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Service Information
Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN
Friday, August 5, 2011
12:00 Noon

Visitation Information
Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN
Friday, August 5, 2011
10:00 AM

Jeff Leonard Gueningsman, age 46, of Winsted passed away on Saturday evening, July 30, 2011 at The Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice House in Chaska.

He was born on December 22, 1964 in Winsted the son of Leonard & Elaine Rehmann Gueningsman.

On May 12, 1990, Jeff Gueningsman & Kay Michaletz were joined in holy marriage at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. God blessed their marriage with a daughter: Annie.

He enjoyed being out in the shop working on his vehicles. His passion was his Chevelle in the early years, and later, he enjoyed building and working on his pulling trucks and tractor. He and his wife enjoyed 23 seasons of truck and tractor pulling all over the Midwest area.
He also enjoyed being with his daughter Annie, who was the light of his life.

Survived by his wife: Kay Gueningsman; a daughter: Annie Gueningsman; his mother: Elaine Gueningsman of Lester Prairie; sisters & brothers: Jo (Fritz) Lukes of Lester Prairie, Jean (Tim) Sicheneder of New Germany, Jim Gueningsman of Winsted, Jerry (Cindy) Gueningsman of Lester Prairie and Jody (Linda) Gueningsman of South Haven; brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law: Larry & Cathy Michaletz of Lester Prairie and JoAnn & John Anderson of Orlando, Florida; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Preceded in death by his father: Leonard Gueningsman, his grandparents: Frank & Margaret Gueningsman & Gilbert & Viola Rehmann and by his father-in-law & mother-in-law: Ruben & Lorraine Michaletz.

Funeral services for Jeff Gueningsman will be held on Friday, August 5th at 12 Noon at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.

Interment will be at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted.

A visitation will be held Friday, August 5th two hours prior to services at the funeral home.

Honorary Casket Bearers are Jeff’s brothers & brothers-in-law: Jim Gueningsman, Jerry Gueningsman, Jody Gueningsman, Fritz Lukes and Tim Sicheneder.

Casket Bearers will be Kipp Trebesch, Kipp Trebesch Jr., Dean Terning, Doug Haines, Adam Meuwissen and Justin Schelitzche.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family.

51 Guestbook Entries

  1. Cathy Telecky

    I am so sorry to hear about Jeff. Words can’t describe how my heart bleeds for you. If there is ever anything I can do to help you during this time of grieving or in the future, please give me a call.

  2. Ron and Patty Newell

    Thoughts and prayers to you Kay, Annie & family.

  3. Petro Motorsports, Randy, Kathy & Jessie

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Jeff’s family at this time of sorrow.

  4. Ron & Julie Haekenkamp

    Kay and Annie; we are so sorry for your loss. We lost a good friend and fellow puller. Please know that we are here for you, whatever we can do..

  5. Bobs Repair

    Kay and Annie;
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Treasure the memories of your time you had together. Bob Robin Carlson

  6. Kevin, Kim and Kayla Weinzierl

    Kay, Annie and Family; Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We are sorry we can’t make it on Friday as we are going to be out of town. I am so sorry we can’t be there for you. We will raise one up to Jeff on Friday night in his memory. Take care and don’t ever hesitate to call if you need a babysitter or anything. Kayla is old enough to babysit now so feel free. Take care and find peace there is no more pain and hold tight to all the memories you have with him. Jeff would like that you are pulling on Friday, ‘giver all you got babe’, he will be watching you!!!

  7. david huitt

    I am sorry to hear about all of this. It saddens me that I got to see him pull for the last time in Hutchinson. My heart goes out to Kay and Annie.
    Rest in peace, Jeff.

  8. Jane Martyn

    We are very sad to hear of Jeff’s passing, and hope you find peace in the days ahead.
    Take Care,
    Jeff and Jane Martyn
    “The Hustler” SF Tractor Puller

  9. Todd & Kay Hoernemann

    Many thoughts and prayers. God Speed!

  10. Alan Wiederholt

    Kay & Annie, my condolences at your time of loss. Jeff was an awesome guy. Always there to help people. That’s how I first met him, 27 years ago when he worked on my car at his parents house. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him. He’s in a better place now, with God.
    God Bless you guys.
    You’ll be in my prayers.

  11. Teresa and Dan Larson

    Kay, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Annie.

