Kenneth Walter Gunn

The man, the myth the legend, Kenneth Gunn “Kenny, Gunner” left this earthly world on Feb 14, 2019. Men wanted to be him and women wanted to be with him. His larger-than-life persona and trademark stubbornness will not be forgotten.

He was born to Robert M and Alvina (Schlaugader) Gunn on April 2, 1943 in Lanesville, Indiana one of eleven children. 

He married his first love, Connie Thomas, had two sons Kenneth Joseph of Cody, WY and David Paul (Joann) of Levinworth, KS. His second love, Betty Kesterson (deceased), gave him three children Dianna Lynn (Allen) Boling, Kenneth Wayne both of Colorado and Kendi Lou (deceased). He married Joyce Cross-Autery on April 3, 1983. She brought her daughter Kersta to the blended family. They had been married 34 years.

Kenny loved to go hunting in the beautiful wilds with his lifelong best friends John and Hazel Aube. Gunner, to his trucking family, knew him to be hard drinking, hard headed, hardworking, dependable, and would help anyone at a moments notice. In 1961 Kenny joined the Colorado State National Guard retiring as a private in 1968. He trucked, worked with heavy equipment, and worked in mines for 50 years, most of which was spent in trucking. His greatest challenge was Wolf Creek Pass, there was no snow heavy enough to keep him from going over. He was a loyal and faithful friend to the truckers, and adversary and lover to his wife.

He leaves behind his children, eight grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren, along with his sisters Margaret, Marcela, Rose, Donna, Pamela and his brothers Tom and Hank and their families and children. Preceding him in death are his parents and his siblings Sunny, Darlene, and Patty, Brother in-laws Larry and Bud, and the above mentioned.

Kenny will be great missed by all of those he touched in life. Teaching us how to work hard and love harder, how to tell the best and wildly inappropriate jokes, and to live every single moment the best you know how, no matter the cost. So raise a glass to Kenny Gunn, he was truly the last of his kind.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring, in leu of flowers please give a donation to Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation.

Rogers Family Mortuary in Alamosa is in care of the arrangements. To leave online condolences or tributes visit