Stewart L Gudmundsen of Midland, MI passed away on Monday, August 30, 2021 at Woodland Hospice House after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD)
Stewart “Stu” was born on June 10, 1938 in Payson, Utah, the son of Lagrande and Alice Genevieve (nee Stewart) Gudmundsen. In 1963, he married Patricia Ann Watts in the Logan, Utah temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Shortly after his graduation in 1964 from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree, he and Patricia moved to Midland, Michigan. He worked as a chemical engineer at Dow Chemical until his retirement in 1999.
He served a mission in Denmark for the LDS church (circa 1959-1961) and served a second mission with his wife (2000-2001) in Las Vegas. He served faithfully in various capacities in his church and was always willing to help a neighbor and his community. Stewart and Patricia volunteered for 9 years at Midland County Senior Services. He enjoyed playing the piano and the organ, tennis, bike riding, corny jokes and movies. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling to visit them across the country. He was known and loved for his kind, gentle, fun-loving nature as well as his firm testimony in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Those Stewart leaves behind to cherish his memory include his wife, Patricia; four children, Jenny (David) Griffes of North Carolina, Dennis (Lori) Gudmundsen of Wisconsin; Gary (Sara) Gudmundsen of Michigan and Kirsten (Harry) Peless of Michigan and a son-in-law, Jon Alexander of Wisconsin. He also leaves behind grandchildren/great grandchildren, Benjamin Griffes (Andie and Aspen), Erika Hernanez (Robert, Rosalinda, and Roberto), Cory, Nicole (Blake) Rusick; Kelcey Dorzok (Danny, Anya, Ada, Anora), Brooke (Benjamin, Renee,Elliot) McDaniel, Genna Alexander, Jacob Alexander; Jacob (Isabella) Gudmundsen, Javin Gudmundsen, Abigail Gudmundsen, Autumn Gudmundsen, Ethan Gudmundsen; Harry Peless, Samantha Peless, and Alex Gudmundsen, as well as many more friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Lisa Alexander, and two sisters, Gloria and Betty Jean.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 3, 2021, 12 noon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1700 W. Sugnet Road, Midland, MI. A graveside service will follow at the Midland Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 11 am-11:45 am at the Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Stewart’s name to Sarcoma Foundation of America https://www.curesarcoma.org/lisa-alexander/ or Lewy Body Dementia Association https://www.lbda.org/honor-memorial-gifts/
Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Gudmundsen family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.