ROANOKE – Daniel R. Magnuson, 76, died peacefully Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at his home in rural Roanoke, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 4, 1942, in Hallock, Minn., the son of George and Pearl Hallett Magnuson. He married Judy Blunier on May 1, 1971. She survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Cheryl (Sahan Kuruppuaratchi) Magnuson, Bloomington and Kristine Magnuson, Roanoke; one son, Dan (Jayme) Magnuson, Roanoke; two grandchildren, Brock Magnuson and Reese Magnuson; one brother, George (Ardelle) Magnuson, Northfield, Minn., and many nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Paul Magnuson, three sisters, Irene Magnuson, Beverly Nelson and Betty Ann Englund, and one niece, Carol Jean Rooker.
Dan enlisted into the Air Force at the age of 18 and he was honorably discharged after four years of service. He was the recipient of the Commendation Medal. Following his service, he joined his brother, Paul, in Morton. Dan worked at Caterpillar from 1964 to 2003. In 1966, he met his future wife on a blind date. Following his retirement, Dan enjoyed gardening and took great joy in sharing his bounty of fruits and vegetables with his friends and family. He also loved watching the Chicago Cubs, traveling with family and baking for others. Dan loved his family immensely and he was extremely close to his two grandsons, as he provided daycare when they were younger. He attended Eureka Bible Church, rural Eureka, where he served as an usher for many years.
Services will be held June 2 at 2 p.m. at the church followed by an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Visitation will take place Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home, Roanoke. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be held at Riverside Cemetery, Lake Bronson, Minn., at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke or to the Kittson County (Minn.) Historical Society.