Dean Gudmundson, age 82 formerly of Ivanhoe & Marshall, passed away Monday, May 10, 2021 at Sanford Tracy Hospital after an extended illness. At Dean’s request, private family services will be held. Interment will be in the Lincoln Icelandic Lutheran Cemetery near Ivanhoe. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dean was born June 16, 1938 in rural Ivanhoe to Oscar and Myrtle Gudmundson, the eighth of 12 children, and grew up on a farm east of town. He graduated in 1956 from Ivanhoe High School and farmed for many years before working a variety of construction and other jobs. He especially enjoyed driving new food trucks for Schwan’s to destinations throughout the United States. Dean had a quick wit and a joyful sense of humor, offering a vast supply of jokes that he told with impeccable timing. He liked nothing better than bantering with anyone in earshot. Dean was an avid collector of unusual artifacts such as brass, kerosene heaters, and walking canes, many of which he fashioned out of wooden pool cues. He delighted in giving them away, especially to people who needed them. Dean also owned two mid-1950s pickups that he kept in superb condition and enjoyed driving in area parades. Dean’s family wishes to extend special thanks to the staffs at Heritage Pointe Senior Living in Marshall and Prairie View Senior Living in Tracy for their wonderful care in recent years.
He is survived by a brother, Gordon (Nancy) of Lynnwood, WA; two sisters, Norma (Richard) Moeller of Redwood Falls and Clarice Mattoon of Lewiston, ID, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Doris Larson, Dorothy Lien, Joan Anderson, and Ardis Berns, and brothers Orvin, Arnie, Willard, and Harvey.