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Michael Gunderson

February 24, 1955 - July 31, 2020
Portage, MI


Memorial Service

Monday, August 10, 2020
2:00 PM EDT
Calvary Bible Church
855 S. Drake Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

West Michigan Cancer Center
200 North Park Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 382-2500
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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts - Ceramic Dept
314 Park Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 349-4961
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Life Story / Obituary


On July 31, 2020 Michael Dean Gunderson, loving father, brother, and uncle passed away at the age of 65. Michael was born on February 24, 1955 in Kalamazoo to Howard and Phyllis Gunderson. He was an accomplished Potter. He enjoyed playing the guitar and was a long-time member of the band Scooter and The Worms. He taught at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and later taught at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. He is survived by his daughter Angela and her husband Mick Enders; sisters Deborah Gunderson and Mary and her husband Brian O’Donnell; niece Melinda Thorpe; and nephews Brandon and Cameron O’Donnell. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Monday (AUG 10) at 2 PM at the Calvary Bible Church, 855 S. Drake Rd., Kalamazoo, 49009. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Visit Michael’s personal webpage at www.BetzlerLifeStory.com where you may read his Life Story, archive a favorite memory or photo, and sign his guestbook. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Ceramic Department or the West Michigan Cancer Center. Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900.