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Mark Gunstenson

August 16, 1969 - July 24, 2020

Memorial Service - Thursday

July 30, 2020
- 2:00 PM with a visitation one hour prior

Boulger Funeral Home

The service will be livestreamed at the bottom of this page starting at 1:45 PM

Burial - Friday

July 31, 2020
- 10:00 AM at the Fargo National Veterans Cemetery


Boulger Funeral Home

Mark Gunstenson

August 16, 1969 - July 24, 2020


Mark T. Gunstenson, 50, of Dilworth, MN passed away peacefully at Sanford Medical Center surrounded by his family on Friday, July 24, 2020.

Mark was born on August 16, 1969 in Minneapolis, MN to Kathleen (Cox) and Thomas Gunstenson. He grew up and attended school in Moorhead graduating in 1987. After High School he joined the United States Army and became a Chinese Linguist stationed in Honolulu, HI.

Mark was currently employed at Runnings in Moorhead where he enjoyed his co-workers and his job very much.

In his spare time over the years he was a trivia whiz known to many as Milo. He even appeared on the game show, The Weakest Link. His favorite past time was looking for and trying new pizza places, he loved pizza!

Mark is survived by his parents; Kathy and Roger Beardsley, Thomas (Woody) and Rose Gunstenson; Brother, Jason and his children, Tara and Megan; Sister, Kristen (Shane) Haphey and their children, Sterling and Kacy and the love of his life, Deena Osland and her sons, Derek (Melissa), Jordan (Hannah) and Brayden.

The streaming will start at 1:45 PM.


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52 responses to “Mark Gunstenson”

  1. Connie Jarrett says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  2. Dick Anderson says:

    My deepest condolences.

  3. Dave Robin Bauer says:

    Tom / Rose & family – we are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Kenny & Mary Lowden says:

    Kathy & Roger ~~ Jason, Kristi and families…
    So sorry to hear about Mark’s death…
    We will be thinking of all of you this week and in the coming weeks…
    Our sincerest sympathies are with all of you…
    Take Care…

  5. Tim & Kim says:

    Woody & Rose,

    We are so sorry to hear about Mark. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Tim & Kim Schwartzenberger

  6. DIANNE TUFTE says:

    My thoughts are with you Rose and Tom. It’s always hard to lose a child no matter what age. Mark was lucky to have you for support. Christy and Jason my thoughts are with you too. Prayer

  7. Frank Podoll says:

    Woody, Rose & Family,
    So sorry to hear about Mark. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Take Care.
    Frank & Ruth Podoll

  8. Lorne & Gwen Beerling says:

    Woody & Rose & family, we are so sorry for your loss.

  9. Teri ( Cox) Tupa says:

    You will be missed little cousin!

  10. Layton Wahl says:

    Our sincere sympathies 🙏 Gods blessings. Layton and Brenda

  11. Bette Jo Dahl says:

    Mark was certainly one of a kind! I have such fond memories of all of us getting together at holidays and as grownups getting together when ever we could. Your wit will be missed but always remembered. Love you, Bette Jo

  12. Tara Lemieux says:

    My heart is broken, but similarly I feel blessed to have known Mark’s energy in this life. He was everything all at once, and lifted so many hearts along the way. My memories are of Mark in Hawaii, our late night shifts in that dank underground icebox were became something to look forward to – simply because you knew Mark would be there to make you smile and think and question it all (always in a good way). He was a best friend and big brother, a minder of souls and keeper of secrets. He knew every good spot on the island, and there was always a story to share. I’ll miss you Mark…

  13. Wade Jenstead says:

    Sending my warmest thoughts and best wishes to the entire family and Deena and her sons. I have many great memories of Mark even though it’s been many years. Sending distant hugs to Kathy, Roger, Woody, Rose, Jason, and Kris.

  14. Lynn Larson says:

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Lynn,Glenn & Lisa Larson

  15. Cindy Vandruff says:

    Dear family – with a heavy heart we are with you in spirit and wish all of you comfort at this difficult time. Sending love and light your way. Mark was an amazing man who will truly be missed.

  16. Rachel Knudson says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Woody and Rose, Kathy and Roger, and the Haphey family. Take care!

  17. Brian Ask says:

    I wonder if the Big Guy will let Markie bring us the Winter and Summer Solstice each season? That would be a perfect job for him in heaven.

  18. Diane Osland says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of Mark. I never had the pleasure of meeting Makr but knowing how much he meant to you tells me what a wonderful man he was. God bless.

  19. Sheri Backman says:

    Very sorry for your loss , thinking of you all.

  20. Linda Kress says:

    Love and prayers for you all.

  21. Rick & Judy Haphey says:

    Words can not express our sympathy for your loss. Our prayers are with you.
    Rick & Judy Haphey

  22. Deb Miller says:

    Deena, many prayers and sympathy to you and Marks family!

