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.