Gunnar, We spent hundreds of hours in the simulators at NATCO together teaching as best we could, those 72's are pretty much gone but perhaps we did some good. I am honored too call you my friend we will get together some day and talk again, I'm still flying got to wear out a few more airplanes before I join you.
I used to work on his geo metro,s a bit and he would stop over for advise on repairs after an accident. I always enjoyed his honest gentle spirt. I am so sorry we lost touch over the years,
but I am glad I got to vist him at the cabin. Gunner is truely a good man and I hope we all get to see him again. I recently drove by and knew somthing was wrong when I saw the for sale sign.
Gunner, you made my life better knowing you.
Sincerly Pete Tuzinski
YMCA Camp du Nord will be honoring Gunnar at our annual Esprit du Nord event this coming Saturday at the Town and Country Club. We have a section of our program dedicated to memorials where we have a slideshow of pictures of people from the du Nord community that we have lost in the last year.
Our thoughts have been with you.
-Camp du Nord
I met Gunnar only twice in his well-lived life. First at YMCA Camp du Nord in the mid 1960's, and once again many years later when I visited his mother Birgit in 2008. Memories of his family have been a part of my life and I'm sad to learn of his passing. Fly with Sylvia....
Keep a light on for me...but not in my eyes as I land, please?
Gunnar was always so kind and interested in other people and their interests. He will be remembered fondly.
He was a bright light and in many ways, seemed to be a bird trapped in human form. I imagine him flying again with his sister.
Gunnar was a good soul. I always enjoyed
his company. I will miss him.
Gunnar was such a kind, sweet, intelligent and interesting friend. He was a "northwoods" guy living in the city, and knew how to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. I will always remember him, and know I will have great discussions with him again in Heaven someday! We were blessed by knowing him; may we find comfort in knowing he's soaring free with the Lord.
The Minnesota Icelanders are sorry to hear about Gunnar. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. May he Rest in Peace. Claire Eckley and Minnesota Icelanders
Gunnar was a great guy. Since our early days we shared unique adventures many of which were in airplanes. He was a generous man, always ready to share his knowledge, time and passions. I will always treasure the memory of our friendship. Happy landings Gunnar.
I first met Gunnar 18 years ago and learned a lot about flying from him. Loved hearing Gunnar's stories about his many flying adventures and sharing sim time with him in various large commercial aircraft. Gunnar definitely had a unique (but very honest, logical and interesting) point of view/philosophy regarding various important topics; he was a very deep thinker. I will surely miss him but know he is in a much happier place now and free of physical ailment.
I found Gunnar to be a man who loved America, the Constitution, and American history, which is the focus of our book club. It was a privilege to have him join us and I know he thoroughly enjoyed our discussions and us. His love for the constitution and America always continued in our conversations when I drove him home to his cabin. Of course much conversation also covered his enjoyment of his cabin along the Mississippi River and all the animals in the area. The Gunnar I knew was very polite and caring and he loved God and had a deep love for His creation. I can't forget his love for flying and I am so sorry his flying was cut short. Gunnar was truly a gentle man and I will miss him.
I have known Gunnar for over 50 years when we first met in our intial pilot training days together at Executive Aero at Flying Cloud Airport. We have been the very best of friends ever since. Gunnar is a person that you describe as a "free spirit", like myself. He is a very rare individual having a combination of kindness, loyalty, honesty and compassion for others. He would literally give you the shirt off of his back if you needed it. He was not a person of very rich monetary means but he was a multibillionare when it comes to the discription of his personality. No one could ever ask for a better friend. I'am honored to have been his friend for so many years. He will be missed by all who knew him. I'am sure he is flying in a better world now and truely free.....
Karl K. Enghauser
We worked together at the home Depot. He had so many interesting life experiences he shared with me. He was a charming and intelligent man. I remember his wry smile. He is flying the blue skies now.
I known Gunnar for the last past 10 years, He was one of my husbands best friends, I'll always remember him as a very humble, sweet, an a real gentleman. Love you Gunnar, rest in peace. Enith Enghauser
I have known Gunnar for 35 years, we flew together at IAC. He was a very dedicated hard working pilot. I enjoyed our conversations about flying and aeronautics. He was a very knowledgable . RIP.
I also have lost a brother 5 years ago. Time helps heal the grief without erasing the good memories.
My heartfelt condolences, John Curran
Sorry for your loss Byran.Gunnar is in a better place now.Peace.Greg M.
We will dearly miss our neighbor from across the street.He was such a likeable and friendly man. He's now at peace without a worry in the world.
Our condolences to his Family.
Gunnar was my oldest friend. We met in the first grade some sixty years ago. The fond memories are endless. Skiing, camping, flying, biking, playing chess, and yes, getting into a little trouble together. We shared sorrows and we shared joys. I wouldn't trade that for anything.
Gunnar was one of the “good guys”. I will certainly miss this dear friend until we meet again.
We will all miss Gunnar at the Eighth Air Force luncheons. He had many friends and was always interesting and fun to talk to with a wealth of knowledge and experience about flying. We were all amazed by his wonder car, kept running since the 1970s.
We were so sorry to hear about Gunnar's death when we worshiped at Grace University Lutheran Church today. What a kind man and good soul. Dan and I always enjoyed visiting with him and I enjoyed the Minneota connection with the Bjornson family. What a nice tribute to his life. A candle was lit for him today as we celebrated All Saints Sunday. Thank you.
We are in New Mexico and, sadly, will not be able to join you at this memorial celebration. We will be thinking of you all and Gunnar.
Love from Nancy and Ragnar