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Deputy Sheriff John Kevin Gunsell

Otsego County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, September 12, 2004

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff John Kevin Gunsell

15 Years ago I lived the Longest Hour of my Life. I wish I could take it back, I would have said comforting words, instead of the ones I said. I would have said more, I wouldn’t have cared about being a “Tough Cop” who doesn’t cry. I would of held you tighter Bubba, I wouldn’t have been so scared to touch you, to talk, to cry. I wish I had someone there with me, to hold me, to comfort me, and tell me you were going to be okay.

I wish my department heads would have been there. I wish that bitch hadn’t have been driving drunk that night so I wouldn’t have had to call you in. God knows how much I want to relive that night and bring you back. I wish my department would have gotten me help, not expect me to work that night and week following. I wish people would have seen my pain I carried instead of thinking I was just a drunk! God knew I couldn’t handle much more, but somehow seen me through it. I wish MICOPS and my “Coworkers,” were around then so I didn’t go through this alone, destroying myself inside.

I wish I could bring that last hour you were here back, but I can’t. I know your last couple years here on earth were so hard, we know the answers to the test results, we know you would have suffered more. You aren’t suffering anymore

Retired Deputy Amy Moon
Otsego County Sheriff

September 12, 2019

15 years. That's a long time for you to not be here. It's hard to believe that it has been that long. You are missed by your children.



September 11, 2019

Happy birthday bubba. You are missed.

Kelly Gunsell

December 2, 2018

14 years = 56 kids' birthdays; 14 Christmases; 14 hunting seasons; 4 graduations; 1 wedding; 2 grandchildren; 14 Father's days and 5007 other days that you've missed and we've missed you every one of them. We have amazing kids that you'd be so very proud of and I know they miss you every day.

Kelly Gunsell

September 11, 2018

As always, you're on my mind today as you are many other days. Time keeps passing, life moves on. But I'm always grateful for the life that we briefly had and the gift of four beautiful lives that you shared with me. Thinking of you...

Kelly Gunsell

September 12, 2017

Another year has passed. I've been thinking a lot lately about how things would be different if you were still here. And how much you have missed; twelve kids' birthdays x4, twelve Christmases, twelve father's days, 3 graduations, a wedding, the birth of two beautiful granddaughters, twelve hunting seasons with your boys... the list goes on and on. Every day I realize that I am blessed to still be here for all of these occasions and sad that you're not. Things happen but know that I would wish you back if I could for your kids.

Kelly Gunsell

September 12, 2016

As I sit here and reflect about 9/11 occurring 15 years ago, my mind drifts back to 9/12/04, 12 years ago... I have been going back thru reflections, thru pictures of you, I cry, I smile, then I realize Holy Shit you would be 55, soon to be 56 an "old man" and that makes me laugh

Old Partner

September 12, 2016

Well dad sitting in the blind waiting for deer to walk In it feels like yesterday me and you were in your blind eating swiss cake rolls doing the same thing miss you

Levi Gunsell

November 22, 2015

It's hard to believe in 3 hours and 13 minutes it will be 11 years since that dreadful call, that dreadful ambulance ride, not a day goes by Bubba that I don't think about you! It's really hard because it's the day after 9/11, but time has healed the heartache, I cherish the memories! Until we meet again, GODSPEED!

Deputy Moon
otsego county sheriff

September 12, 2015

10 years... wow. How is that possible? I had a good cry yesterday for the kids and for you. Not sure why things happen the way they do but they do and there's nothing we can do about that. Thank you for helping me create and raise 4 wonderful kids. They miss you and believe it or not, so do I.


