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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.

Condolence Messages

  1. Cordell Chipman

    04 September 2021 2 weeks ago

    My first cousin.We grew up together in the same town and the same schools. Stewart was very intelligent and helped me at BYU in the hard classes. What a fun guy. Jokes all the time. He always was working with his chemistry set. He had a lab in his basement.He liked to fish, play tennis (we were both on the highschool tennis team) at Payson high school. He was an accomplished pianist and played in music contests. He liked wild carnival rides. He had a strong testimony of the Gospel and lived a life of service and love. His family was his greatest joy. We can all be proud of his example of a “Christ like” life. We that know him will miss him. God bless Stewart and his family. Cousin Cordell

  2. Venita McNair

    03 September 2021 2 weeks ago

    Stu was my first supervisor when I came to Dow in 1976. We developed a friendship that lasted over 45 years.
    Even after retirement, he, Paul Parker, and I continued to meet at least once a year for lunch.
    I will truly miss him.

  3. John Ryder

    03 September 2021 2 weeks ago

    Stu was one of the most kind, friendly, and dedicated men in our church. He served faithfully and quietly and never sought recognition. He and Pat were always seeking to help others in any way they could. The world needs more men like Stu.

  4. Jill Winterton Campbell

    03 September 2021 2 weeks ago

    I knew Stu mostly when I was a child. He was a good man with a kind smile that, like Pat, had a way of making one feel comfortable. I send love to his wonderful family.

  5. Gil and Lynne Wilburn

    02 September 2021 2 weeks ago

    This note is one of gratitude to Stewart from Lynne. Gil, Lise, Matt, and Chad Wilburn. As a young family with three small children we lived in Midland. We had many opportunities to be in the Gudmundson home. We experienced kindness, and loving support many times. Once after an accident wiped out our car we awakened the next morning to find one of Gudmundsons cars with a note saying. “Use me as long as you need”. For 40 years we have tried to do the same. What a great example your family set for us

  6. David Harrison

    02 September 2021 2 weeks ago

    I left a message on line, but I want you to know I consider Stu a very good friend and an example of what a man ought to be (and can be) in this life. Sorry, guys, for your loss. I am sure Stu is very happy to be where he is now.

  7. Roberta & Butch Peless

    01 September 2021 2 weeks ago

    He was almost always smiling or laughing, especially when he shared his corny jokes. We shared many good times in the Gudmundsen home for dinner, a movie and popcorn, family celebrations or watching General Conference. His 80th birthday celebration was especially memorable. We always joked about being “almost family” since our oldest son married his youngest daughter and we were “almost neighbors” for many years.

  8. Cherie' Chateauneuf

    01 September 2021 2 weeks ago

    Dennis – I am very sorry to hear about your dad, he was always very friendly – my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family –

  9. Robert Cordner

    01 September 2021 2 weeks ago

    They don’t come any better! Loved Stewart very much! My sincere condolences to the family.

  10. Jack Griffes

    01 September 2021 2 weeks ago

    May God’s peace and comfort be with all family and friends.

  11. Carol Atton

    31 August 2021 2 weeks ago

    I remember Stu from working at Dow in 1803 EH&S. He was a good natured and friendly person. Condolances to his family.

  12. Doug Middleton

    31 August 2021 2 weeks ago

    Stu was one of the nicest people and example of Christ like charity I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Rest in peace my friend, until we meet again. My sincere condolences to the Gudmundsen family.

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