  12. Anna Romer

    My condolences go out to you, Kay, and your family on the loss of Jeff. I’ve enjoyed watching you two pull since I was 5, I am now 25. I consider him a legend in truck and tractor pulling. He will be greatly missed. May God give you and your daughter the strength to stay strong during these hard times. You are in my prayers.

  13. Pete and Cheryl McKeeth

    We feel blessed to have gotten to know Jeff. He was an asset to this world! He will be greatly missed!

  14. William Rehmann

    Kay, Annie and family, Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Elaine and I will remember Jeff in our prayers.



  16. Jeff Berndt

    I’m sorry for the loss of Jeff. My heart goes out to the family and to Kay. I never had the chance to talk to Jeff personally. I saw him at many pulling events. It will be sad without him!

  17. Melanie Menth

    I am heartily sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
    God’s Blessings, Chad and Melanie Menth and Family

  18. Duane Odenbrett

    Kay, we are really sorry to hear of your loss. I am really going to miss him and all his expertise and advice he would give me.

  19. Laurie Boogaard

    My thoughts and prayers are with you for your loss. Jeff will be missed by many.

  20. Dan Brzozowski

    Been great knowing you as a person, promoter and a competitor. You will be missed.
    Dan, Team Technical Diffacultease and Western Wisconsin Truck Pullers

  21. Bill and Nick Lano

    Kay and Annie, our deepest regrets but great joy has come into our lives with Jeff and his moments discussing tractor pulling and life’s experiences. We all will have a special place in our heart that we will keep Jeff’s memory and this gives Jeff’s life meaning and be very proud of that. Bill and Nick Lano are blessed by being a friend of Jeff Gueningsman. Thank You Kay and Annie for sharing him with us all.

  22. Jack Zimmerman

    My condolences to the family. Jeff was a very fierce competitor, but was always a great guy. I enjoyed pulling against him, he will be missed. He was always a first class act!

  23. Jim Webb

    Kay, My condolences to you and your daughter. I remember first dealing with you when I bought a crankshaft from you and Jeff a few years back. The honesty and straight forwardness you displayed in that transaction shows the character that you both possessed. Jeff seemed a hard worker and a proud man. Those are the ones who seem to go first. Cherish the great times you had together and also remember the not so great times and smile at them because it takes all the times–good or bad– to make the person. Hopefully, family and God will comfort you in the upcoming days, weeks, and months and you can go on knowing that Jeff is in a better place and feeling no pain.
    Jim Webb
    Red Headed Stepchild
    Jumpin’ Jack Flash
    NTPA Mini Modifieds

  24. Jeff & Lorrie Cummings

    Thoughts and prayers to you Kay, Annie & family.

  25. Keith and Jan Theobald

    Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you.

  26. Paul Gaines & Cari Kern

    Kay and Annie, We give you our deepest condolences. We pray for you both and the entire family during this difficult time. May you find peace and comfort in the Lord.

  27. Rick Johnson and family

    Kay; sorry to hear about Jeff. He will be missed very much. I really enjoyed Jeff. Our deepest condolences.
    Rick, Colleen, Kory, Randy.

  28. Mark Kelly, Cathe Cheesebrow and John Kelly

    Kay and family, We are sorry to hear of the loss of Jeff. Know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

  29. Casey Dull

    Kay and family,
    We are very sorry to hear about Jeff. Our thoughts are with you all at this time.
    Greg, Cheryl, and Casey Dull
    “Wild Thing!” Pulling Team

  30. Jim and Teresa Vejrosta

    Kay and Annie and Jeff’s family, you have our sympathy and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time and in the days and weeks to come.

  31. Dan and Michelle Brzozowski

    We are sorry to for your loss! You and your family are in our prayers during this tough time.

    Dan and Michelle (Technical Difficultease Pulling Team)

  32. Brett and Brenda Schuenke

    Kay –
    Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your daughter. We were so saddened to hear about Jeff. Brett has many fond memories going back to when both he and Jeff first started truck pulling when they were both mere teenagers. The time has flown by, but we’d like to think that it was all of life’s enjoyments that made it fly by so quickly, leaving us with so many warm and wonderful memories. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and we wish you the best always.
    Brett and Brenda Schuenke
    Pass ‘n Time Motorsports

  33. Daryl Mador

    My condolences go out to Kay, and your family on the loss of Jeff. I’ve enjoyed watching you two pull since I was young, then I joined you guys in the SSFWD class. It was a pleasure to know Jeff and compete with. stay strong in these hard times.

