Paul J. Gunderman, 90, of Cape Coral and Estero, passed away peacefully Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at his home. He was born Jan. 23, 1923, in Cleveland, Ohio.
He served in the 10th Mountain Division during World War II as a medic and was credited, along with the field surgeon, with saving the life of Sen. Bob Dole during the Italian Campaign. In later years he was a member of the 10th Mountain Division Association where he served two terms as their national president. Upon returning from the war, he was a journeyman carpenter and built custom homes in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1969 he moved to Cape Coral and opened, "Paul J. Gunderman & Son Company," where he continued to display his craftsmanship in remodeling and custom homes until his retirement in the late 1980s. While in business, he served one term as president in the CCCIA.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Dolores; and seven children, Tom (Diane) of Cape Coral, Nancie (Bo) White of Cape Coral, Sally (Bill) Knight of Cape Coral, John (Audrey) of Cape Coral, Paula (Henri) Lafenetre of Cape Coral and Susan and Mary Ann Gunderman of Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Robert (Mary) of Columbus, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews.
Paul J. Gunderman
A memorial mass was held at St. Andrew Catholic Church Friday, Nov. 8, and entombment was followed at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens under military honors.
He will be remembered as a great craftsman, a devoted family provider, and a member of the "Greatest Generation."