Beloved son, brother, uncle, husband, and friend, Ernest Michael Gunderson — Dec. 10, 1953-May 29, 2013 — was a South Minneapolis resident, born in Rochester, Minn., and raised on a dairy farm between east and west Rush Lake. He graduated from Rush City High School (1972) and St. Cloud State Univeristy (1977). Creativity in mechanical design led to a 25-year engineering career at Lowry Computer Products, Fargo Electronics, MCT, and Nortronics Inc. An interest in emotional healing led to a second career in social work, with an MSW from St. Catherine University (2011). A passion for writing and family history resulted in publishing a memoir about his mother’s life.
Ernie’s delight in people and relationships made him a valued friend and member of many communities. He was active in several men’s groups, MN Rovers, and Minneapolis Audubon, where he served as treasurer. Ernie highly valued the Walker Church community’s loving support. He especially loved nature, outdoor recreation, reading to children, and dancing.
Ernie survived Hodgkins lymphoma as a young man and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September 2011. Ernie is preceded in death by siblings Elaine and Kenneth and his mother Mary. He is survived by wife Becky Hanson and stepchildren Robin Garwood and Abbey Hanson; father Gordon; siblings David, Margaret (Mell), Carol (Nelson), Eunice (Collette), Marlon, Milton, Geoffrey, and Paula (Ellison); and 17 well-loved nieces and nephews, whom he took camping, canoeing, and traveling for many years. Celebrate Ernie’s life Friday, June 7 at Hamline United Methodist Church, 1514 Englewood Ave., St. Paul. Visitation: 4 p.m.; service: 5 p.m.; dinner: 6:30 p.m. Memorials preferred to Walker Community United Methodist Church, Minneapolis Audubon Chapter, and Our Lady of Peace Hospice. Our family thanks the hospice for loving care. Private interment at a later date.