Larry William Gundlack, Oct. 8, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

Larry William Gundlack, 64, of Onia, died at home on Oct. 8. The youngest of six children, Lare was born in Beloit, Wisc. to the late Elizabeth Churchill Gundlack (Flynn) and Walter Heinrich Herman Gundlack.

Lare lived a good life, cut short by a cruel disease. He grew up in Rockford Ill. His many pursuits included iron working as a young adult as well as being a leather worker, construction worker, motorcycle daredevil, deck hand on oil barges in Louisiana and a cowboy in Colorado and Arkansas. Most of all he was an artist.

He was always striving to bring out the best in other people, inspiring them to find their inner child and artist. He will be remembered for his creative hands, generous heart, radical mind and hearty laugh.

Lare spent many years living on the road and came to Stone County in the late 60s to explore the caves in the region. He loved Stone County and was intrigued that the courthouse was used for Friday night musicals by the town's people.

Lare began a movement of friends from the Rockford area to relocate in Stone County. Some of his most joyful times included an old truck to demolish or a good horse and a place to wander.

Lare and Linda Van Trump met in Eureka Springs in the fall of 1975 and became best friends right away, beginning their life adventure together. Their many travels took them to Mexico, Canada and 49 of our 50 states, with only Hawaii left to explore.

Survivors include life partner Linda Van Trump of Onia; sister, Leatrice Cassioppi, of Rockford, Ill.; many nieces and nephews and a host of good neighbors and friends around the nation.

A memorial will be held Sunday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. through sunset at the Pordue Cemetery overlooking his beloved Onia, Arkansas.