  34. Marlene Marsolek

    My thoughts n prayers are with U Kay & Annie and the rest of the family n friends. I did not know Jeff or any of the family. But talking to Doug Haines I feel like I’ve known U all.Jeff is no longer in pain n is in Gods hands now. Heaven is all happiness. I’ve done alot of reading about death as I lost my 27 year old Son a year ago in May to a heart attack. May U get through this with the help of all the lives that u’ve touched along the way. Jeff will b missed by those that loved him. God Bless

  35. Bill and Janell Trebesch

    Words can”t describethe loss. Jeff has been a major influence in Kipps life, and so many others. The awesome thing is you and jeff enjoyed doing things togetthere Love is there GOD BLESS

  36. Gary Mieseler  & Paula Forner Coop Engine & Machin

    Kay and Family
    Our hearts go out to you. This is a very sad time for all who knew Jeff. His short time earth kind of makes us sit back and think about how we take our time on earth for granted. Hopefully this will make us slow down and enjoy life a little more. Coop is there for you any time you need help.

  37. Russell Bode

    Kay and Annie,
    May God be with you , my thoughts and prayers
    Are with you . Hold on tight to the great memories. Will miss watching him at the pulls.

  38. tracy waters

    thoughts and prays to out to the family and friends of jeff. God Bless.

  39. Al Brady, Cindy, Stephani & Bryson

    Kay & Annie, We were so sorry to hear about Jeff. The last time I saw him was the day I brought Butch for his treatment. I could not believe I was seeing you there for Jeff. He was a great guy to chat with. He was always on the go, busy with work or working on the tractor or pickup getting ready for the next pull, but he always seemed to have time for anyone. And the smile when we’d asked about you and little Annie! Jeff will never be forgotten as long as we keep his memories alive..Take care & God bless you Kay & Annie

  40. Brad Thompson/Mike Johnson Bit of Magic 3 Pulling

    Kay,Annie With Our deepest sympathy
    Jeff will be missed, You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  41. Dean and Beth Holicky

    Kay and Annie,
    Our thoughts and prays go out to you and the rest of the family. Jeff was a great man and will be greatly missed.

  42. Randy,Julie,Andrew.Braxton Guenigsman

    A great man was taken from us. Jeff touched many lives with his kindness and will never be forgotten. I will see you again some day/ keep the motor running
    Take care

  43. LaVerne and Nancy Haines

    We are truly sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. What a great friend he was to our son, Doug. We wish you, Kim and your family the very best. He will be missed by many!

  44. Jeff and Karen Rivers  family , Wild Rose, WI

    We are very saddened to here about Jeff. Although we can not be there to say our “See you laters” in person, we want you to know we feel so very fortunate to have known Jeff and to have spent time with your family. We enjoy every Truck Pull with ATERSHOCK knowing there is a part of Jeff with us. Jeff wrote the words “Life is Short, Play Hard” on the tailgate of AFTERSHOCK. Its a great reminder of how precious our time here really is!
    Kay, All our prayers go out to you and Annie. Jeff will always be with you and Annie, in your hearts. God Bless!

  45. doug pomije

    thinking of you and the family
    thoughts and prayers to all

  46. Troy & Kris Schulte

    Kay & Annie, Troy and our family would like to send you strength and our prayers for now and the future! We are sorry for your loss!

  47. Denise Hertzog

    Kay and Annie,
    I am so sincerely sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers for your comfort today and future days. God bless you both, with my deepest sympathy,

    Denise Hertzog

  48. Ron Rolf

    I am living in Indianapolis now and just seen the news about Jeff in the Winsted Journal. I was shocked and very saddened to read about his passing. He was a great mechanic and an all around great guy. He will be deeply missed.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Ron Rolf

  49. Kendall &Jean Picha

    Our thoughts are with you.

  50. Tim Huttner

    When I received the news, there was a moment of pause in an already chaotic day. I realized my pause was for a man who was such a progressive thinker, he approached problems with eyes open! I will always respect Jeff for such a quality.

  51. Sherri (Salmela / Wendorff) Giese

    Hi Kay,
    Long time no see my dear friend. I was just in Winsted today and saw Jeff’s (Cowie, is how I remember him)headstone. I was stunned and had to stop. All my memories of you came rushing back and all the love you two shared. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Take care!


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