|Lloyd L. Gunderson Obituary - Northfield News, July 7, 2010
Lloyd Gunderson died at his home outside of Northfield, Minnesota on Sunday, July 4th at 8:45 PM due to complications arising from cancer of the esophagus. Lloyd Laverne Gunderson was born to Alfred Martin and Esther (Swaim) Gunderson on August 24, 1931 in Pleasantville, Wisconsin. In 1953 Lloyd graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield with an undergraduate degree in history, from Luther Seminary in Minneapolis with a Bachelors of Theology in 1957, with a Masters of Arts in Classics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1959, in 1966 from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a Doctor of Philosophy in Ancient History and elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1987.
As part of his theological training Mr. Gunderson served congregations in Ballard, Washington and Brooklyn, New York. It was while in Brooklyn that Lloyd met Connie Hintz from Mott, North Dakota. Connie and Lloyd were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mott on Saturday, August 30th, 1958. After serving congregations in Black Earth and Cambridge, Wisconsin, the couple moved to Moorhead, Minnesota where Lloyd taught at Concordia from 1961 to 1966. The Gundersons moved to Northfield in 1967 where Dr. Gunderson taught in the Classics department at St. Olaf until 1994. Generations of students honed their skills in ancient Greek, particularly the New Testament, under Professor Gunderson’s challenging and engaging teaching style.
Lloyd grew up in the car business serving many roles in his father’s Chevrolet dealership in Pleasantville. During his college years, Lloyd sold many fellow students their first automobiles. He owned his own dealership in Southeastern Minnesota for many years and as General Manager at family Chevrolet and Infiniti dealerships in Los Angles.
Later in life, Lloyd was known for his garden. Heirloom tomatoes, raspberries, blueberries, vegetables and herbs grew prolifically in his backyard boxed plots.
Lloyd was especially proud of the 3 sons he and Connie raised and for providing for their and Connie’s every need. As the family pastor, he officiated at many family functions, weddings and funerals. His grace, tolerance, good nature and intelligence will be missed by all that knew him even for a brief time.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Connie; 3 sons: Karl and wife Joleen of West Fargo, North Dakota, Konrad and wife Rachel of St. Joseph, Missouri, Martin of Monrovia, California; 6 grandchildren: Marc, Melissa, Katelyn, Lauren, Erik and Daniel; his sister, Avis (Bob) Richmond of Minneapolis; 3 brothers: Lester of Osseo, Wisconsin, Arthur of Pleasantville, Raymond (Debbie) of Maple Grove; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law Ansley, his parents, and his sister Perline.
Services will be 2PM Friday, July 9, 2010, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield with Revs. Todd Nichol and John E. Quam officiating. Music will be provided by organist Daniel Fenn and soloist Donna May. Bible passages will be read by nephew Scott Gunderson, niece Pamela Schorsch, and grandchildren Marc and Lauren Gunderson. Interment will be in St. John’s Columbarium. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Memorials are preferred to St. Olaf College, St. John’s Lutheran Church or the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.