John Robert “Gunther” Marnell died at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY on March 10, 2021, after a short but hard-fought battle with AL Amyloidosis at the age of 57.
Born December 29, 1963, in Canton, New York, son of Dennis and Mary Jane (Klock) Marnell. John will be forever remembered by his loving wife and best friend, Stephanie. He is survived by his mother and her partner, William, Ocala Florida, a daughter, Kelsey Marnell, Clayton, NY, a daughter, Katelynn Marnell and her children, Kennedy and Leo, Clayton, NY a step-son, John M. Lutz, Watertown, NY a step-daughter, Collene Doney and her husband, Ryan, and their children, Samuel and Grayden, Victor, NY, a step-son, Matthew Comini, Honolulu, HI, a step-son, Nicholas Comini, Honolulu, HI, his brother James Marnell and wife Jennifer, his sister, Becky Marnell and her fiancé Mike Sipple, Temple, AZ, his sister Christina Marnell and her fiancé Evaristo Arizpe, McAllen, TX and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
John graduated from Indian River High School in 1982. John was a NY State Corrections Officer for 32 years with his last assignment at the Gouverneur Correctional Facility where he retired December 10, 2020. John was a long-time member of the Evans Mills Fire Department and played on the Watertown Red and Black football team. He and his wife Stephanie were married in Evans Mills, New York on their farm on August 10, 2012. John lived his life in Evans Mills, New York where he raised his family and built his pride and joy, The Just Wingin’ It Poultry Farm, with Stephanie. John loved working with his hands and will always be remembered as an avid sportsman who loved the outdoors, camping, NASCAR and dirt motorsport racing, ice fishing, and big game hunting. John’s children remember him as being a hardworking, caring, loving father and grandfather. He was a real people person, could always be counted on to lend a hand, and made any gathering better with his enormous sense of humor and love of life.
A memorial service will be held on the 3rd of April 2021, location TBD based on current COVID restrictions. John’s family would like to thank everyone for their support, for their caring words about Johnny, and for sharing their memories of his impact in their lives.
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