  23. Tori Toutges says:

    Sending the family love and prayers. Sorry to hear about the loss of Mark. He was a kind soul, and his smile was always so inviting!

  24. Autumn Triebenbach says:

    There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when the night is dark. They light the way for humankind.

    Hannah Senesh, 1921–1944

  25. Vance & Marcia says:

    Woody and Rose – We are so sorry for your loss.

  26. Jim Sells says:

    Hate to hear this. I was lucky to meet him in Monterey and then run into him later in Hawaii.

  27. Julie Field says:

    Deena, I am so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you, your family and Mark’s family!!!
    In Loving Thoughts, Julie Field

  28. Shane Koenig says:

    Mark was always funny and a super nice person. I’m truly sorry to hear about this and i will pray for your family and his children. I am truly sorry to hear of his passing.

  29. Sandy Otteson says:

    I don’t even have words, Mark will be missed deeply and remembered so lovingly and fondly. I think everyone who knew Mark will have memories of him to make them smile. Rest well my dear friend.

  30. Justin Pettis says:

    Mark you were such an intelligent and unique soul. Sending my heartfelt and deep condolences to your family and friends.

  31. Stan Sample says:

    Mark was a valuable member of our team here at Runnings and he will truly be missed by all. Our condolences to his family during this difficult time.

  32. Shannon Zentz says:

    Until Valhalla, Brother in Arms!

  33. Dan & Lynn Retzlaff says:

    Wishing Mark’s family and friends, many happy remembrances. When the shock wears off, and time passes, the memories of Mark, Milo, or Gunny (whatever name you remember him by) will be peppered with laughter, smiles, many good times, and great conversations. You will be missed by many. May the sun be forever on your face and the wind at your back. SKOL brother!

  34. Mary Colleen Nagle/Fossen says:

    So very sorry you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  35. Heath Michael Hanson says:

    Rest In Peace Gunny. 🙏

  36. Scott & Tara Nielsen says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  37. Scott and Jane Morgan says:

    Tom and Rose, So sorry to hear of your son’s passing…
    Thoughts and Prayers

  38. Lori Hopewell says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  39. Shelley Olson says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  40. Lisa Horner says:

    Dear Deena, Kristen, and the Gunstenson/Osland family: we were so saddened to hear about Mark’s passing. I was fortunate to spend time with him in STEP classes in grade school and many theatre productions in high school. Connected again later in life via class reunions and Facebook, I realized that Mark was a light in so many people’s lives. He (and his joyous smile) will be missed so very much, especially during each solstice and equinox. I’m praying that you’ll each have peace and sweet memories. Love from Lisa (Ellingson) & Darin Horner

  41. Teri Larson says:

    What a lovely service. So sorry to Mark’s family. He will be missed. Deena my thoughts are with you

  42. Carlos Silva says:

    We love you Mark! You were truly one of a kind and I will miss your smile buddy.

  43. Lisha Denis says:

    I would like to offer my deepest sympathy and condolences. My thoughts are with Mark’s family and friends.

  44. Teresa J Somers says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Mark. My sincere condolences are sent to you. Prayers for peace. Sincerely, Teresa (Langeberg) Somers

  45. Rob Underhill says:

    To all who love Mark. It was a pleasure to know Mark during his later Army days. His humor, intelligence, and sometimes boisterous love of life enriched my life for the few years I knew him and I will carry happy memories of the time our paths overlapped forward into my life. Be well.

  46. Paul Nicholson says:

    Oh, Mark… So many of your Army family are with you in spirit today. Your world was so big! But it’s just a little smaller today. We love you.

  47. Del Schmidt says:

    Woody and Rose. To extend sincere sympathy and let you know that others are thinking of you now.

    So very sorry for your loss.

  48. Hanson Heath M. says:

    Kathy and Woody. It was a real pleasure growing up with Mark. We at times were best friends and other times not so much but we always respected each other. I watched online and wanted to express my dearest sympathies.
    Heath Michael Hanson.

  49. Mike Tanji says:

    Mark was a great guy who will be sorely missed.

  50. Del Schmidt says:

    Woody and Rose So sorry to hear about your loss

  51. Billy & Terri says:

    Gunny, the thought of your love for pizza still makes me smile. You are forever part of our fondest memories when we were all Soldiers Once and young. Godspeed Brother.

  52. Jordan osland says:

    Mark, you are so missed. More than you could’ve imagined. Our hearts were broken, and the scar will ever be existent. Our Need to move on curtains the gap you’ve left, but you will never be replaced or forgotten. Your memory and legacy will forever remain in our hearts. Thank you for completing our family in your unique way, and for continuing to watch over our mom. Your honorary step-sons are forever thankful you walked into our mothers life, loved and supported her with all your being, and have committed to the role of her personal angel. Continue to rest easy, neighbor. Jan, 2021.

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