In Memory

Kenneth Gundling

Kenneth Gundling

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11/26/17 01:09 PM #1    

Carol Roberts (Bennis)

I was so sorry to hear about Ken's passing. It was so nice to reconnect with Ken and Judy at the Ackley's and at our 50th reunion.  My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to Judy and their whole family.  Love, Carol

11/29/17 03:07 PM #2    

John Surre

Jackie and I were both devastated when we heard of Ken's passing. I have fond memories of our early teen years in Maywood with teen canteen every Friday. Ken could dance. Ken and Judy both lived on Central Avenue, so they were close then even before they became a couple. They became high school sweethearts just like Jackie and me. One fond memory of Ken and I happened in Junior High. We were dating the Laganella twins and on one occasion the twins "switched on us" and little did we know the switch was made.One time Judy hosted a fantastic New Year's Eve party at her parents house. I also recall all the times Doug Schurmann and I drove to Ken and Judy's home in Conn. to play golf at Hubbard Heights. Ken was always long and straight off the tee.

Up until the time Ken and Judy relocated to Canton, GA, We would spend one weekend every June at Dan and Marilyn's home at the Joisey Shore. Three high school couples having fun together and recalling our good times at BHS and stories of our kids. I have one very vivid memory of Ken as we left the beach and headed to Woody's for lunch. That baseball cap Ken always wore with the fake hair coming out the back, down to his shoulders. As we grew older we both had less hair!

It was never just Ken or just Judy, It was always Ken "and" Judy! May the many fond memories of their long life together and the love of their sons and family surround Judy and provide comfort and strength in the days ahead.

01/05/18 09:06 PM #3    

Daniel Ackley

In memory of Ken Gundling.


Upon hearing of Ken’s passing on November 21, 2017 at home, we knew we had to attend his Memorial Service in respect of our special friendship. Fortunately, the Gundling family had decided to have the service on December 27, 2017 when all of their family would be together in Georgia.

Judy and her family planned a memorable graveside service at the Georgia National Cemetery with “Naval Military Honors” for Ken and his oldest son Greg gave a speech that was unforgettable.

Ken and I met when he lived one street over from me in Maywood  when we were 4 years old and shared many adventures as we were growing up and always reminded each other of the fun times of those early days. My family moved to the other side of town, therefore, I attended Memorial Grammar School as Ken went to Maywood Avenue School. Fortunately we remained in contact through sports at Memorial Field especially in the summertime.

Seventh grade brought us back together at Maywood Avenue School, where we both played on various school sport teams and met our future wives.  Ken continued to be a great friend and teammate of mine throughout our three years at Bogota High School again playing on various sports teams together.

During baseball season in high school we worked in a grocery store in Montclair. We would ride too work in my '58 convertible on Sunday’s and had many great times and tales of those days.

When Ken went to Kings Point Academy, Judy and I would visit him at school and I always wondered how Ken could deal with a military school, but Ken had no problem and could make friends wherever he went.

We continued our friendship as married couples, as our Maywood wives were also good friends with many great memories of their own.  It has always been very special visiting each others various homes throughout the years, attending our children’s weddings and having our own special reunion weekends as often as possible.

No matter how long between visits it was easy to be with Ken and Judy. Ken and I would swap stories for hours, whether, stories from the old days, current stories about coaching our kids in their sports careers and eventually our plans for the future.

Ken was always easy to get along with and he and Judy made a great team together.

“We weren’t just friends we were Family” and will remain so always.

He is deeply missed but never forgotten...

Dan Ackley


01/07/18 10:23 AM #4    

Jeffrey Mohn


A touching tribute to your good friend, and a life well-lived but cut too short.  I was not really close to Ken, (different parts of town and different sports) but he was a guy I always liked and admired, with his friendly demeanor easy style.  He was a credit to our class, and will be missed.  It was good seeing him and Judy at the reunion.

01/07/18 09:30 PM #5    

Barbara Banisch (Lynch)

Thanks Dan for posting the tribute to Ken. Heartfelt sympathy goes to Judy and their family in their time of such loss. I knew them both since grammar school; they were two really nice kids. Then they became what we teenagers called a cute couple, but as their life together unfolded into mature adulthood they built a family and memories which will continue to bring a smile to all who think of them, as well as comfort to Judy and their sons.

01/08/18 09:06 AM #6    

Gail Gracey (Roncevic)

I knew Kenny basically from home room, and he always was friendly and kind, with a smile for me each morning.  Condolences to Judy, his family, and all of his wonderful friends who have posted their memories of Kenny.

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