Kelly Gunsell

September 13, 2014

Well Bubba if someone would have told me 10 years ago today it would be the last time I would talk to you about Bear Hunting and 9 hours later I would be holding you and telling you everything is going to be okay, I would have called them a liar, but it's true;-( I can't believe I'm saying 10 years already, time sure does fly, but not a day goes by that I don't think of you, I miss you dearly! Your kids are all grown up, I see them here and there, and talk to Butch when I can! We all miss you and love you! Godspeed Brother;-) Mooner

Deputy Amy Moon
Otsego County Sheriff Office

September 11, 2014

9 years have passed and I sit here in this same seat this morning remembering your contagious laugh, your smile, oh yeah and your grumpiness lol and can smile:-) Miss you lots


Deputy Moon
Otsego County Sheriff Office

September 12, 2013

I sit here at work this morning and reflect back 8 years ago, the last time I seen you here, the talk about "Your Bear," the memories are so clear, It seems as though it was yesterday! Hunting season is upon us and I know you will be watching over all us! Love and Miss ya Bubba!


Deputy Moon
Otsego County Sheriff Department

September 12, 2012

Thinking of you this morning @ 1:45 a.m., I can't sleep... This day goes through my mind very vividly & you are in thoughts all day. Rest well my dear friend.

Elyse E. Leach
Former Corrections Officer Otsego County

September 12, 2012

It's that time of year. Hunting is upon us and I know that the cooler weather and the changing leaves bring you to the kids minds more often, especially on September 12th. It doesn't seem possible that it has been 8 years that you have been gone. In some ways it seems so long ago and in others, only the blink of an eye. So much has changed. There are many milestones that you have missed; all due to the carelessness of someone else. Just know that you are always remembered and thought of often.

Kelly Gunsell LaCross

September 11, 2012

Hey, Bubba... Thinking of you everyday when I wake up to Wyatts smiling face... Aka "bubba"... Miss you.. All my love... Double E.

Elyse E. Leach (Meyette)
Former Corrections Officer - Otsego County

September 9, 2012

I know this is a couple days late but I want you to know we are ALWAYS thinking of you! We miss you always and love you very much!

Miss you!

Your Daughter

Karissa Williams

September 14, 2011

Wow. Seven years. It doesn't seem possible. So much has changed and yet, much has stayed the same. Your kids miss you. We talk about you every now and then. I know they think of you all the time. It's hard for them even after all of this time. But, you were doing what you loved. That uniform was permanently attached whether you had it on or not. You know that's what brought us together in the first place, even thought you didn't have the sense to come in out of the rain...

Miss you.


Kelly Gunsell LaCross

September 12, 2011


I sit here at work today thinking of that morning, 6years, and 5 hours ago, time flies by, but not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I try to remember all the good times we had, the laughs, the jokes, hunting. I actually was near camp last weekend, wish we could've enjoyed hunting from there together with the family. Hunting season is upon us again and I know you will be there in spirit as you always are! I miss you until I see you again, take care!! GODSPEED, love Mooner

Deputy Moon
Otsego County Sheriff Department

September 12, 2010

Just thinking of you John...The job never ends, keep watch brother.

Deputy Jason Alexander
Crawford County Sheriffs Office

July 17, 2010

Hey bubba,

I was just talking about you today and wanted you to know.. I think about you from time to time and drive by the place. everything is great here hope all is well with you and heaven. Godbless JOH

Deputy John Klepadlo
Crawford County

May 4, 2010

Hey John,

I was talking about you today with Ashley and showing her your page. Everything here is great. Law Enforcement Misses you and knows you served a great purpose in life. I drive by the sight from time to time and think about you. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace My Bother.

Deputy John Klepadlo

Deputy John klepadlo
Crawford County Sheriff

May 4, 2010

Just thinking of you as Ackerberg reminded me of Jason Elowsky so I thought I would drop by and tell you we all still miss you very much and always will, I see your family from time to time, they all seem to be doing well. everything is well here to as you know. Godspeed Bubba




February 10, 2010

Just driving around thinking about all the good times we had working in Caseville. I know you are watching over all of us keeping us safe. I think of those days often and laughing with you and Jack. Like the time on the beach the poor guy and girl in the car. Does your father know you are with him? John keep us safe.

Chief Dean Coleman
Rose City PD. Friend

November 12, 2009

John, just reviewing the website as I do almost every day. You were the "never forgotten" picture that popped up when I went to the site. You arent forgotten. Over 5 years now. Keep watch on us.

Deputy Jason Alexander
Crawford County

October 31, 2009

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