Gary Lee Edlund, age 61, of Dassel, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, at the Hutchinson Community Hospital.
He was born Feb. 3, 1947, in Litchfield, the son of Lowell and Dorothy (Stangland) Edlund. Gary grew up in the Dassel area, where he was baptized and later confirmed at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel.
Gary graduated from Dassel High School in 1965, and from Augsburg College in 1972.
He was united in marriage to Nancy Haarstad Nov. 21, 1970, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel. They made their home in Davenport, Iowa for 12 years, before moving to Dassel in 1985.
Gary worked for John Deere Harvester Plant in Moline, Ill. He then worked as an insurance agent for Farm Bureau in Litchfield until 1995, when he went to work for Faust Insurance Agency in Cokato.
Gary had many talents which he shared with the community including singing, fellowship, and trumpet playing. He was a member of the Litchfield Male Chorus, and sang with the male chorus at the Covenant church.
In 2002, he became a member of a German singing group, the Concord Singers, and performed throughout the country with them. Gary also directed the Scottish Rite Male Chorus in Moline, Ill. while living in Davenport. He was a Mason and a Shriner.
He loved animals and was a hobby farmer. As a grandfather, Gary shared his love for horses by taking his grandchildren on horse rides whenever they came to visit. He enjoyed being a father and grandfather, and instilled in his children and grandchildren a love for reading.
Gary was an active member of the Evangelical Covenant Church, and served as a chairman of both the Moline and Dassel Covenant churches.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Edlund of Dassel; daughters Gretchen (Jeffrey) White of Woodbury, Kimberly (Eric) Poulin of Mora, Melody (Stephen) Hendricks of Orange, Calif., and Joanna Edlund of Woodbury; seven grandchildren, Kate Radzwill, Leah Poulin, Rockford White, John Poulin, Luke Hendricks, Ruth Poulin, and Suzanne White; and a sister, Landa (Brad) Miller of Richfield.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral service was Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, followed by interment at the Dassel Cemetery.
A visitation took place Tuesday evening, Feb. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued Wednesday, one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.