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Gary L. Danielson, 53

Gary L. Danielson, age 53, of Delano, passed away peacefully Friday Nov. 5, 2010, of pancreatic cancer, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born March 30, 1957, in Minneapolis, the son of Marvin and Beatrice (Opitz) Danielson.

Gary married Linda Kusha Oct. 29, 1977, at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church in Delano.

Gary owned his own construction business for many years.

He loved to go to his cabin in Annandale to spend time with his family and friends. Gary was an avid hunter, enjoying the outdoors whenever he had the chance. He also enjoyed restoring his ‘66 Mustang and ‘51 Ford pickup truck.

A loving husband, dad and grandpa, Gary loved to have family and friends around him, and it brought him much joy. He had a huge heart, giving of himself to whoever needed help.

He was preceded in death by two infant granddaughters, Faith and Hope Danielson; his father, Marvin Danielson; and a brother, Kevin Danielson.

Gary is survived by his loving family: wife Linda; sons and daughters-in-law Shawn and Rebecca Danielson, and Kevin and Megan Danielson, all of Delano; daughter Katie Lea Danielson and special friend Travis Miller of Sartell; grandchildren Norah and Ruby Lee Danielson, and Grace, Kellen Gary and Kade Danielson; and mother Beatrice Danielson of Waconia.

He is further survived by sisters and brothers-in-law Janice Taylor of Chanhassen, Marla and Rick Reichow of New Prague, and Rita and Bob Lund of Delano; father-in-law Gene (Myra) Kusha of Delano; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Tammie and Rick Trevena of Eden Prairie, Kim and Chris Capaul of Mayer, Pam Gannis of Golden Valley, and Terry Knop of Cottage Grove; godchildren Rachel Wagner, Leah Weyandt, and Tanner Trevena; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church in Delano with Father Thomas Balluff as celebrant of the Mass. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Monday, Nov. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m., and continued Tuesday for one hour prior to the Mass, all at the church.

Casket bearers were Scott Koehnen, Clyde Wachman, John Motzko, Kary Butcher, Glenn Pilarski, Dan Scherer, Jeff Grossinger, and John Sandquist.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. www.johnsonfh.com.