Rory “Dude” Gaunt, 69, of Bluffton, peacefully passed away at 1:15 a.m. on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at his beloved homestead surrounded by the abundant love of his family. He died following a short but very brave battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was the firstborn of the children born to Mary and Jim Gaunt of Bluffton. He was born March 28, 1949, in Bluffton.

He was a 1967 graduate of Bluffton High School.

Survivors include two sisters, Cynthia McMillan of Van Buren and Di Meriweather of Ossian; a brother, Kim Gaunt of Decatur; his daughters, Nicole Gaunt of Fort Wayne, Brittany Gaunt of Bluffton, Ashley Gaunt of Bluffton, and Katie (Alex) Hohe of Markle; and eight grandchildren, Desireé, Trae’l, Skyler, Hunter, Brody, Hadley, Rheson, and Ryken.

He spent 40 years of his life with his loving wife, Robin Gaunt. She also survives.

His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy and his love for sports and for the outdoors and his knack for fixing things will live on through them. He was a fan of Notre Dame, the New York Yankees, and the Green Bay Packers.

As he would always sing to his girls, “I love you a bushel and a peck, a bush and a peck and a hug around the neck. A hug around the neck and a twinkle in my eye — ’cause I’m a lucky guy.”

A celebration of his life will be held at his homestead Oct. 20, 2018.