BEN VAN GUNDY
Ben Van Gundy, 68, passed away peacefully in his home on February 11, 2021 after a long battle with multiple health issues. Originally born in Fort Dodge, IA to Bill and Rosalie Van Gundy. His interest and enthusiasm for nature and conservation began in Fort Dodge. It became a lifelong pursuit working to save thousands of acres of natural areas and bring an appreciation of the world around us to individuals, children and families through his work with nature centers and conservation groups in Iowa and Minnesota. Ben enjoyed outdoor activities like hunting and hiking, was always looking for something to read, valued new experiences, time with friends and coaxing his family to try new and unusual foods. Ben was preceded in death by his parents and sister Jeannine. He survived by his wife, Julie, his sons Matthew (Jin) and Ryan, his sister Deb Lowndes, nieces, great nieces and nephews, wonderful extended family members and dedicated friends. A memorial service is planned for the spring when family and friends can get together outdoors and share our stories about Ben.