Loring W. Guenther, 43, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at his home in Kasson.
Loring was born in Crystal, MN on October 24, 1969 to Wallace and Virginia (Johnson) Guenther. He graduated from Cooper High School in 1988. Following high school he attended North Hennepin Community College earning his Associates Degree in Law Enforcement.
In 1994 Loring started his full-time law enforcement career as a deputy for the Dodge County Sheriff's Office. In 1997, Loring married his best friend, Debonie Mazzei in Kasson.
Loring was dearly loved by his wife, family, friends, and co-workers. Loring always found the good in the bad, and touched the hearts of so many people in Dodge County with his generous way of always giving back to the community.
His positive, enthusiastic personality helped him quickly move up the ranks at the Sheriff's Office being promoted to Training Sergeant, and later Captain. From self-defense, to firearms training, he also shared his law enforcement training experience by teaching students at Rochester Community and Technical College's Law Enforcement Program for many years. Recently, in addition to all his responsibilities with the Sheriff's Office he was also active every year volunteering for the local Toys for Tots program, a program he felt very strongly about.
Co-workers describe Loring as being a strong, kind, thoughtful, and humble leader. While he was very proud of the long list of accomplishments the department had made during his tenure, he was always quick to recognize the efforts of everyone else's involvement, with little or no emphasis on his own. He was a true leader by example in every way, and was respected by all who had contact with him.
Loring's hobbies outside of law enforcement included hunting, fishing, horses, working on cars, camping, and spending quality time with his best friend Debonie.
Loring is survived by his wife of 16 years, Debonie, of Kasson; his father, Wallace Guenther, of Crystal, MN; his sister, Cheri (Bob) Weiss, of Bayport, MN; and a nephew, Anthony Weiss, of Bayport, MN.
Loring is preceded in death by his mother, Virginia.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11AM on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at New Life Worship Center in Rochester with Law Enforcement Chaplain Henry Biar officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 P.M. on Friday, September 13, 2013 at New Life Worship Center and an hour prior to the funeral service at the church.
Directions to New Life Worship Center due to road construction - From Hwy 52 North take the 55th Street exit. Continue across 55th Street onto Bandell Road. Drive north on Bandell Road 1 mile to 65th Street. Turn west on 65th Street and continue approximately ¼ mile to 34th Ave NW. You will then arrive at the church at 6301 34th Ave. NW in Rochester.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Loring's family.