March 15, 1933 ~ December 27, 2020

Born in: Nicholas County, KY
Resided in: Glasgow, KY

O. Wayne Gaunce, 87, of Glasgow, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 27, 2020. He was born in Nicholas County, KY on March 15, 1933 to the late Orville Gaunce and Lillie Bowles Gaunce. Mr. Gaunce and his wife Chapatcha, married April 6, 1959. They moved to Glasgow in 1963. Wayne became a well-known entrepreneur in and around the Glasgow, and Cave City area. Mr. Gaunce served his community with pride, as he was an active leader in numerous clubs and serving as Broad of Director on many local banks and organizations. Wayne was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, where he proudly served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher.
Wayne Gaunce achieved many great things in his lifetime, but his goal in life was to give back and make Glasgow, Cave City, and the surrounding areas a better place to live. His words “I Just Want to Make a Difference in Someone’s Life”. Micah 6:8, He has told you, 0 man, what is Good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Survivors include his three children, Patrick Gaunce of Glasgow, KY, Kevin Gaunce (Jennifer) of Paducah, KY, and Paige Benson (Mike) of Dickson, TN; eight grandchildren, whom he adored, Hannah (Nick), Rebecca, Joshua, Caleb, Zach, Taylor, Nate, and Preston and one great-granddaughter Emma. Wayne also leaves his dog, best friend and companion Max.
A private Family Service will be held 1:00pm Saturday, January 2, 2021 with burial to follow at the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family request that a memorial contribution be made to; Boys & Girls Club of Glasgow/Barren County P.O. Box 1935 Glasgow, KY 42141 or to the Charity of your choice.
For those not able to attend, the service will be live streamed at 1:00pm Saturday at www.facebook.com/crowfuneralhome. A. F. Crow & Son Funeral Home is both honored and privileged to be entrusted in the care of Mr. Gaunce. Please share your condolences with the family at www.crowfuneralhome.com.

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  1. My deepest sympathy to the family. Mr. Gaunce was one of the finest men I’ve ever known. He was the example of what a Christian business person should be. It was an honor to know him.

  2. I along with many others have lost a very dear friend. But I know he is loving being with the Lord Jesus and Baker with Pat. Love to all the family and prayers through these days. Ernie & Martha Wagoner

  3. Bettie and I share our Condolences to each of Wayne’s family. He was such a great Christian friend to us.
    So much can be said of Wayne. We remember when he and Pat’s lives were committed to Jesus when Bailey Smith preached a powerful Message where they both made decisions. Never to be the same. Hallelujah!

  4. Wayne was my first employer at Jerrys in Glasgow he instilled in me the work ethic that I try to explenify today Wayne and pat were not only my friends but mentors over the years they were there all my life and I truly love them both words can’t express what a godly family and may God hold them close and be with Patrick Paige and Kevin and families Mary and Marshall Wagoner

  5. Wayne was my first employer at Jerrys and those years he and Pat taught me the work ethic that I try to explenify in my life even today. He was not only my boss they were my friends over the years and I loved them both you knew you were in the presence of God in the way they lived their lives and helped us all strive to be like them . We lost an angel on earth my thoughts and prayers are with Patrick Paige and Kevin and families and thanks to all of you for sharing Wayne and pat with us Mary and Marshall Wagoner

  6. Our deepest sympathy to the Gaunce family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. It is hard to express the love and respect we have for Wayne. It was our privilege to have known him, worked for him and along side him for 35 years. He inspired greatness in all who knew him and never met a stranger. He has touched so many lives in his lifetime and his legacy will be carried on for many years to come. We shall meet again in heaven. We love you.

  7. We are so proud to call you our friend. We will miss your sweet smile and funny humor, but now you’re at peace forever with our Heavenly Father and loved ones. You have made such an impact on others with your love and kindness.

