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Guner Eruren

Guner Eruren

Guner Eruren, age 85, passed away on June 19, 2017.

He was born February 20, 1932 to Halide Belkis and Refik Eruren in Ankara, Turkey. He had an exciting and versatile youth, including stints in the Army, law school and medical school before traveling to the United States in 1957 to complete his Bachelors Degree in Engineering.

It was in Columbia, MO, where Guner was attending the University of Missouri, that he met the love of his life, Carol Mann Gannaway Eruren. They married in 1961 and for more than 51 years shared a life of travel and adventure. They lived in Jefferson City, MO and Seattle, WA before moving back to Little Rock, Carols hometown.

It was in Little Rock that Guner settled into his career, joining Cromwell Architects Engineers in 1972. He was head of the structural engineering department from 1980 until his retirement in 1995. His work leading that department was one of his proudest accomplishments and he was involved in working on hundreds of buildings around the United States and world. Some of the major projects he was involved on in Little Rock include: the Capitol Hotel renovations, Heifer International, CALS Main Branch, Pulaski County Jail, ANG Helicopter Hanger at Camp Robinson, Museum Center, Victory Building and the Stephens Spine Center at UAMS.

Guner returned to Cromwell part time after retirement under the agreement that he wouldn't head up any projects or be held to any deadlines. The younger engineers that he worked with called working with him "Guner's Boot Camp," since he drilled them with questions on all of their calculations and decisions, which made them better engineers. He worked until 2007.

In addition to his career, Guner cared deeply about his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of more than 51 years, Carol Mann, in 2013, as well as his "adopted brother" Steve Lehotzky. He is survived by his son, Jon Eruren (Heather) of Little Rock; daughter, Karen Erren (Eduardo Marin) of Palm Beach, FL; granddaughters, Briana Eruren of Fayetteville, Paige Pirtle of Little Rock and Megan Pirtle of New York.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Ruebel Funeral Home Chapel in Little Rock, with a reception following at 4:30 p.m. at Guner's home. Arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home.

Condolence Book

"Thinking of you- my deepest condolences. "
Hilda Booth | Little Rock, AR | vhrbooth3@gmail.com

"For 9.5 years you were more than just a boss to me. Thank you for teaching me about structural steel detailing. I use to tease you about hiring me because your daughter and I share the same birthday. She became a teenager & I turned 21 the year you hired me, I use to tell you that we both gave you gray hair. Thanks for the wonderful beginning and all the memories. You were truly remarkable. "
Peggy (Pennock) Butler | Idabel, OK | ppbutler@gcccomputers.com

"Karen, sympathies to you and your family on the passing of your father Guner. "
Adrian Marin & family | Buenos Aires, Argentina | adrymarin@gmail.com

"I'm so sorry for your loss. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.
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Anne Wells | Sheridan, AR | ahwells@windstream.net

"Dear Eruren Family,
I am truly sorry for your loss. Güner Abi will be missed and he will never be forgotten, may his soul rest in peace and our deepest condolences ....

(Onur / Petra / Atilla / Omur / Orkun / Fafa ) from istanbul, TURKEY "

Onur Erardag | İstanbul , TURKEY | Oerardag@gmail.com

"I am sorry to hear about the passing of a pretty awesome guy from all the posts that I have seen so far on FB. As a HS classmate to Karen whom I value as a friend, I see the impact that Guner Eruren has had on all of you. I hope as the grief fades, the memory will be replaced with happy thoughts of the good times and the lessons he shared to be a better person "
Abraham Borum III | Alexandria, VA | marineborum@hotmail.com

"I loved working with him. I learned so much during my time at Cromwell even thought I worked in Mechanical. He was always fun to be around and so willing to teach. God Bless you and your family Guner. "
Gina Hudkins | Hope, AR | gina.hudkins@gmail.com

"To my dear friend Karen, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. You, Paige, Megan, and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am sending you love and a big hug from California."
Ann-Margaret Tejeda | | tejeda@ureach.com

"Karen and Jon - sending you lots of love and prayers!! Your dad had a great laugh and smile!!
Thinking of you and your families!!!

love to you all - Laura"

Laura (Rasco) Reeves | Little Rock, AR | lreeveslcsw@gmail.com

"Jon: As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. "
Denise Chiavuzzi | Punta Gorda , FL | dc.chiavuzzi@gmail.com

"A great man, We truly loved him, he was family to us"
Monique Bowen Tyhurst and Marie Bowen | Perryville , AR | mtmtyhurst@gmail.com

"Guner and his best friend (and honorary brother) Steve Lehoczky were the core of a remarkable group of friends that we had the privilege to become part of beginning back in the 1980's. What a great group of people. Guner and Steve, although both born in other countries, became great Americans, and although they had vastly different political persuasions (to say the least!), developed a bond that trancended all of their differences and was remarkable to experience. Susan and I will never forget them. As Guner often said, "Where's the palinka?" Serefe and Egeszsegedre to all."
John and Susan Choinski | Greenbrier, AR | john.choinski@gmail.com

"'Thinking of you all and holding you in my heart.
Karmen"

Karmen Hopkins | Little Rock, AR | karmenh2@comcast.net

"Dear Karen and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers."

Carolyn and Jim Manning | Little Rock, AR |

"We were privileged to be part of the occasional "Friday Night Club" with Guner and Steve. Guner always made us feel welcome in his home and he and Steve were the most unique of souls. Guner will be sorely missed. Our condolences to all of Guner's friends and family. "
Scott and Franca Choinski | Leicester, MA | schoinski@mac.com

"Dear Karen, Jon and Family,
Guner was a special friend for close to forty years. He and my husband Steve, were like brothers. We got together with friends Friday at 5pm for Happy Hour and then went out to dinner. After we lost Steve, Guner continued to have a toast to him each Friday night.
I hope they are together celebrating once again!
We always knew we could count on each other for all the trials life might bring.
I will miss you my friend.
Serefe!!
With Love,
Carol"

carol lehoczky | little rock, AR | nagyleho@gmail.com

"Karen, Jon, and family,
Jerry and I are sorry to hear of Guner's death. We send you sincere sympathy and hope for comfort and peace for you as you grieve. His light went out, but the memories of his life and legacy live on.
Love,
Selma
"

Selma Blackburn | Little Rock, AR | sfblackburn@me.com

"Jon and Karen sorry to hear about your father. Please know that you all and your loved ones are in my prayers."
Randy Tuohey | Benton, AR | rantuoh@yahoo.com

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