Merton S. Gunnelson

Merton S. Gunnelson

MADISON/COTTAGE GROVE/Merton S. Gunnelson, age 93, of Sun Prairie, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Willows Nursing and Rehab Center.

He was born on Jan. 1, 1924, in Rio, WI, the son of George and Ellen (Lee) Gunnelson. Merton married Wilma Gannon on Jan.y 28, 1950. After getting married, they moved to Madison where they raised their children, and lived the rest of their days. He graduated from Rio High School. After graduating, he served in the Army during World War II. He was an incredibly hard worker and dedicated his life to many different jobs over the years, most notably working in maintenance for Oscar Mayer, Inc. until his retirement in 1986.

He was a longtime member of the Grieg Club, American Legion Post No. 501, and a lifetime member of VFW Post No. 7591. Merton enjoyed fixing things. He was always tinkering with his lawn mowers or any small engines. He loved bird watching, gardening, fishing, and above all, spending time with his family. He was a wonderful and caring husband, father, and grandfather and will be dearly missed. Merton is survived by daughter, Jean Clavette; son, James (Christine) Gunnelson; grandchildren, Tiffany, Brandon (Vicki), Jenny, Shawn, and Chad; six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his very special friend, Doris Gassen and her family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Wilma Gunnelson; daughter, Nancy Conrad; grandson, Chris Conrad; his brothers and sisters; and son-in-law, Dan Clavette. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 26, 2017. Burial will be held at Highland Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday. A luncheon will follow the burial at the VFW POST No. 7591 at 301 Cottage Grove Rd, Madison. A special thank you to the staff at the Willows Nursing and Rehab Center and Aster Assisted Living for all their compassionate care over the years. Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Care5203 Monona Drive608-221-5420