|9/10/2021 10:49:00 AM|
Lowell Melvin “Gundy” Gunderson of Donna, TX (formerly of Shafer, MN) passed away peacefully at his home on August 26, 2021 after suffering a stroke.
Lowell was born to Melvin and Esther (Berger) Gunderson of Almelund, MN on February 26, 1939. He graduated from Taylors Falls High School in 1957. While in high school Lowell hauled milk for Dibble to Rivard’s Creamery, the only creamery that sold Grade A butter but only bought Grade B milk, in the area. After graduating Lowell went to work at Scott Attwater Motors in the Twin Cities where he helped to make outboard motors. He then got the opportunity to work for Jepson Company in Chicago. While working there a coworker (John) introduced him to Mary. They got married, had their first daughter Phyllis, and moved to Des Plaines, Illinois.
In the Fall of 1962 they moved back to the area and Lowell began working for Shafer Construction. Shortly after returning to the area their second daughter Opal Jane was born. Lowell left Shafer Construction and drove semi with Steve Anderson, hauling hanging beef from lowa to California, returning with various freight from California. He then bought his own semi and began hauling beer from Milwaukee with his uncle Clarence Berger and Jim Johnson.
After a couple years Lowell returned to Shafer Construction where he continued to work until he retired.
After retirement Lowell and Mary began spending their winters in Texas. They bought a trailer in a retirement community in Donna, Texas and soon began spending six months at their home in Shafer and six months in Texas.
Lowell was an avid gun collector and enjoyed listening to country music.
Lowell is preceeded in death by his parents, his sister-in-law Wanda (DeWayne) Gunderson, his daughter Phyllis and his wife Mary.
He is survived by his brother DeWayne of Almelund MN, his daughter Opal Jane of Donna, TX, two granddaughters, one grandson, one great-granddaughter, many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held outside, at the Almelund Museum (old Almelund School) on Friday, September 17, 2021 from 1-5 p.m.