Loren Gunderson, 89

obit-Gunderson-LLoren Gunderson, a resident of Upsala, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 27, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Upsala with the Rev. Trisha Jorgenson officiating. Burial will be in the Elmdale Lutheran Cemetery in Elmdale.
Loren was born July 4, 1923, in Swan River Township to the late Knute and Minnie (Nelson) Gunderson. He was raised on the family farm north of Elmdale and attended District 25 Country School, north of Elmdale and then the Little Falls High School until 10th grade. Loren drove truck for Elmdale Shipping Association and also worked for Consolidated Breeders. In 1950, he purchased a farm halfway between Upsala and Elmdale. Loren was united in marriage to Helen Johnson January 25, 1951, in Minneapolis. The couple dairy farmed and raised pigs until his retirement in 1989. Helen passed away Sept. 3, 1990, and Loren married Delores Knoll, July 11, 1992. The couple moved into Upsala and he continued to help out on the family farm by driving tractor and giving “advice.” He was a volunteer driver for Morrison County Social Services for 20 years. Delores passed away July 3, 2001. Loren enjoyed going to town for coffee, attending auctions, going to Bowlus for a “Loren” burger, and sitting outside the shop on his special tractor seat watching the activity on the farm. He took great pride in his grandchildren whom he loved very much.
Loren is survived by his children, Ruthie Frie and husband Elmer of Upsala; Lee and wife Cheryl of Dawson; Keith (Charlie) and wife Beth; David and wife Patricia, Alan (Fred) and wife Tina, all of Upsala and sister, Ardis Borgstrom of Little Falls; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Loren was preceded in death by parents, Knute and Minnie (Nelson) Gunderson; wives, Helen and Delores; daughter, Lois Gunderson; brothers, Glen and Wesley Gunderson; and sisters, Shirley Lautt and Carol Hewitt.
The family of Loren Gunderson greatly appreciates your expressions of sympathy during this difficult time. Thank you for your kindness. No thank you cards will be sent.
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