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Born: Apr 06, 1939

Date of Passing: Apr 02, 2020

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April 6, 1939 - April 2, 2020

Raymond Wesley Guenther, our beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, friend and man of faith, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2020.
Left to mourn are his wife, Verna, of 57 years; his children, David (Liesa) and Patricia; grandchildren, Josh (Neeka), Matt (Emily), Sam, Jacob and Kayleah; his sisters, Emily, Carol (Doug); brothers, Larry (Fawnie), Roy (Judy); brothers-in-law, Harry (Jackie) and Walter (Willa).
Ray was born and educated in Winkler, Manitoba, the son of Jake and Erna Guenther. He attended Winkler Bible School, Teachers College at Normal School in Tuxedo and the University of Manitoba, where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. He received a certificate in Special Education from Oxford University in England and his heart was in teaching students with special needs. Most of his teaching was in St. James and in Seven Oaks in Winnipeg. After retirement he taught in Miami, Florida, TESOL in Lille, France, worked as a substitute teacher at Linden Christian School and spent one year as principal of Keystone Christian School.
Ray and his wife were founding members of Ness Avenue Baptist Church. He served in many capacities in the church including service leader on the Board of Deacons and sponsoring youth ministries. His faith in Jesus was central to his life and he had a special gift in serving others. He was instrumental in the founding of the Ness Food Bank, an extension of Winnipeg Harvest.
Ray loved to travel, socialize with friends, infuse creativity and initiate a variety of projects and spend time with his family.
A video in honour of his memory will be posted within the week as will further information of a Celebration of Life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ness Food Bank at Please designate your gift in the message box.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 04, 2020

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • The first time Ray talked to me was just before my baptism at Ness. We were in the pastor's office with some of the other members and everyone was asking very general questions of me. Ray waited till they were all done and they were talking among themselves to get to the "real nitty-gritty questions"...So he proceeded in a very kind and sincerely interested, with many knowing happy nods, soft question period..."how did I get to this point today"..."tell me the very moment your life turned towards this possibly happening"..."were there any blocks in the road?" our short discussion he was able to get my whole testimony out in a way that solidified my decision rock solid. That was Ray to me...he helped affirm my faith...he was a sincere friend...a brother in Christ. - Posted by: Lianne Kilfoyle (nee: Chmelnytzki) (friend from Ness) on: Apr 20, 2020

  • It was a privilege to have Ray as a special friend over the decades. Working alongside Ray and Verna as charter members of Ness Avenue Baptist Church was an honour. Ray was full of energy, ready to accept a challenge with his whole heart. We will cherish the personal friendships and times spent together. While we are sorrowful to say goodbye, we know that it is only for a little while. Ray will always occupy a huge place in our hearts. - Posted by: Ed and Marilee Fisher (Friends) on: Apr 11, 2020

  • Honestly one of the most fun substitute teachers in my upbringing. Left an impact. Condolences to the family. - Posted by: Andrew Mcleod (Student) on: Apr 10, 2020

  • Dear Verna and family, Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Ray. He was a kind and generous person who would never hesitate to help others. He was man of very strong faith who worked faithfully for his Church. He will be missed. Ron and Marilyn Sigurdson - Posted by: Ron and Marilyn Sigurdson (Friends from Teachers' College) on: Apr 06, 2020

  • So sorry to hear about your loss. I did not know Ray but I knew the rest of the family- truly generous and kind people. I went to school with Pat and her brother and remember her mom as one of my teachers! My thoughts are with all of you. - Posted by: Lori Fierheller (Burge) (school friend) on: Apr 06, 2020

  • Dear Verna and Family. Very sad to hear of Ray's passing. My sincerest condolences to you and the family. May the grace and peace of God be with you at this sad time. Love to all. Doris and Karl. - Posted by: Doris Belfry Janzen (Friend) on: Apr 05, 2020

  • One word would summarize Raymond - a servant of the Lord! If there was a project to be undertaken at Ness Baptist (or elsewhere), Ray would be the first to volunteer whether it be organizing Daily Vacation Bible Schools, leading the building expansion in 1982, starting the Food Bank in 1990 which has operated continuously since then. Many other projects were undertaken, some with great results, others not so good, like trying to pull out trees with his car. His heart was always open to help the needy and under privileged. I can hear Jesus say "Well done, though good and faithful servant"! - Posted by: Dennis Kawa (Brother in Christ) on: Apr 05, 2020

  • I remember meeting him at Ness Avenue Baptist Church, sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Joyce Lancaster (friend) on: Apr 05, 2020

  • Dear Verna and family, I am sending you all my deepest sympathy. I remember Ray fondly, especially travelling with you both in our little Volkswagen many years ago to South Dakota where we saw the Passion Play together. We had such fun. I hope it will be memories like this that will help you all now at this very sad time. Thinking of you and sending you warm, virtual hugs, Sandra Phillips xo - Posted by: Sandra Phillips (Friend from many years ago) on: Apr 04, 2020

  • Ray was one of a kind!He and Verna made everyone feel welcome and loved. He shared Christ’s love with many. He will be missed. - Posted by: Lincoln and Nancy Lautermilch (Friends) on: Apr 04, 2020

  • See you again my friend and brother in Christ! - Posted by: Tony Wagner (Friend) on: Apr 04, 2020

  • So very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. You will miss him terribly. He had such a great personality. My love, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. - Posted by: Carolyn Dvorak (Friend) on: Apr 04, 2020

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