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Gunther Green Wallen

January 29, 1940 — June 11, 2024

Mount Pleasant

Gunther Green Wallen

Gunther Greene Wallen “Gump”, 84, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, entered into eternal rest Tuesday, June 11, 2024. A private Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, June 22, 2024. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Gunther was born January 29, 1940 in Palm Beach, Florida. He came to Charleston by way of Greenwich, Connecticut sometime in 1948. He and his brother, the late George Sykes Wallen, and his surviving sister, Anne Adair, were on a plane with their parents, the late Anne Townsend Wallen, and the late George Gunther Wallen when they first came to know Charleston, South Carolina. 

“Sick of the cold”, and “tired of bundling up the kids” George, a pilot (and in the airplane parts and supply business), and Anne, also a pilot, and family lore says, childhood friends of Amelia Ehrhardt, loaded up their single engine plane and started to make their way to a new life in warm, sunny Florida. 

Unexpected storms, as we all know Charleston can be, forced the Wallen family of five to land and begin to explore. Even more unexpectedly was the purchase of what they called a “run down potato farm”, at the very end of the Leadenwah Creek on Wadmalaw Island. 

After many years of work and learning to become farmers, Selkirk Plantation became an amazing backdrop for Gump and his siblings. 

Friendships, farming, quarter horse riding, cattle cutting, endless days on the Leadenwah Creek, and big meals by Anne on her 8 burner, industrial sized, cast iron black gas stove was the way of life for the Wallen family for many years.

After attending boarding school for high school Gunther then graduated from the College of Charleston. 

His initial career life began in financial planning and finance and then transitioned into business investing and development. He was a loving father, grandfather and to many in Charleston, a friend that would do anything to help at anytime. 

He is survived by three sons, George Gunther Wallen of Simpsonville, SC, Nathanael Greene Wallen of Charleston, SC, Michael T. Wallen of Charleston, SC; five grandchildren; life partner, Catherine Gage, of Mount Pleasant, SC; and sister, Annie Adair of Merritt Island, FL.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 1964 Ashley River Rd. Chas., SC 29416, or charity of your choosing. 

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