Byron S. Gunderson

Born: Sun., Apr. 5, 1925
Died: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 20, 2017
Location: Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home - Glenwood Chapel

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Jan. 21, 2017
Location: First Baptist Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 21, 2017
Location: First Baptist Church

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Byron S. Gunderson, age 91 of Glenwood, died Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21st at First Baptist Church in Glenwood with Pastor Andy Lewis officiating.  Visitation will be Friday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m. at the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.  Visitation will also continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in the spring in Solem Lutheran Cemetery in Kensington.  Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.

Byron Stanley Gunderson, the son of John and Lizzie (Foslien) Gunderson was born April 5, 1925 in Moe Township, rural Brandon, Minnesota.  He grew up on a farm near Kensington and was a member of Solem Lutheran Church.  He attended school in Kensington and graduated from Kensington High School in 1943.  After high school, Byron entered the United States Navy.  He served his country as a Seabee and was honorably discharged in 1946.

Byron was united in marriage to Marilyn Ogren in 1947.  The couple made their home on a farm north of Kensington and had two children, Jon and Mary Beth.  Byron and Marilyn continued to live on their farm until 1975. They shared 29 years of marriage before Marilyn passed away in 1976.

On March 10, 1979, Byron was united in marriage to Ruth (Perkins) Doughty in Glenwood.  The couple made their home in Glenwood and were members of the First Baptist Church. They shared 37 years of marriage.

After Byron retired from farming he was employed at a blacktop plant near Alexandria for a few years before starting work at Cenex driving bulk fuel deliveries.  He continued to work for Cenex for the next 20 years. Byron was a member of the Runestone Telephone Board, the Kensington School board for 13 years, clerk for Solem Township, and treasurer for First Baptist Church for over 20 years.  He enjoyed playing baseball, deer hunting, fishing, golfing, helping Bob on the farm, and watching sports.  He was affectionately called Johann by many of his friends. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Byron passed away January 18, 2017 at the Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood.

Byron is survived by his wife, Ruth Gunderson of Glenwood; son; Jon (Teresa) Gunderson of Dalton, MN; Ruth’s children: Randy Doughty of Plainview, MN, Craig Doughty of Tower, MN, David (Wendy) Doughty of Boseman, MT, Laura (Tom) Hainlen of North Oaks, MN, LuAnne (Paul) Strand of Glenwood, and Bobbi (Kevin) Holtberg of Waconia, MN; foster son, Leighton (Shari) Johnsrud of Foley, MN; brother, Marvin (Bergetta) Gunderson of Winona, MN; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Donna Gunderson of Alexandria; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Mary Beth Gunderson in childhood; his first wife, Marilyn Gunderson; brother, Harvey Gunderson and granddaughter, Leah Christine.


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Lane Kalina
   Posted Thu January 19, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear of Byron's passing. He was a great guy, and I enjoyed working with him for many years at Cenex in Alexandria. He was one of the kindest people that I ever knew, and would help anyone if he could. My prayers are with his family.

Kim Perkins-Fenske
   Posted Thu January 19, 2017
Love you all! I will miss Johan and his smile so much!

Berna Klinefelter
   Posted Fri January 20, 2017
Heaven gained a great man yesterday, praying for Ruth and the rest of the family wish i could be there.

Bonnie Ranum
   Posted Fri January 20, 2017
The loss of a Good Man is always sad, even more so in this day and age. They seem to be harder to find all the time. We celebrate his wonderful life with you and mourn his passing with you.
In Christ,
Bruce, Bonnie and Craig Ranum

Lynda Grant
   Posted Fri January 20, 2017
Please accept our sympathy Ruth, we did get to know Byron a little before we moved away.

Dona (Femrite) Grundseth
   Posted Sat January 21, 2017
Ruth. I was so hopping it would be a sunny bright day! I wish I could be with u! I was hopping to support u like u did me years ago. If u need anything please let me know!

Gloria and Dean Danter
   Posted Sun January 22, 2017
Ruth - We extend our sympathy to your family. Gloria Danter

Marlys Jensen
   Posted Mon January 23, 2017
Ruth and family, My condolences to all of you. As a member of Solem Church, I grew up knowing and admiring Byron. A contribution will be given in Byron's name to the Solem Cemetery.

Cheryl D.
   Posted Fri January 27, 2017
I am sorry for your loss. God can comfort the family and help you heal at this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)
"God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress." - Psalm 46:1.

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