Gary Lynn Underland

Gary Lynn Underland 12/28/1954 to 03/12/2021, 66 of New London, MN., formerly of Willmar, Spicer, and Sparta, WI., passed away at Carris Health Rice Care Center of small cell lung cancer surrounded by family, finding peace and with love in his heart. Gary grew up in the Willmar area, graduated from Willmar High School in 1972 and spent the next 4 years in the US Navy. Upon discharge, Gary assisted with the family farm and went on to spend the majority of his working career as an employee of “Ma Bell” and it’s later affiliates retiring from Century Link in 2011. After a move to Sparta, WI, he worked as a hobby at Brenengen Ford 8 years and after moving back to MN in 2018, Menards in Willmar until his illness no longer allowed. In retirement a new hobby developed for Gary, camping and ATV trailriding covering thousands of miles in the northwoods of Wisconsin, keeping his outdoor spirit fed with forests and streams. Gary was married to Carol Adams-Underland on October 3, 1981 and frequently teased, “she lied to me about being rich and only staying in MN for a year” for that one year extended beyond 41 years together and 39 years of marriage, with riches coming by way of the joys in life. In addition to Carol, Gary is survived by son Michael Underland, daughters Jillian Underland, Emily Souther and Dustin Hoffman, grandchildren Taiton, Ciera, Jett, Ryder and Piper, brother Loren Underland and sister Nancy and David Plath, nieces and nephews, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernie and Terry Underland and brothers John and David and wife, Noy. Per his request through passing, Gary had chosen to participate in the U of M Medical School’s Bequest Anatomy Program in supporting high quality education for future health professionals and medical advancements through research. A celebration annual picnic and campground ride at Happy Ours RV Park, Gordon, WI will be in memory of Gary in August. In lieu of memorials, Gary asks “to plant a tree and think of me” so there might be something green for those in the future in a place of your own choosing.


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