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In Memory of

William H. Wunder

December 2, 1929 - August 10, 2017

Obituary


Dr. William Harrison "Bill" Wunder, beloved and admired by his family, friends and colleagues, passed away on August 10, 2017 at age 87. Dr. Wunder was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lydia, along with his brothers Harry, John and Eugene, and his daughter, Cara. He is survived by the love of his life, Dorothy, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage, as well as his brother, Richard and his wife Cheryl. He is also survived by his children and their spouses, son Dale and wife Monica; son Brian and wife Victoria;...

Dr. William Harrison "Bill" Wunder, beloved and admired by his family, friends and colleagues, passed away on August 10, 2017 at age 87. Dr. Wunder was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lydia, along with his brothers Harry, John and Eugene, and his daughter, Cara. He is survived by the love of his life, Dorothy, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage, as well as his brother, Richard and his wife Cheryl. He is also survived by his children and their spouses, son Dale and wife Monica; son Brian and wife Victoria; daughter Cheryl and husband Jeffrey; and grandchildren Blake (and Courtney), Michele, Matthew Alan (and Paige), Matthew, Stephen, Isabella, Claire, David and Daniel, as well as many nephews and nieces.

Dr. Wunder was born on December 2, 1929, on the family farm near Rush Center, Kansas. After graduating from LaCrosse High School, he attended Kansas Wesleyan briefly before moving to Kansas State Teachers College, and graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business in 1952. Upon graduation, he worked for several companies in Kansas before receiving his commission in the U.S. Army in 1959, following seven years in the U.S. Army Reserves.

A Vietnam War Veteran, Dr. Wunder retired in the grade of Colonel after serving nearly 23 years in the U.S. Regular Army. Duty assignments included 3 years in Germany, 3 years in Italy, 1 year in Vietnam, and assignments at Headquarters, Department of Army and later, the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also served on the faculty of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. While in the military, he also attained his Master of Science degree in Management from University of Arizona, and following his military service he attained his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education from Kansas State University.

As a young boy, Dr. Wunder loved to read the Bible and enjoyed Sunday school, and what he learned early in life was reflected at all times in how he lived and how he approached the next chapter in this wonderful life. Committed to developing others and serving those in need, Dr. Wunder spent the next 30 years or so in higher education and in multiple leadership roles with Lions Clubs International.

Dr. Wunder was a Professor of Business and Chair of the Division of Business, Technology and Leadership within the Graduate School of Friends University, and was a Director of both the Executive MBA and MBA Programs for Friends during his tenure there. He was also a former president of Marymount College of Kansas.

Simultaneous to his work in higher education, Dr. Wunder worked tirelessly for Lions Clubs International starting at the local club level and ultimately being elected as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lions Clubs International for the 1995/1996 business year. During that year he and Dorothy visited 85 countries in all parts of the world and had meetings with a number of Heads of State. During 1996/1997 Dr. Wunder served as Chairman of the Lions Clubs International Foundation. Building on work started with the Peoples Republic of China during his year as President and CEO, Dr. Wunder was able to form a partnership between the Peoples Republic of China and Lions Clubs International Foundation that resulted in 1.75 million cataract surgeries in China. He also worked with former President Jimmy Carter and the Carter Center Foundation to undertake a joint humanitarian service project in Sudan, NE Africa to significantly reduce river blindness in Sudan.

Dr. Wunder was a former chairman of the Kansas Commission for National and Community Service and was involved in several professional organizations and his church. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Emporia State University and the Outstanding Alumni Award from the U.S. Army War College.

Despite the many accomplishments and achievements in his remarkable life, Dr. Wunder remained true to his rural Kansas roots. He had a strong work ethic, was true to his Faith and was selfless in what always seemed like an unlimited capacity to help others. Dr. Wunder was much loved and will be greatly missed by Dorothy, their children and grandchildren, and many other relatives along with countless friends around the world. He lived a full and rich life and has now gone home to be with God where he will continue to be with us in spirit.

A public visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 18, at Resthaven Mortuary.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 842 North Tyler Road. Private burial to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Lions Clubs International Foundation, Kansas Lions Foundation, Ascension Lutheran Church (Music Ministry), or Serenity Hospice.