Larry Dean Wunder (August 15, 2018)

Larry Wunder photoMay 9, 1934 ~ August 15, 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018
2:00 – 8:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, IA
(get directions)
Family will greet friends from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the Funeral Home

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
11:00 AM
Congregational United Church of Christ
Harlan, IA
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Wife – Janet Wunder of Harlan, IA
1 Son – Douglas (Deb) Wunder of Ankeny, IA
2 Daughters – Sharon Wunder of Springfield, IL
Caryl Wunder of Fort Morgan, CO
1 Brother – Gaige (Linda) Wunder of Tucson, AZ
1 Granddaughter – Melissa Wunder of Frisco, TX
Other Relatives & Friends

Larry Dean Wunder, the son of Albert Byron and Vera Hannah (Duke) Wunder, was born in Harlan, Iowa, on May 9, 1934. He graduated from Harlan High School in 1952 and began working at the Harlan Post Office. On July 2, 1954, Larry married Janet Barbara Nelson at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Jacksonville, Iowa. For eight years, he served in the United States Marines Reserves.

Larry later began fixing TVs, and after his 1978 retirement from the U.S. Postal Service, he opened his own business, selling and servicing TVs. He retired from this business in 1996.

Larry was an active member of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Harlan, Iowa. He loved bluebirds and built many bluebird houses; he also helped start the bluebird trails in southwest Iowa and Minnesota. He liked to engage in trapping during his early years. Larry, who had a quick and sarcastic sense of humor, enjoyed helping kids with soap box cars and other projects.

Larry D. Wunder died on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, Iowa. He had reached the age of 84 years, 3 months, and 6 days.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Janet Wunder of Harlan, Iowa; one son, Douglas (Deb) Wunder of Ankeny, Iowa; two daughters, Sharon Wunder of Springfield, Illinois, and Caryl Wunder of Fort Morgan, Colorado; one brother, Gaige (Linda) Wunder of Tucson, Arizona; one granddaughter, Melissa Wunder of Frisco, Texas; and other relatives and friends.

The memorial service was held on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at the Congregational United Church of Christ, Harlan, Iowa, with Rev, Donna Ewert officiating. Dianne Book served as the musician. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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2 Responses to Larry Dean Wunder (August 15, 2018)

  1. Kathi McKinney says:

    My heartfelt sympathies for your loss. May God grant you peace in the coming weeks. Hugs…

  2. Gary Larson says:

    Janet, Gaige & to other members of the Wunder family. I was saddened to learn of Larry’s passing. As cousins, growing up together in Harlan, we spent a good deal of time together at our family farm along side the golf course. One incident .that stands out. Is Larry dropping an egg on my brother Jacque’s.head while we were above him in the barn while he was milking a cow with a WWI steel helmet on his head and no shirt.. That started a pursuit. with Jacque chasing Larry. back to our house which was a good distance away. Fortunately, Larry was faster than Jacque and made it back to the safety of John & Edith and Albert & Vera. I don’t recall what punishment, if any, was handed out as a result of this barnyard hijinks but. it was fun to watch unfold as a spectator.

    Only had periodic contact with Larry after high school, the last.time In 2005 after a class reunion. Same engaging guy! Would be joining you for services if not for living nearly 600 miles away but will be joining you in spirit.

    Gary Larson

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