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Clyde Gunsallus, 90

Clyde Gunsallus, age 90, passed away at Amery Regional Medical Center on July 21, after a brief hospital stay.

He was born April 16, 1924, to Paul and Freda Gunsallus in Lake Lynn, Pennsylvania. He joined the U.S. Navy at a young age and served in World War II. He was aboard the escort carrier USS Gambier Bay when it was sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf off the Philippine Islands on Oct. 25, 1944. He was among the 800 survivors who were rescued from the sea after spending over two days in the water. During his recuperation, he met a pretty young WAC named Winifred (Harrington) Gense from Ellsworth, Wis., who was serving her country at the military hospital in Denver. They were married in December 1946, and were married nearly 50 years before Winnie preceded him in death in 1996.

He was also preceded in death by his youngest daughter, Sue Bylander; and two sisters, Lois D'Amore and Shirley Ellett.

In his younger years, Clyde was an avid fisherman and spent many a day fishing on Bass Lake, and other lakes "Up North". He lived in the River Falls area for much of his life. He and Winnie had a small truck garden in the summer and were regular vendors at the RF Farmer's Market for many years. He moved to Clear Lake, Wis., about 15 years ago. He loved to play blackjack and made regular runs to the casino at Turtle Lake to try his luck.

He is survived by his children, Dan (Beth) Gunsallus of Somerset, Wis., Sheryl Brown (Dave Guise) of Hudson, Wis., Shirley Schrantz of River Falls, Wis.; and stepdaughter Linda (Gense) Neuman of Pepin, Wis. Also survived by nine grandchildren, Paul (Amy) Gunsallus, Cathy Gunsallus (Jeff Doonan), Jenny Gunsallus, Jason (Liz) Brown, Nick Brown, Willy (Katie) Schrantz, Jessie Bylander, Andy Bylander and Tony Bylander; twelve great-grandchildren, and a sister, Janet Allen.

Visitation was held from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, with a brief memorial service following the visitation. Private interment at St. Bridget's Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Cashman-Hill Funeral Home.