Chad Jeffrey “The Chad” Gunderson

Memorial services for Chad Jeffrey Gunderson, 47, Lawrence, will be 4 pm, Friday, June 3, 2022, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. A visitation will be from 6-7 pm, Thursday, June 2, 2022.

Chad died May 28, 2022, at his home, following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

The Chad was born on June 12, 1974 in Dodge City, Kansas. He moved to Lawrence in 1979. He attended Broken Arrow, Deerfield, West Jr. High and Lawrence High School. After high school Chad joined the Army National Guard and finished his education with a bachelor’s degree in business from Washburn University in May of 2000. Chad later served with the Airforce Reserves Fire Protection Unit and volunteered in 2008 for a tour in Kuwait.

On May 30, 1998 Chad married Candy Ann Johnson in the South Park gazebo. On November 6th, 2001 their daughter, Payton Brooke Gunderson, joined the couple and made them a family of three. They survive of the home.

2001 was also the year Chad joined the recruiting class for Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical. His 19-year career concluded when he took a medical retirement in January of 2021.

Others survivors include mother Carol Armstrong of Lawrence, mother in law Phuong Johnson of Lawrence, sister Erica Gunderson of San Antonio, brother Michael Gunderson of Chicago, in law’s Jeff & Holly Johnson of Olathe, Jimmy & Diana Johnson of Lawrence. Nieces and Nephews: Kaleb Martin of San Antonio, Kate Martin of Austin, Caden, Conner and Kendall Johnson of Lawrence; Bristol and Elin Johnson of Olathe and Eva Gunderson of Chicago.

The family suggests memorials to Answering the Call at This charitable organization serves first responders and their families.

Following the Services on Friday, the family would like to invite everyone to join them to celebrate The Chad at Johnny’s North Upstairs.

Messages & Condolences

From Gretchen Lister...

Dear Carol, I met Chad (so good lookin) when he and his truck responded to a call I made for help. I saw his name tag after the brief emergency and thought I wonder could this be….so I said I had cool neighbor once whose daughter Erica I baby sat in high school had a boy and named him Chad, before I could finish his face lit up with such love and pride “that’s my mom” ! No doubt that was your baby! Love to you and yours Carol, The Lister family

From Sal...

I will miss your quick wit Chad.

Condolences to all your family.

From Brenda Hopkins...

So sorry for your family’s loss. Prayers

From Rita Beyer...

Carol, I’m giving you a big virtual hug. Holding you close in my thoughts.

From Doug and Sally Burger...

Carol, Doug and I send our sincere condolences at the loss of your son. Chad. I wish there was more we could say or do to lesson your pain during this difficult journey. Our prayers are with you. With love.

From Carol Ware...

Carol, I can’t imagine your sorrow. Chad was such a great boy and man. He will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

From Lexie Engleman...

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Chad and I worked together at station two for several years. He was a great paramedic and firefighter. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

From Leo Souders...

Candy, Payton, Carol and Family,

I send you all my deepest and most sincere condolences. Chad had crossed paths with so many people and made friends with most all of them. He would never turn an eye when it came to help someone in need. That was the gentleman, friend, co-worker and stranger he was.
May GOD Bless you all and may HIS Grace help you turn sadness into fond, and heartfelt memories.

From Gloria Johnson...

My sincere condolences to carol, kaleb and kate

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