Glenn Gunderson

Born: Tue., Jan. 24, 1933
Died: Sun., Apr. 9, 2017


9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Tue., Apr. 18, 2017
Location: Glenwood Lutheran Church, Glenwood, MN

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Tue., Apr. 18, 2017
Location: Glenwood Lutheran Church, Glenwood, MN

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Glenn Gunderson, age 84, of Glenwood, MN, died Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Quiet Oaks Hospice in St. Augusta, MN. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, April 18th, at Glenwood Lutheran Church with Rev. Krista Lee officiating. Visitation will be at the church, one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Glenwood Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.

Glenn Arnold Gunderson, the son of Arnold and Emma (Larson) Gunderson was born on the homestead farm in Minnewaska Township, Pope County on January 24, 1933.  He was baptized at Indherred Church on April 13, 1933. He grew up on the farm and attended school in Glenwood.  While growing up, he helped on the family farm and was active in 4H. Glenn graduated from Glenwood High School in 1952.  After graduation Glenn continued to work on the family farm, eventually heading to the Twin Cities to further his education at the University of Minnesota.  In 1959, he graduated with two degrees in Geography and Geology.  Later he attended St. Cloud State University where he earned an Education Degree.  His first job was as a federal government inspector.  He lived in Chicago and traveled across the Midwest making certain that factories were up to par.  After that, he was employed by Mower County in Austin, Minnesota as a social worker and then by Stearns County in St. Cloud, Minnesota for 36 years. 

On August 25, 1968, Glenn was united in marriage to Sylvia Sylvester Bergeson at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd, Minnesota.  Glenn also welcomed Norma, John, Peter and Sara Bergeson into his new life.  The family settled in Sauk Rapids and continued to live in the area until 1998, when Glenn and Sylvia retired to the Gunderson farm on Pelican Lake in Glenwood. 

Glenn was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud for 30 years until he moved back to Glenwood where he and Sylvia became members of Glenwood Lutheran Church.  He was active in the church choir, the Pope County Men’s Chorus, the Glenwood Lions Club (where he served as president), the Solorlag of America and the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. 

He enjoyed reading, music, carpentry, the Minnesota State Fair, book collections, politics, and Gopher football.  Glenn especially loved his family.  He enjoyed family genealogy, hosting family reunions, and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s concerts and athletic events. 

He is survived by his wife and loving companion for over 48 years, Sylvia Mae Gunderson of Glenwood; his daughters, Norma Bergeson of Sauk Rapids and Sara (Michael) Wilson of Surprise, AZ; sons: John (Janet) Bergeson of St. Cloud, Peter Bergeson of Sauk Rapids, and David (Jessica) Gunderson of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren: Lindsay Cajune-Duffy, William Wilson, Stephen Wilson, James Wilson, Siri Bergeson, Courtney Bergeson, Emma Gunderson, Gustav Gunderson and Soren Gunderson; great-grandchildren: Ava Cajune, Iris O’Donnell, Brooke Wilson and Madeline Duffy; and many friends and relatives. 

Glenn is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mary Fuhrman. 

Memorials are preferred to Glenwood Lutheran renovation fund and Indherred Church. 

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Don and Marlene Nelson
   Posted Mon April 10, 2017
We were so sorry to hear about the recent passing of your beloved, Glenn. As we are watching the rain fall in Oregon this morning, we say a prayer for your strength in the coming day. We honor Glenn's memory as he is uplifted into our Lord's hands. Peace be with you and your your family.
Don and Marlene

bob gandrud
   Posted Mon April 10, 2017
May the love of friends give you comfort and the love of Christ give you peace. Blessed by his memory.

Edward & Janet Femrite
   Posted Mon April 10, 2017
So sorry to hear of Glenn's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Ed & Jan

Gloria and Dean Danter
   Posted Mon April 10, 2017
Sylvia and family. Our prayers are with your family. Keep music in your heart at this difficult time. Your friends Gloria and Dean Danter

Helen Stafsholt
   Posted Tue April 11, 2017
Jon and I were so sorry to hear of Glenn's passing. He wrote such good letters to the editor, full of history and facts most of us have forgotten or never knew.
I hope your memories, family and friends give you comfort.

