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Richard L. Van Gundy

February 1, 1949 May 5, 2008
Richard L. Van Gundy
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Richard “Dick” LaVerne Van Gundy passed away at Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN, May 5, 2008, following open heart surgery. He was 59 years old. Richard was born February 1, 1949, in St. Paul, MN, the son of LaVerne H. Van Gundy and Iona (Jensen) Van Gundy. He was baptized and confirmed at the Milltown Lutheran Church. He attended Milltown School and graduated from Unity High School in 1967. During his high school years, he was very active in sports, especially wrestling and gymnastics. He helped on the family farm until graduation. Dick married Charlaine “Cheri” Rusk and they moved to Coon Rapids, MN, where he became employed at the Land O Lakes Research Farm. Later they moved to Luck and he worked at the Arrow Building Center in Milltown. In 1973 he became self-employed in general contracting. He was a Jack-of-all-trades in carpentry, electrical, plumbing and mechanics. He built and worked on many of the buildings in the area. For several years, his son, Rick, worked with him on the construction team. Dick continued in this line of work until November 22, 2006, when he was severely injured in an automobile accident. Many surgeries and hospital confinements followed until his death. Dick was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed fishing and made several fishing trips to Canada with family and friends. He liked to hunt, watch and study birds and do gardening. For many years he belonged to horseshoe and pool teams. Special times were spent with Cheri, the children and grandchildren. He valued his friends and was a friend to everyone. Dick was preceded in death by his grandparents, Abraham and Ethel Van Gundy, Louis and Stella Jensen; father, LaVerne Van Gundy; and brothers, Duane and Donald. He is survived by Cheri, his loving wife of 41 years; daughter, Paula Tonnar and companion Ronn Voss; son, Rick (wife Cara) Van Gundy; grandchildren, Harley, Tanis and Isabelle Van Gundy; brother, Darrel – Seattle, WA; sister, Kimberly Chinander – St. Paul, MN; mother, Iona Van Gundy – Luck, WI; mother-in-law, Dorothy Rusk Larsen – Centuria, WI; Godchildren, Dottie Kruse, Anissa Hanson, Timothy Rusk, Melissa Seeger, Kristy Shafer and Jennifer Eithun; many other relatives, nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services were held at the Milltown Lutheran Church on May 13, 2008, with Pastor Danny Wheeler officiating. Music was provided by Mike and Cheryl Peper. Organist was Cheryl Peper. Honorary pallbearers were Timothy Rusk, Jason Kruse, Thomas Rusk, Travis Hansen, Anthony Rusk and Donald Van Gundy, Jr. Burial was in the Milltown Cemetery. Rowe Funeral Home of Luck, WI, assisted the family with arrangements.

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