Hastings resident Walter J. Gundlach O.D., 94, passed away Monday, November 4, 2019, at Perkins Pavilion Good Samaritan Society-Hastings Village, Hastings, NE.
Graveside services and burial with military rites by Hastings Military Honor Guard will be 11 a.m. Thursday, November 7, at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Hastings with Pastor Dale Phillips officiating. Visitation is 1-8 p.m. Wednesday with family present 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Masonic/Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont, NE or to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date.
Walter was born January 5, 1925, in Chicago, IL to Walter H. & Cecilia C. (Canty) Gundlach. He graduated in 1950 from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL. Walter served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. He married Dora V. Nicholson on October 6, 1944, in Illinois; she preceded him in death on November 7, 2002. They moved to Hastings in 1952.
Walter was a self-employed doctor of optometry and was in partnership with House of Optics in Hastings for 15 years. He was a 50-year member of Midwest Lodge #50 A.F. & A.M. and Tehema Shrine Temple-York Rite.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dora V. Gundlach; brother, Raymond Gundlach; and sister, Coletta Novak.
Son & Daughter-in-law:
Michael J. & Diane Gundlach – Hastings, NE
Daughters & Son-in-law:
Sheryl L. Gundlach – Nebraska City, NE
Catherine & Steve Whetzel – Papillion, NE
Grandson & Spouse:
Jon & Alicia Gundlach – Harvard, NE
Gene Novak – Lombard, IL
Many Nieces & Nephews
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