Karl H. Guenther, 67, of Hamburg, a former ski school director and noted sportsman, died Tuesday (Aug. 18, 1998) in Mercy Hospital after a battle with cancer.
Born in Schwenningen, Germany, he started skiing at the age of 4 and became a member of the West German Olympic ski team and the West German national ski team. He was an alternate in the 1952 Winter Olympics.
His victories included the famous Holmenkallen downhill competition and the Krystal Krunz slalom title. An expert ski jumper, he took part in many jumping meets throughout Europe.
He also was an outstanding Greco-Roman wrestler, becoming a champion as he represented his town and competed on the West German team. He also raced motorcycles in Europe for Team BMW.
He came to the United States in 1958. In 1964, he was named director of the Kissing Bridge Ski School, which was co-sponsored by The Buffalo News. He held the position for 12 years.
He subsequently worked for 20 years at the Ford Stamping Plant in Woodlawn, first as a tool-and-die maker, then as a computer administrator.
Trained as a tool-and-die maker and mechanical engineer in Germany, he also operated his own company, Guenther Tool and Die Co., doing work for Mack Trucks and the federal government.
He married Patricia Aaron in 1964.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Randi Schunk of Hamburg; a son, Joshua of Hamburg; a brother, Edgar of Schwenningen; a sister, Ossie Diebner of Athol Springs; and two grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Athol Springs, after prayers at 9:30 in Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Hamburg. Burial was in Lakeside Memorial Cemetery, Hamburg.