Captain Loring W. Guenther died unexpectedly from a heart attack on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at his home in Kasson shortly after returning home from work. Workplace stress was determined to be the major contributing factor in his death. He was 43 years young.
Captain Guenther 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 Captain Guenther started his full-time law enforcement career as a deputy for the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. In 1997, he married his best friend, Debonie Mazzei in Kasson.
Captain Guenther was dearly loved by his wife, family, friends, and co-workers. He 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 Captain Guenther 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.
Captain Guenther's hobbies outside of law enforcement included hunting, fishing, horses, working on cars, camping, and spending quality time with his best friend Debonie.
Captain Guenther 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.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia.
We shall never forget his service and sacrifice to this office.