Tony L. Gunderson, age 70, of Florence, Ariz., formerly of Mabel, Minnesota died Monday, July 1, 2019, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.
Tony was born Aug. 28, 1948, in Spring Grove to Jerome and Maxine (Wright) Gunderson. He graduated from Mabel High School in 1966. From 1966 to 1972, he served in the Army National Guard trained in heavy equipment mechanics.
On May 1, 1971, he married Myrna Yotter in Lake City. They made their home in Mabel raising three children, Jenny, Ian and Cory. Tony worked as a sprinkler fitter, then as an insurance agent with his parents in Mabel and for a short time in Rochester. He worked at the Jennings State Bank in Spring Grove until 1989, when he returned to sprinkler fitting, retiring in 2004. In retirement, he worked part-time driving the residents at Green Lea Manor Nursing Home. In 2011, they moved to Florence, Ariz., and return to Minnesota for the summers.
Tony was very community oriented and loved to offer his time, energy and resources to multiple organizations over his lifetime. He was an active member of the American Legion Post 299 in Mabel and held positions at the local, county, and district levels. He was a member of the Mabel First Lutheran Church, had been a member of the Jaycees and was a Scout Master for Troop 68 in Mabel. Tony enjoyed working on projects including home remodeling, tinkering on cars, boating, fishing and woodworking, volunteering at the church and food bank, and talking with people.
He also became a member of American Legion Post 97 of San Tan Valley after moving to Florence. He held several officers position to included Adjutant and Treasurer. Tony was also part of the American legion Riders as Secretary/Treasurer. Tony was instrumental with the Post 97 youth programs, to included Boys State and Oratorical. Tony was the American Legion for 49 years and will be deeply missed by his Legionnaires
Jack William Malpass. December 26, 1943-November 20, 2017.
The post lost one of it's members, after a battle with a heart condition.
After graduation from high school in 1962, he enlisted with the US Navy. HM2 Jack W. Malpass served during the Vietnam War as a Navy Hospital Corpsman at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virgina from 1962-1966.
Jack married Marsha Ann Guggery in 1963 and together they raised a family of three childred and two grandchildren.
Jack's civilian professional career included pharmaceutical sales, human resources and his own consulting company after receiving a Master of Arts in Organizational Behavior.
Jack moved to San Tan Valley, in 2005 and was one of the charter members of the Joss Foss American Legion Post 97.
Phil Jordan was born in 1927 and raised in Phoenix, AZ. In 1941, he attempted to enlist in the US Navy when he was fourteen years old. Phil grew frustrated at not being accepted because of his age so he ran away to San Francisco and helped build ships.
With eighteen shipyards churning out destroyer escorts, over 200 DE’s were operating in the Pacific by the end of the war, providing anti-submarine cover for the larger ships as well as delivering mail and supplies to the ground troops.
When Phil returned home his father signed permission for him to join the Navy in April 1944. He spent nineteen weeks training in Los Angeles, CA.
After the war was declared over and while waiting to be discharged, Phil brought his cocker spaniel, Nicky, onboard the ship.
Upon his official discharge, Phil Jordan returned to Phoenix to support his widowed mother. Most of the jobs went to married men with responsibilities so Phil re-enlisted and became an Army paratrooper. He served in the elite Airborne from 1947 to 1950, which included a tour in Afghanistan.
When his army enlistment was up, Phil returned to Phoenix and became the second motorcycle deputy for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. From that first position in his early twenties, Phil Jordan went on to a law enforcement career that spanned nearly 30 years … including 11 years as a federal law enforcement officer on the Apache Indian reservation and several years with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, where his final four years were as sheriff.
Phil Jordan died at his home on July 12, 2018.