Allen Lee Gunderson, 1961

ALLEN LEE GUNDERSON of Adams, Minn., died March 22, 2012, at age 76, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Allen Lee Gunderson was born in Albert Lea, Minn., on July 7, 1935, the son of Truman and Gladys (Rasmussen) Gunderson. Upon graduating from Albert Lea High School, Allen farmed with Truman for five years. He married Arvis Lukens on July 7, 1953, in Garner, Iowa. In 1957, the farm was sold, and Allen attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He graduated with honors, in 1961. From 1961to1965, Allen attended Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He worked at KSTP-TV in the evenings while attending classes during the day. He graduated from seminary in May of 1965, and was ordained into the Lutheran ministry on June 20, 1965 at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. He later went on to preach at North LaMoure and Spring Creek parishes in Hastings, N.D. In 1967, he and Arvis moved to LaMoure, N.D., where he served at Zoar and St. Ansgar Lutheran Churches. In 1977, Allen began his ministry at Little Cedar and Marshall Lutheran churches in Adams. He served these parishes for 23 years until his retirement on Jan. 1, 2000. Allen loved camping with Arvis and their many friends. He looked forward to spending each winter in Mesa, Ariz. He was a wonderful photographer, focusing on everything in nature. He loved hunting, watching sports and especially spending time on the family farm south of Albert Lea. More than anything, he loved spending time with his family. Allen was blessed with 13 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Allen is survived by his wife, Arvis, and their six children: LEE GUNDERSON ’76 (Julie) and family of Algona, Iowa; Vicki Kiefer (John) and family of Adams, Minn.; TIM GUNDERSON ’79 (Tristine), and family of Owatonna, Minn.; Janey Gunderson Murphy and family of Houston, Tex.; Pamela Bamrick (Steve) and family of Adams, Minn.; Kristopher Gunderson of Adams, Minn.; brothers and sisters: Irving (Kyoko) Gunderson of Olympia, Wash., Wayne (Shirley) Gunderson of Albert Lea, Minn., Julie Wrolson of Albert Lea, Minn., Paul (Joanne) Gunderson of Elk River, Minn., Sandy and Craig Stevens of Albert Lea, Minn. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services were held at Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams on March 27, 2012. Interment was at Hillcrest Cemetery in Albert Lea.