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Astor Underthun Oct. 4, 1915 - Sept. 23, 2008

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SARTELL -- Astor Leroy Underthun, 92, of Sartell, formerly of Willmar, died Tuesday at the St. Cloud Hospital.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. Burial will be at Mandt Lutheran Cemetery in rural Montevideo.

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Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born Oct. 4, 1915, in Big Bend Township, Chippewa County, to Lars and Mabel (Larson) Underthun. He grew up and received his education in rural Benson and graduated from Benson High School in 1934.

He married Vernice Gilbertson on Sept. 24, 1935. They made their home in Montevideo where he worked in construction and contracting for three years. He farmedg for 20 years and also was employed by Jack Frost Poultry in sales and management for more than 35 years, retiring in 1979. He most recently was employed at Target in Willmar until 2000. He was active in township, county, state and administrative activities and in his church, serving as an elder and member of the church council. In October 2007, he and Vernice moved to the Country Manor in Sartell.

He is survived by his wife; six children: DuWayne (and Betty) Underthun of Willmar, Mary Buesing of Colorado Springs, Colo., Randall (and Sherri) Underthun of Duluth, Deborah (and Joseph) Halter of Oshkosh, Wis., Bonita (and James) Roeder of Independence and Jana Eischens of Sartell; 20 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; sisters: Grace Antolik of Benson, Hjordis Dahlberg of White Bear Lake, Blanche (and Gene) Gravlun of Brandon and Lorna (and Bill) Godfrey of White Bear Lake.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter; son-in-law: Thomas; and one brother.

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