  8. Wayne Gaunce truly made a difference in a lot of people’s lives here in Cave City and Glasgow. We all knew him as a kind and generous man. Our community has lost a man of his character that is a rare jewel. May his family be comforted by all your wonderful memories and from the comfort of God and His people 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

  9. Such a loss to our community. “Well done good and faithful servant”. (Matthew 25:23)

    Prayers for your family.❤️

  10. To the Gaunce family your loss is a loss to the community as well. Mr Gaunce definitely made a difference for the betterment of Glasgow and Barren County. He was a Godly man that was well respected. May God bless you in the days ahead. Prayers to you.

  11. Bill & Joy Courter
    Wayne was a true inspiration to all of us of the household of faith. Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

  12. Gaunce Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Wayne was a wonderful person and did so much for our community. He will be missed. We will keep everyone in our prayers.

    Barry and Faye Landrum

  13. We didn’t know Mr Gaunce until a few years ago but saw each other at WKU games and the Sweet Sixteen basketball tournament and we soon became friends. He was certainly a nice fellow who did a lot of positive things in his life.
    We will miss seeing him.
    Now he and Wes Strader can watch together again.

  14. Greg Davis, I worked for Wayne for 8 years although we worked hard we had a lot of fun. He made a difference in many peoples lives, I will miss him.

  15. Patrick, Paige, and Kevin,
    We are very sorry for your loss. Your dad was a pillar in this community and will be missed by so many. What great parents you all had…the blessings of that will live in all of you. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love and hugs to you all,
    Francine and David McCracken

  16. Your Dad touched so many hearts and lives, and although it’s hard to imagine the world without him, it’s easy to imagine heaven rejoicing because he is there. Your Dad was one of the greatest men we have ever known. So very sorry for your loss….he did touch so many lives! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
    Bobby and Wilma Bunnell

  17. Praying for you all, as you adjust to the loss of your Dad.
    We all have special memories of his laugh, & his care of our daughter when she was little, growing up alongside his granddaughters Hannah and Rebecca.
    He is missed!
    Beth Schmidt for all the family.

  18. Wayne was an amazing man . Such a great leader and had such a heart for the less fortunate. He made a huge impact in his life for God ! I’m grateful to known him . Sure love Patrick , Paige and all the Guance family .
    Praying for you today ,
    God bless
    Eric and Mendy Anderson
    Mission 615

  19. Doug had the highest respect for Wayne, as did I. They were good friends and he will surely be missed throughout the community in so many ways. My deepest sympathy to the entire family.

    Maude Isenberg

  20. Remember taking care of Mr Gaunce at TJ Hospital in the past. Very respectful and kind. He would give the Nurses free fish coupons. So sorry

  21. My deepest sympathies Patrick and all the Gaunce family. I just picked up the newspaper and found the obituary and I’m so shocked and saddened. Wayne was such a special man to so many people but he had a little piece of my heart. He was a great friend to a young banker many years ago and I will never forget his smile, his laugh, and his many words of wisdom to a young lady who quickly learned to respect him very much. I pulled out his book just this week and was planning to bring it to a ballgame for him to sign. Autograph or not, I will always treasure it and the many memories. I know he is celebrating with Pat and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ but my heart breaks a little today.

  22. Wayne was a man with vision and wisdom. He shared his thoughts often as he mentored many. Heaven has big plans for Wayne. He’s fulfilling those now. I believe he and Pat are looking down and feeling how proud they are to have raised a great family and had some many close friends. You are already missed my friend. Cecil

  23. Patrick, I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was such a wonderful man. I’m sure Pat welcomed him to heaven with open arms.

  24. To the Gaunce Family,
    Pat and I just heard of the passing of your father. We are so saddened to hear that terrible news. Your Father and Mother are some of the finest people we have ever had the honor of knowing & sharing company with. I kept in touch with Wayne and in fact I spoke with him at Thanksgiving or just after. He was a wonderful man and I have missed him tremendously since our KY Lake days. When we talked, we would reminice about the days at the lake. Also, we just viewed the video that was posted. What a wonderful and loving family!!!!

    May your father & mother be resting in peace with the Lord.

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