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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse
6726 Center Road
Traverse City, MI 49686
designate: Endowment Fund
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Life Story / Obituary
GENE R. RUNDELL
Traverse City, Michigan
Deceased November 8, 2016
Gene Rundell of Traverse City passed away peacefully at the French Manor Assisted Living facility on November 8. Gene was born February 22, 1928, in Owosso, Michigan.
Gene graduated high school in Owosso in 1946 and entered the Marine Corps that same year, serving until 1948. Because of the GI Bill, he was able to go to attend Michigan State University. There, he met his future wife, Marjorie Greenwood. They were married August 13, 1955, in Niagara Falls, NY.
Gene enjoyed outdoor activities like cross-country skiing and bicycling. He completed 2 double-century rides in 1974 and 1979, and several other 100-mile rides. He competed in State Olympic events, doing well against younger age groups. Gene once completed a 350-mile bike tour through northern Michigan -- at the age of 65.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Rundell and Lucille (Hamilton) Rundell, and by his sister, June, and brother, James.
Gene enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling with his wife to various locations. Marjorie and he went west several times and enjoyed the Upper Peninsula, Acadia Park in Maine, and Letchworth State Park in New York, where they spent their 50th anniversary in 2005.
Gene is survived by his wife of 61 years, 3 children (Laura, Joel, and Jonathan), 2 grandchildren (Ethan and Susan), a son-in-law (Andy Holtz), and a daughter-in-law (Helen Hall).
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org) or to the Endowment Fund of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse (6726 Center Road, Traverse City, MI, 49686).
Memorial Services will be held 10am, Monday, November 14, 2016 at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse. The family will greet friends starting at 9:30am. Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guest book and share a message with the family. The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City.