Russ Gunther KT

Russ Gunther KT

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Russ J. Gunther KT
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Categories: Phoenix, Arizona | Tempe, Arizona | Buffalo Grove, Illinois | Bregenz, Austria | Ames, Iowa | Olympic Games (1988) | Delta Chi Fraternity | Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity | Iowa State University | Boy Scouts | Exploring, BSA | LGBT | Outstanding Young Men of America (Award) | President's Volunteer Service Award | Supreme Military Britannic Holy Order of the Knights Templar (United States) | Arizona Project | Magna Carta Project | European Aristocrats Project | German Roots Project | German Roots | Volga German Project | 1776 Project | United States Cemeteries Project | Arizona Cemeteries Project | Profile Improvement Project | Ambassadors Project | En | De-2.

Russ Gunther KT has German Roots.
This user is a native speaker of English.
Dieser Benutzer hat fortgeschrittene Deutschkenntnisse.



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Project Coordinator:
Volga German Project, Arizona Project, Arizona Cemeteries Project, & Kansas Project

Russ Gunther KT is participating with Southwest Sunshiners as Team Captain during the 2018 Clean-a-Thon.
Russ Gunther KT participated with Southern Super Sweepers during the 2017 Source-a-Thon, adding some sources to profiles.
Russ Gunther KT participated with Southern Super Sweepers during the 2017 Clean-a-Thon.

Southwest_Sunshiners Team Captain for annual Spring Clean-a-Thon & Fall Source-a-Thon weekends.

Knight, Cross of Honor
Executive Officer (XO), Captain, former Adj Executive Officer,
Supreme Military Britannic Holy Order of the Knights Templar of the United States ☩+++ nnDnn +++

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Parishioner at St Mary's Roman Catholic Basilica, parish served by the Franciscan Friars (of the Province of Santa Barbara), Phoenix, Arizona

Baptism: Our Lady of Peace Church, Santa Clara, California, December 3
First Communion: Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Buffalo Grove, Illinois,
Confirmation: Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Buffalo Grove, Illinois, November 6


Officer; Bank of America Merrill Lynch - Global Treasury (2007-2015)
Community Volunteers officer, vice president, & Phoenix campus lead
Pride Employee Network community outreach chair
Military Support Affinity Group member

Arizona Diamondbacks FoundationScottsdale Arabian Horse Show benefiting valley charities ✯ Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL & SPCA)St. Mary's Food Bank Allianceone•n•ten YouthAunt Rita's Foundation/Phoenix AIDS Walk & RunValley of the Sun United WayPhoenix ZooUMOM New Day CentersSalvation ArmyFeed My Starving ChildrenArizona Coyotes FoundationToys for TotsChildren 1st Academies (formerly Pappas Schools) ✯ Habitat for HumanitySt. Vincent de PaulProject C.U.R.E.Bank of America Charitable Foundation's Financial Literacy Advocacy Group (FLAG)

Founding chapter "A" (president) of the Arizona Valley Alumni Chapter, Delta Chi Fraternity (currently "B", vice president), former colony & chapter "BB" (advisor) of the Northwestern Chapter at Northwestern University, and former colony "BB" (advisor) of the Arizona State Chapter at Arizona State University

Member of the Delta Chi International Fraternity, Iowa State Chapter, former chapter president "A" and secretary "C". former "BB" (advisor) of the Northwestern Colony/Chapter and Arizona State Colony, and former Region V vice regent. Founding chapter president of the Arizona Valley Alumni Chapter.

Member of the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, Delta Omega Chapter at Iowa State University, former chapter president and chaplain.

