Guenther Peter Luitjens, 76, died on Sept. 8, 2021, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, from a heart attack.
A funeral service was Monday, Sept. 13, at Green Hill Funeral Home Chapel in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Interment was at Green Hill Memorial Gardens.
Guenther Luitjens was born on June 2, 1945, in Pulkau, Austria, to LeRoy and Margarete Luitjens. He lived the first 13 years of his life in Austria, attending the local Catholic school. He was an altar boy who fondly remembered the stern nuns with their ruler.
After moving to Luverne, he attended Luverne schools until he graduated in 1964. After graduation, Guenther enlisted in the United States Navy, spending time on both ship and submarine, where he was honorably discharged in 1971.
He worked the majority of his life as a Ford car salesman. His most recent position was a shuttle driver for a local dealership.
Guenther loved watching football and basketball, but he especially loved watching the Minnesota Vikings games while wearing team clothing.
After his first wife of 25 years, Patricia Sue, passed away, he later married Karen in March of 2016.
Guenther is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter Kimberly (Dave) Medrick; Karen’s daughter Tammy (Shawn) Leonard; grandchildren Alysha Medrick, Aaron (Brittany) Medrick, Elizabeth (Matthew) Koppe, Zachary (Sara) Medrick, Michael Phillips, Wyatt Phillips; great-grandchildren Maverick, Ethan, Grayson, Hadley, and Ryker.
Guenther was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Sue, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, his parents; and his brother, Roy, and his wife, Rose, Luitjens of Bloomington, Illinois.