Richard (Rick) D. Gunderson, age 64, of Loretto, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
He was born April 5, 1955, in Wheaton, MN, the son of Corwin Gunderson and Dorothy (Gunderson) Baumann.
Rick graduated from Campbell-Tintah High School in 1973, and attended North Dakota State School of Science, earning a degree in refrigeration and air conditioning in 1988.
He was joined in marriage with Celene M. (Tracy) July 12, 1986, in Fairmount, ND.
In 1988 Rick moved to Minneapolis to work for Thermodyne. Sept. 17, 1998, he began working at the Blake School in Hopkins, and worked for over 21 years at the Blake School as a heating and cooling engineer, where he was well-respected and loved by his many friends and colleagues.
Rick enjoyed his days by taking care of his dog, Maggie, and spending time with his wife and children. He was fond of taking care of his fish and his garden. Rick loved to keep busy, and spent lots of time working on projects around the house.
Other hobbies he enjoyed were playing poker, completing crosswords, and watching reruns of “Andy Griffith,” “Ancient Aliens,” and “Seinfeld.”
Rick said all he needed to enjoy life was for things to be plain and simple.
Rick is survived by his wife of 33 years, Celene; sons Brock (Sydney) Gunderson, and Brett Gunderson; mother Dorothy (Gunderson) Baumann; siblings Jeanne (Jerry) Leinen, Gary (Jeannie) Gunderson, Don (Jackie) Gunderson, Sherry (Doug) Laddusaw, and Julie (Kenny) Johnson; as well as many loved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Corwin Gunderson; and his step-father, Luther Baumann.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto. Interment was in the church cemetery.
There was visitation Sunday, Jan. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano, with a 3:30 p.m. rosary service, and a 7 p.m. prayer service and time of sharing. Visitation continued Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church, prior to the Mass.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.