Melinda McDowell, 43, Marshall PDF Print E-mail

Services for Melinda McDowell, 43, of Marshall were held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Christ United Presbyterian Church in Marshall. Pastor Celeste Laisch officiated. Margaret Greig was accompanist with Jim Doty at trumpet. Special music was provided by Scott and Roberta Josephson and Erin Josephson, soloists. Casket bearers were Stephanie Vlaminck, Keith Vlaminck, Erika Vlaminck, Megan Hardesty, Natalie Gillund, Jeremy Knutson and Samuel Gillund. Internment will be at a later date at the Lynd City Cemetery at Lynd, Minnesota. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 113.

Melinda died unexpectedly Sunday, May 31, 2009, at her home in Marshall. She was being treated for pneumonia.

Melinda Kay Gillund was born November 9, 1965, in Marshall, to Edgar and Frances (Kor) Gillund. She was baptized and confirmed at Christ United Presbyterian Church in Marshall. She grew up in Minneota and attended the public school, graduating in 1984.

Melinda then joined the U.S. Army, where she proudly served 20 years, eight months, and three days, achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class in the Military Police. She re-ceived many decorations, medals, badges, citations, and campaign ribbons. "Mad Dog McDowell" (aka Melinda) did a tour of duty in Kuwait during Desert Storm. The last six years of her military career were spent at West Point training new cadets. She was honorably discharged on Sept. 30, 2005.

Melinda decided to return to the Marshall area to be near family and friends. She was most recently employed at the Marshall Post Office. She purchased her first house in 2007 and truly enjoyed having a place to call "her" home. In the short time of ownership, she hosted many family gatherings in her home.

Melinda will be remembered as having a real zest for life! Anyone who knew her soon realized how fun-loving she was. She was the first girl to play on the Minneota boys baseball team, proving to be a real tomboy. She took pride in serving her country which was reflected by her being a member of the American Legion, VFW, and Elks Club.

Survivors include her parents, Edgar and Frances Gillund of Marshall; siblings, Daryl (and Julie) Gillund of Alexandria, Jeff Gillund (and Meri Jo Knutson) of Maynard, Rick Gillund of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Valerie (and Ronald) Vlaminck of Taunton; nieces and nephews, Stephanie, Keith and Erika Vlaminck, Megan Hardesty, Natalie and Sam Gillund, and Jeremy Knutson; grandmother, Katie Kor of Marshall; and aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

Melinda was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Henry and Clara Gillund, and by her maternal grandfather, Jans Kor.

We will remember Melinda for her humor, laughter and entertaining stories. There will be a huge void without her. She will truly be missed by many! One last thing she would want you each to remember: "You know I love you dearly!"