   Posted Tue April 11, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Pete during this difficult time. May the memories with him bring you peace. Thinking of you.

Jack and Donna Maki
   Posted Wed April 12, 2017
We are sorry to hear of Glenn's passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Hugs and love to you,

Jack and Donna (Longaker) Maki

Rebecca Webb
   Posted Thu April 13, 2017
Ya gotta lotta nerve, Glenn. Nevertheless, say "Hi" to Chuck. Sylvia, I love your country home, but if you ever want to spend a stormy night in town, I have a guest room. A blessed Easter to you.

Pastor Eileen Mehl
   Posted Thu April 13, 2017
Dear Sylvia,
Prayers for you and your family. The peace of our Lord be with you now and forever.
Pastor Eileen

Gerry & Lorraine (Heggestad) Drews
   Posted Thu April 13, 2017
We are saddened to learn of Glenn's passing. He was a very special man and he will be missed. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers; our prayer is that the Lord will give you peace and comfort to get through the time ahead.
Gerry & Lorraine

Karen Nelsen-Huss
   Posted Thu April 13, 2017
We are so sad to hear about Glenn's passing.
May God give you and your family peace.

Karen, Steve, Chris & Nate Huss

Bob Hendrickson & Ginny Renslow
   Posted Fri April 14, 2017
Our thoughts & prayers are with your family. I've known Glenn for most of my life. He was a very good man and we will miss his smile & kind way! We have nothing but great memories of Glenn and will keep those memories in our hearts.
Bob & Ginny

Martha Engebretson Thompson
   Posted Fri April 14, 2017
Sylvia, I was so sorry to learn of Glenn's death. My sympathy to you and your family. May God's love and your memories of Glenn give you peace, comfort, and strength.

   Posted Fri April 14, 2017
I'm so sorry for the loss of this dear man. May God grant you peace and
comfort during this time of sorrow. Pray to him for help in coping with
the loss of Glenn. Also, try to recall the warm memories you have of him
so that they also can provide comfort for you at this difficult time.
Matthew 5:4

   Posted Fri April 14, 2017
Please accept my sincere sympathy on the loss of Glenn. Pray to God for
comfort during this sad time. Pour out your heart to God so that he can
soothe your thoughts and feelings of distress.
Psalm 86:17

Susan Jeffrey
   Posted Sun April 16, 2017

Designers Choice was sent by Tim and Sue Jeffrey.

Dear Sylvia and family, You are remembered in our prayers. Glenn will be remembered for all of his years of dedicated service and for his quick witted sayings. With heartfelt rememberance. Tim and Sue Jeffrey

Lois and Chuck Head
   Posted Mon April 17, 2017
Sylvia, John, Janet, and Glenn's family: We send our condolences to each and all of you in remembrance of a man whose letter writing we always looked forward to. We will miss his thoughtful and insightful remarks of wisdom and common sense. Glenn added a dimension to our mental lives that seemed to be absent from the remarks of many other local writers. We will feel the gap on that level just as we are sure that you will feel the gap in your lives on other levels. We hope that you will find comfort in the good memories that you have of Glenn. Our sincere sympathies, Lois and Chuck Head

Chester Rorvig
   Posted Mon April 17, 2017
I am very sorry and sad to learn of the passing of Glenn. I knew him from work at Stearns County and kept in touch with him at our retirement gatherings. He was a very cordial and interesting person with whom to talk. I will miss him. My deep sympathy to all, especially his family.

Jodi Koenes
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
Sara, I'm so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. We miss you and are thinking of you!

jean and jim brumwell
   Posted Fri May 05, 2017
One of the good guys! We will miss his cheerful demeanor and steady disposition. Was a privilege to work with glen

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