Shirley Elaine (Rantala) Gunnells

Shirley Gunnells Obituary PhotoShirley Elaine (Rantala) Gunnells, 85, of Bolivar, MO, September 10, 1932 - June 25, 2018.

Mrs. Shirley Elaine Gunnels, age 85 of Bolivar, MO, passed away Monday, June 25, 2018, in her home.  She was born September 10, 1932, in Palo, MN, to John and Helen Katarina (Halmetoja) Rantala.  She was united in marriage to Daymon Gunnels September 28, 1953, in California, and to this union four children were born.  She is a member of Grace Fellowship Baptist Church Bolivar, MO.  She worked many years for Teters floral products, and for her daughter at Kathy‚Äôs Pasta.

          She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Daymon Gunnels; her son Gary Gunnels; a great grandson Dustin Osborn; a great great granddaughter Gracie Osborn; two brothers: Robert and Wilbert Rantala; and one sister Elsie Lack.

          She is survived by three daughters: Debbie Hill and husband Don of Beaufort, SC, Sheila Milam and husband Walt of Bolivar, MO, and Kathy Gifford and husband Larry of Bolivar, MO; a daughter in-law Brenda Gunnels of Bolivar, MO; 12 grandchildren: Thomas Hill, Timothy Hill and wife Roxie, Susan Osborn, Robin Leach, Missy Hill, Tony Hill, Joey Milam, Jason Milam and partner Angie Stafford, Bryan Gifford, Karen Dorsey and husband Randy, Gordon Gunnels and wife Pam, and Kevin Gunnels and friend Sara; 17 great grandchildren: Gage, Tristen, Conner, Madison, Shannon and wife Shelley, Quentin, Austin, Brandon, Tosha, Trynadi, Stone, Grace, Larra, Ary, Dylan, Katelyn, and Parker; 5 great great grandchildren: Tristin, Emeliy, Kinsley, Sawyer, and Presleigh; a niece Barbara Tanner; as well as many other relatives and friends.

          Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Pitts Chapel with Pastor David Chapman officiating.  Burial will follow at Mt. Gilead Cemetery Bolivar, MO.  Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 PM Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in the funeral home.  Online condolences may be made at:  Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO.


Published on on June 26, 2018.