Age 79, of Roseville Died on January 28, 2013 Dan was preceded in death by Sally (nee Mueller), his wife of 38 years. Also preceding him were his brothers Leonard and Jonas "K" Simundson and sisters Marjory Wesen and Dorothy Miller. Dan is survived by his daughters, Susan Simundson and Ann-Marie Pucillo; sons-in-law Bruce Cryan and Fred Pucillo; grandchildren Daniel and Audrey Cryan and Joseph Pucillo; brother Luther Simundson (Jeanne), and dear friend Patricia Kane. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, he was the son of Kolbeinn and Groa (Thorsteinson) Simundsson. He earned a B.A. degree in 1955 from Stanford University and a B.D. degree from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1959. Ordained as a minister in 1959, he was pastor of Salem Lutheran Church in Mendon, Illinois, until 1961, when he became hospital chaplain at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis (1961-67). In 1971 he received a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Dan became a member of the Luther Seminary faculty in St. Paul in 1972 and was named professor of Old Testament in 1981. He taught for thirty-one years and during that time also held various deanships. In 2000 Dan was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Theology from the University of Iceland. The author of more than six books on the Old Testament and its messages of faith in times of suffering, Dan was a beloved teacher who touched many lives. In his retirement Dan continued to teach and preach, was active at his church, and was involved with the Golden K Kiwanis Club and the Icelandic American Association of Minnesota. Services will be held at 2pm on Monday, February 4 at Luther Seminary, 1490 Fulham St., St. Paul, 55108. Visitation will precede the service at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to either Luther Seminary, or Galilee Lutheran Church at 145 North McCarrons Blvd., Roseville, MN, 55113.
Published in Pioneer Press on Jan. 30, 2013