2012 Global Diversity & Inclusion Award presented by Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan.

The President's Volunteer Service Award, presented by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, administered by Points of Light, letter from the President of the United States

Former lifeguard & SKIPPERS swim instructor for YMCA


Joyce Kilmer School, Buffalo Grove, IL: K-2nd
Louisa May Alcott School, Buffalo Grove, IL: 3rd-6th
James Fenimore Cooper Jr. High School, Buffalo Grove, IL: 7th-8th
Buffalo Grove High School, Buffalo Grove, IL: 9th-12th

Attended Iowa State University.
Lived in Bregenz, Austria and traveled throughout western Europe during study abroad with Murray State University.
field of study: Business Management program for BBA, German Minor

Collegiate Activities and Societies:
Delta Chi International Fraternity (president, secretary) • Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity (president, chaplain) • Government of the Student Body (Director of Human Relations) • Student Health Advisory Committee (chairman, treasurer) • All-University Health Committee (student representative) • American Production & Inventory Control Society - APICS (student chapter founder) • American College Health Assoc. (regional representative) • Pre-Medical Club (vice president)

Regional Explorer Representative, North Central Region of Boy Scouts of America, member of National Explorer Cabinet, and voting youth representative on the North Central Region Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors. (Program now known as "Exploring"

United States Delegate to the Summer Olympic Games of the XXIVth Olympiad OYC, Seoul, Korea for the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Iowa Straw Poll Caucus secretary & Republican Central Committee Member, Story County, Iowa
State of Iowa Republican Caucus delegate
State of Arizona delegate alternate to the Republican National Convention 2004 New York, NY

Outstanding Young Men of America award (OYMA).


  • First-hand information. Entered by Russell Gunther

Notable Grandparents: (under construction)

Philippe (Philip III) "The Hardi, the Bold, King of France (-) ~22nd great-grandfather
Saint Louis, King Louis IX of France (1214-1270) ~23rd great-grandfather
Robert de Vere, 3rd Earl of Oxford, one of the 25 surety barons for the Magna Carta (1164-1221)
Saher de Quincy, 1st Earl of Winchester & one of the 25 surety barons for the Magna Carta, great-grandfather (c1155-1219) ~ 23rd great-grandfather
Sir John de Neville KG, 3rd Lord Neville of Raby & Knight of the Garter (c1340-1388) ~18th great-grandfather
John Clavering FitzRobert, Lord of Warkworth Castle, Northumberland & one of the 25 surety barons for the Magna Carta (1191-1241) ~23rd great-grandfather

family origins (under construction)

Höchst, Hanau, Hessen - Dechant (b 1730)
Wehrheim, Hessen - Leiker (orig. Leicker) (b 1687)
Orth Mayetz, Saarland - Wasinger (b 1704)
Saargemund [Lothringen now Sarreguemines France]
Eichenbühl, Archbishopric of Mainz [modern day Bayern] - Joseph (b ca.1750) & Anna Maria (Sommer) Liepfried, settled Wittman colony in Russia.
Mühlbach / Bruchmühlbach, Kreis Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz - Günther
Kindsbach, Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz - Günther
Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz - Wiederrecht
Tankardstown, County Meath, Ireland - Luttrell (b ca.1650)

Notable Cousins: (under construction)

George Washington - 13th cousin, 6 times removed
John Adams - 17th cousin, 5 times removed
Thomas Jefferson - 12th cousin, 7 times removed
James Madison - 14th cousin, 7 times removed
James Monroe - 19th cousin, 4 times removed
John Quincy Adams - 13th cousin, 6 times removed
William Henry Harrison - 13th cousin, 6 times removed
John Tyler - 14th cousin, 5 times removed
James K. Polk - 14th cousin, 4 times removed
Zachary Taylor - 15th cousin, 4 times removed
Millard Fillmore -16th cousin, 3 times removed
Franklin Pierce - 15th cousin, 3 times removed
James Buchanan - 15th cousin, 7 times removed
Abraham Lincoln - 14th cousin, 3 times removed
Andrew Johnson - 19th cousin, once removed
Ulysses S. Grant - 13th cousin, 6 times removed
Rutherford B. Hayes - 18th cousin, twice removed
James A. Garfield - 15th cousin, 3 times removed
Chester A. Arthur -13th cousin, 4 times removed
Grover Cleveland - 16th cousin, 3 times removed
Benjamin Harrison - 15th cousin, 4 times removed
Theodore Roosevelt - 17th cousin, twice removed
William H. Taft - 17th cousin, twice removed
Warren G. Harding - 17th cousin, once removed
Calvin Coolidge - 18th cousin, once removed
Herbert Hoover - 18th cousin, once removed
Franklin Delano Roosevelt - 14th cousin, 4 times removed
Harry S. Truman - 18th cousin, once removed
John F. Kennedy - 20th cousin, once removed
Lyndon B. Johnson - 19th cousin, once removed
Richard M. Nixon - 18th cousin, once removed
Gerald R. Ford - 17th cousin, once removed
Jimmy Carter - 17th cousin, twice removed
Ronald W. Reagan - 18th cousin
George H.W. Bush - 19th cousin
William J. Clinton - 24th cousin
George W. Bush - 19th cousin, once removed

