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Harvey M. Sundt

November 18, 1937 - July 21, 2023

U.S. Veteran

Funeral Home Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, Apple Valley

Private family burial will be held at Lakewood Cemetery

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Sundt, Harvey M.,

Age 85 of Apple Valley, peacefully passed away on July 21st surrounded by friends & family. His passing followed that of his beloved wife of 51 years, Judith, by a mere five weeks, marking the longest they had been separated in their long journey together. Harvey was preceded in death by parents, Clarence & Agnes (Kolden) Sundt and was the last of nine siblings. He is survived by, son Mark (Karen) Sundt and former wife, Gerda Nowack Black. Born and raised in rural Morris, MN, Harvey’s vibrant tales often harked back to simpler times, whether it be of working in a pool hall, resetting bowling pins by hand for mere pennies a game, or days without indoor plumbing. His youth was not just of labor and tales; in 1957, he showcased his athletic prowess in the MN State Baseball tournament. Interestingly, the opposing team, Washburn HS in Mpls., was the alma mater of his future wife and son. Harvey donned the nation’s colors when he enlisted in the Army. After his initial training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, he was stationed at a missile base in New Britain, CT. This granted him the opportunity to work and experience the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, NY. His re-enlistment in the early 1960s saw him posted to Heidelberg, West Germany, where he climbed the military ranks to Staff Sgt., met his first wife, and welcomed his son, Mark, into the world. Off the field, Harvey’s love for bowling was unparalleled, evident from his almost perfect score of 299 and his membership in the elite 700 club. Following his return to the States in the 1960s, he transitioned back to the printing business in Mpls., MN.  Harvey met his second wife, Judith Holtan, Mark’s 3rd Grade teacher, in S. Mpls. at Hiawatha Grade School during a parent teacher conference. They enjoyed many years together as they moved to Apple Valley and were able to socialize with the many friends they made at the Summerhill Coop. His stay at Summerhill was marked by numerous poker games, reveling in the camaraderie of card-playing buddies.  His professional journey took him to the U of MN’s print shop, where he dedicated 30 years until his retirement in the 1990s. Retirement brought with it the joy of travel. Harvey & Judy embarked on several cross-country adventures, relishing cruises and train rides in AK and other overseas destinations. Devotion defined Harvey’s later years, as he assumed the role of sole caretaker for his ailing wife, Judy. This dedication never wavered, even when he faced his own health challenges after being diagnosed with Glioblastoma in Dec. 2022, he pressed on as well as he could, side by side with his wife Judy till the end. Harvey’s legacy is one of dedication, love, and an unwavering spirit. He will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him. A celebration of Harvey Sundt’s life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society in Harvey’s name.