Tony Gunderson, 70, once of Mabel

Tony L. Gunderson, 70, of Florence, Ariz., formerly of Mabel, died Monday, July 1, 2019, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester. 

He was born Aug. 28, 1948, in Spring Grove to Jerome and Maxine (Wright) Gunderson. He graduated from Mabel High School in 1966. From 1966 to 1972 he served in the Army National Guard and trained in heavy equipment mechanics.

On May 1, 1971, he married Myrna Yotter in Lake City, Minn. They made their home in Mabel raising three children, Jenny, Ian and Cory.

Mr. Gunderson worked as a sprinkler fitter, then as an insurance agent with his parents in Mabel and for a short time in Rochester. He worked at the Jennings State Bank in Spring Grove until 1989 when he returned to sprinkler fitting, retiring in 2004. In retirement he worked part-time driving the residents at Green Lea Manor Nursing Home. In 2011, he and his wife moved to Florence and return to Minnesota for the summers.

He was very community oriented and loved to offer his time, energy and resources to multiple organizations over his lifetime. He was an active member of the American Legion Post 299 in Mabel and held positions on the local, county and district levels. He also became a member of American Legion Post 97 of San Tan Valley after moving to Florence. He was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church, had been a member of the Jaycees and was a Scout Master for Troop 68 in Mabel. Tony enjoyed working on projects including home remodeling, tinkering on cars, boating, fishing and woodworking, volunteering at the church and food bank, and talking with people. 

Tony is survived by his wife, Myrna of Florence; children, Jenny (Grant) Paedon of San Jose, Calif., Ian (Teoby) of San Tan Valley, Ariz., and Cory (Rose) of Safford, Ariz.; grandchildren, Gunnar, Giselle, Grace, Gleanby, Brisenia, Cristobal and Eric; great-grandchildren, Haby, Glean Harvey, Nicolyas and Sebastian; siblings, Gary (Cheryl) of Canton, James (Sheree) of Stewartville, Jean (Terry) Ingvalson of Mabel and Jerry Wayne (Sonya) of Decorah; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, July 6, at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel with the Rev. Elliott Malm officiating. Burial with military honors was held on Friday, July 5, at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston.

Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel assisted the family with arrangements.