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

  2. 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…

  3. Woody & Rose,

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

    Tim & Kim Schwartzenberger

  4. 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

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

  6. 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

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

  13. Deena,
    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.

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

  15. 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!

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

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

  24. 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

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

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

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

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

    So very sorry for your loss.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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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