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Wayne Gudmunson

Wayne Marvin Gudmunson, 82, of New Rockford, ND, passed away on January 30, 2019, at Golden Acres Manor in Carrington, ND. 

Wayne was born to Gerhard and Clara (Hildre) Gudmunson at Aurora, IL on January 3, 1937.  They moved to Watford City, ND, where he was educated and helped his dad on the family ranch.  He also worked on ranches in eastern Montana.  In 1963, he moved to Seattle, WA, and married Margaret (Peggy) Olson of Sheyenne, ND.  While there, he worked at Seattle Quilt Mfg, Co., where they made comfy coats and sleeping bags.  After their daughter, Judy Lee was born in 1965, they moved back to ND.  They worked at Harrington Bros. Ranch at Upham, ND, caring for over 200 head of cattle, often having to use his veterinarian skills.  He also worked at Goheen’s Charlois Ranch at Sawyer, ND.  In 1971, they moved to Driggs, ID, right below the Grand Teton Mountains, where he built miles of “buck” fences and fed cattle with horses and sled because of the snow depth.  In 1972, they moved back to ND, settling in New Rockford.  He worked for Clarence “Bud” Anderson, Butts Feedlot in Carrington, Central High School, New Rockford, and Jury Construction.

While in New Rockford their son, Randall Wayne was born.  The family moved to Sundance, WY, in 1979.  He worked on a ranch by Beulah, WY, and then Summit Materials, Inc., later being sold to Fisher Industries.  After their divorce, he continued to live in Sundance, and married Dixie Finch.  Dixie passed away in 2003.  After retiring from Fisher Industries, he moved back to New Rockford.

Wayne enjoyed working with cattle and horses.  He was a true cowboy.  He enjoyed being with his grandchildren, working in his woodshop, panning for gold in the Black Hills, and his latest pride and joy was a John Deere Gator.

He is survived by his son, Randy of New Rockford; three stepdaughters, Joni (Randy) Van Singel of Rockford, MI, Lori (Rob) Plite of Sand Lake, MI and Cara (Craig) Reichert of Dayton, WY; twelve grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; five sisters, Geraldine, Diana, Darlene, Barbara (Ron) Mathis-Quale of Watford City, ND, Dolly (Ted) Pfau of Minot, ND and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Wayne was preceded in death by his daughter, Judy Nosch; his wife, Dixie; his parents; grandparents; his stepmother, Doris Dahl; his brothers, Kenneth and Gordon Gudmunson; his grandsons, Cameron Reichert and Nicholas Zylman; all aunts, uncles and many cousins.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Funeral Service will be held Friday, May 10, 2019, at 2:00PM in First Lutheran Church, New Rockford, ND.

Burial will be held at Grandfield Cemetery, rural Sheyenne, ND.

Posted Condolences:


  1. Prayers for the Families. We always enjoyed visiting with Wayne when we were ever together. He will be missed on FB and other places.

  2. Randy, Joni and Cara and families, I am so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed many visits with Wayne throughout the years, he truly was a great friend, a great man. He will join Don up there and they will have more great visits!

  3. I knew Wayne when I was a little girl and my parents visited his parents. Ironically my husband and I now own the Harrington Ranch near Minot, where he apparently worked.

  4. Prayers to all may he rest in peace.

    I came across this poem in February of 1999 when my dad passed away. I have referred to it often and always share with friends or family when they have lost a loved one and hope it bring some comfort to them as well.

    Faye A. (Jorgenson) Anderson

    Letter from Heaven

    To my dearest family,
    some things I’d like to say.
    But first of all,
    to let you know,
    that I arrived okay.

    I’m writing this from heaven.
    Here I dwell with God above.
    Here, there’s no more tears
    of sadness;
    Here is just eternal love.

    Please do not be unhappy
    just because I’m out of sight.
    Remember that I am
    with you every morning,
    noon and night.

    That day I had to leave
    you when my life on earth
    was through.
    God picked me up and
    hugged me and
    He said, “I welcome you.
    It’s good to have you
    back again, you were missed
    while you were gone.
    As for your dearest family,
    They’ll be here later on.
    I need you here badly,
    you’re part of my plan.
    There’s so much that we
    have to do,
    to help our mortal man.”

    God gave me a list
    of things, that he wished
    for me to do.
    And foremost on the list,
    was to watch and care for you.

    And when you lie
    in bed at night the
    day’s chores put to flight.
    God and I are closest to you
    ….in the middle of the night.

    When you think of my life
    on earth, and all
    those loving years.
    Because you are only
    human, they are bound
    to bring you tears.
    But do not be afraid to cry:
    it does relieve the pain.
    Remember there would
    be no flowers, unless
    there was some rain.

    I wish that I could tell you
    all that God has planned.
    If I were to tell you,
    you wouldn’t understand.
    But one thing is for certain,
    though my life on
    earth is o’er.
    I’m closer to you now,
    than I ever was before.

    There are many rocky
    roads ahead of you
    and many hills to climb;
    But together we can
    do it by taking one
    day at a time.

    It was always my philosophy
    and I’d like it for you too;
    That as you give unto
    the world, the world
    will give to you.
    If you can help somebody
    who’s in sorrow and pain;
    Then you can say to
    God at night……
    “My day was not in vain.”

    And now I am contented….
    that my life was
    Knowing as I passed
    along the way I made
    somebody smile.
    So if you meet somebody
    who is sad and
    feeling low;
    Just lend a hand to pick
    him up, as on your
    way you go.

    When you’re walking
    down the street and
    you’ve got me on your mind;
    I’m walking in your
    footsteps only half
    a step behind.
    And when it’s time
    for you to go….from that
    body to be free.
    Remember you’re
    not going….
    you’re coming here to me.

  5. I know that you are in a way better place now, and you are back with my Mom, please give her kisses and hugs from me and I’ll see you both again. Please wrap each other in your arms and know that I love you both with all my heart and soul. Until we meet again!😘


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