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Gary Gudahl

Gary Gudahl, 84, of Salem, South Dakota passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020 surrounded by family and loved ones. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 14 at 11:00 am at the Unite Church in Salem.

Gary was born in rural Oldham, SD on March 2, 1936 to Sam and Margaret Gudahl. Gary graduated and married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Merriman on April 23, 1956. He graduated from SDSU with a BS degree in education. He went on to teach high school at Emery and Lake Preston.  After teaching, he moved to Salem with his family where over the years he worked for IDS investments, Interstate Dairy, an underwriter for Capital Insurance, and Hutchinson Technology in Sioux Falls until his retirement.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Bonnie (Merriman) Gudahl, his sons Kevin (Alyson) Gudahl, Chicago, IL; Tim Gudahl of Pierre; his daughters Robin of Howard; Dawn (Jeff) Wood of Littleton, CO, and Brenda (Pat) Jolley; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren; his sisters, Marlys Rembold, Sheryl McConnell, and Andi Finch, and a host of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ardith Callies.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to the Gudahl family for disbursement to Gary’s favorite charities.


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