Original Publication Date: November 2, 2015



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