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of Windsor, Queen of all the Commonwealth Realms - 15th cousin, once removed
Sir Edward Coke MP SL PC (1552 - 1634) Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench - 15th cousin, 11x removed
Winston Churchill KG OM CH - 14th cousin, twice removed
Napoléon Bonaparte I, Emperor of France - 17th cousin, 9 times removed

US Senator Rand Paul MD - 24th cousin, once removed

John Wayne - 26th cousin
Elvis Presley - 19th cousin
Anne Hathaway - 20th cousin, twice removed
Amelia Earhart - 21st cousin, 3x removed
"Mark Twain" Samuel L. Clemens - 17th cousin, once removed
Louisa May Alcott - 14th cousin, twice removed

Family Tree Timeline:

WikiTree friends & family:

Gene Baker Dechant cousin, USAF veteran
Kathy Baker Dechant cousin
Lisa (Dechant) Yancey Dechant cousin
Debbie Lein Dechant cousin
Glee Van Osdol-Krapf cousin (Luttrell family)
Dame Bonni Bluh KT
Dame Nancy Major KT
Barry Fleig Chicago & Cook County cemetery historian
Warren Canady KT US Navy veteran
Jen Smith
James Stratman - 25th cousin & California Cemeteries Project coord?, researched Knights Templar Grand Masters
Julie Mangano Volga German descendant
Kirsty Ward - Gedcom files transfer pro

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2 of my 5th great-grandfathers fought in the Revolutionary War: William Dye (1747-1833) of the 6th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line & Halifax Militia of Virginia, and Nathan Luttrell (1747-1840) of the Virginia Militia -- both were at the Battle of Yorktown under General George Washington.
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Coordinator of the Arizona history, cemeteries, and veterans recognition projects
Arizona Cemeteries Project (& Arizona Veterans Recognition) coordinator
For cousin descendants of our Volga German Dechant family, join our Facebook group:
Project: German_Roots Half of my maternal side are Volga Germans (Germans from Russia) emigrated from Germany to Russia in 1760's and then in the 1870's to Kansas, and half of my paternal side emigrated directly from Germany to Chicago in the mid/late 1800's
Homestead and railroad land settlers of Kansas and Colorado
I have family who pioneered from Virginia into Kentucky & Tennessee after the American Revolutionary War, as well as immigrant pioneer Germans from Russia who settled central western Kansas in the 1870's
My 23rd great-grandfather Robert de Vere (1164-1221), 3rd Earl of Oxford, was one of the 25 surety barons for the Magna Carta, so I have Gateway Ancestors who need to be proven.
I'm certified to edit & assist with profiles born before 1500
Project: Profile Improvement
Several early family members emigrated from UK (England, Ireland, & Scotland)
My great-great-great-grandfather William Paskel Hendrick (1832-1896) of the 13th Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry (Company G) served in the US Civil War fighting for the Union.
Coordinator of the Arizona, Kansas, and Iowa history projects.
Project: Volga_German A few of my families (Dechant, Wasinger, Leiker) emigrated from several Volga German colonies in Russia (Wiesenseite villages) Obermonjou, Schönchen, Graf, Schaffhausen, Rohleder, & Wittmann (eventually settling in Ellis County, Kansas)
Great opportunity to interact with fellow active WikiTreers
Hays City, Kansas was a rough town of buffalo hunters and soldiers of Fort Hays, and is the location of "Boot Hill" cemetery of 79 outlaws. Locals included "special marshal" and later sheriff "Wild Bill" Hickok, "Buffalo Bill" Cody, General George Custer & wife Elizabeth Bacon Custer, and "Calamity Jane" Canary. Elsewhere in Kansas were lawmen "Bat" Masterson & brothers Jim Masterson & Ed Masterson, Wyatt Earp & James Earp

DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Russ by comparing test results with other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Russ:

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On 31 Jul 2018 at 15:40 GMT Sarah Mason wrote:


I sent you an email concerning Volga German research advice. I'm posting comment here so you know to look for it (darn spam filters) thank you, Sarah

On 24 May 2018 at 14:12 GMT Noah Doolan wrote:

Hello Russ,

I am just wondering how you get the little flag on your profile that says: Russ Gunther has German ancestry. I see things on a lot of peoples profiles, but I just haven't figured out how to add things like that. Can you please explain? Thank you, -Noah

On 24 Mar 2018 at 08:28 GMT James Stratman wrote:

Hi Russ.

I hope you are doing well. I noticed where you mentioned we are 25th cousins. LOL. Actually I have my doubts about the accuracy of that line (Warner-Sotherton). I really wish it were true though. It would open up a very historical genealogy trail. I need to see more evidence. Kind regards, James

On 10 Jan 2018 at 20:29 GMT James Stratman wrote:

Hi Russ, thank you for your kind words and the Community Star. That was very thoughtful of you, and I appreciate your recognition.


On 31 Oct 2017 at 17:41 GMT Russ Gunther KT wrote:

You are now a member of the WikiTree community, and can add family profiles. Signing the Honor Code will allow you to edit most of our open profiles.

Start with the New Member How-To pages - they are really useful as you add profiles and learn your way around:

Take your time, and let me know if you need any help using the site. I'm always happy to answer questions.

I hope you will enjoy WikiTree as much as Russ and I do.

On 30 Oct 2017 at 13:10 GMT Debi (McGee) Hoag wrote:

Hi Russ,

I've dropped a message about how to find and sign the Honor Code in the Public Comments on both Barry and Bonni's profiles. Bonni hadn't received the new member How To pages either so I added a PS with that information.

Since both of their accounts were confirmed by you before they Volunteered, they are out of the loop as far as the follow up messages usually posted by the Greeters Project. The only way people are in included in our on-boarding process is for them to volunteer prior to being confirmed.

If you expect to be confirming more members in the future, would you consider joining the Greeters Project and learning the complete on-boarding process. We could train you and then let your status be reserve standby.


On 3 Oct 2017 at 23:47 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:

Russ, Thank you for helping take Southern Super Sweepers to 10th place & making WikiTree's 2017 Source-a-Thon a great success. This was a community event at its best. Thanks so much for your contributions and your notifications about prizes! Dorothy and Mary, Team Leaders!!

On 8 Jul 2017 at 02:10 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:

Hi Russ

I'd like to invite you to join in the "Weekend Chat" on G2G Today!

Share personal successes, stories about ancestors, tips, projects you are working on, or anything else you wish.

New members stop in and say Hello, introduce yourself, share your story, or ask for help.

Pilots, Mentors, and Leaders of all kinds please add something... your advice is always greatly appreciated.

Current Weekend Chat link is:

The current Weekend Chat is active until Monday July 10, 2017 (Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Catch up on what everyone is up to and say hi. IT'S NEVER TOO LATE!

See you there! Dorothy

On 15 May 2017 at 21:37 GMT David Wilson wrote:

Greetings Russ,

If you have time, please request TL on Douglas Milton Willson b. 1917 ND. BTW: I see we are 8th cousins...



On 8 May 2017 at 21:13 GMT Paula J wrote:

For your contributions to the Military and War project and for helping members on G2G, you deserve a Generous Genealogist badge!

Thanks so much for your help today!

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Queen Victoria Russ is 29 degrees from Rosa Parks, 25 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 23 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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