Loving Husband, Son Brother and Uncle Age 55, died Saturday, November 10, 2012, at his home in St Paul MN. Greg was born on May 6, 1957 to Cletus and Barbara (Von Wald) Van Natta in Port Clinton OH. The family moved to Mundelein, IL, and then in 1966 to Red Wing, MN. Greg graduated from Red Wing High School, and earned his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. He married Linda (Landby) Van Natta in 1999. Greg was a born entrepreneur. Starting with paper routes and trapping as a kid, pursuing self-employment was his passion. After college he worked jobs in finance and sales, but always worked his own ideas on the side. He was constantly coming up with ideas for new business pursuits. In 1997, he started a new business, Sunrise Mattress Factory, in Wyoming MN. Some years later he added Amish furniture. The business eventually moved to Forest Lake MN and became Sunrise Amish Store. From the age of 22, Greg lived out a strong faith in Jesus Christ. He was friendly, generous, and kind, and excelled at friendship and prayer. He was a member of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in St Paul. He was an outdoors man who enjoyed hunting with his brothers, friends and dog Max. Greg survived childhood leukemia in the 1960s when chances of survival were next to none. Another type of cancer was diagnosed in 2009. Greg is survived by his wife Linda of St Paul MN; mother Barbara of Burnsville MN; sister Ann (Steven) Nicklaus of Burnsville MN; brother Mark (Lori) of Mazeppa MN; brother David of Red Wing MN; mother-in-law Enid Landby; father-in-law Bill Landby; brother-in-law Steven Landby (Laurie); brother-in-law Scott Landby; nephews Jeremiah Van Natta, Dominic Nicklaus, Luke Nicklaus, Matthew Landby and Jeffrey Landby; nieces Monica Nicklaus, Grace Nicklaus and Bethany Landby. He was preceded in death by his father Cletus and an infant sister, Mary. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 AM Saturday at NATIVITY OF OUR LORD CATHOLIC CHURCH (324 S. Prior Ave. at Stanford, St. Paul). Visitation 4-8 PM Friday at O'HALLORAN AND MURPHY FUNERAL HOME (575 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul) 651-698-0796, with a prayer service and sharing of memories starting at 7 PM. Visitation also one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials to Franciscan Brothers of Peace.
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Published in Pioneer Press on Nov. 14, 2012