Walter John Gillund

August 5, 1943November 6, 2020

Wally Gillund was born August 5, 1943 in Minneota, Minnesota to Walter and Mary (Tholen) Gillund and sadly passed away on November 6, 2020 at the age of 77.

Wally grew up on a farm and graduated from Minneota High School in 1961. After high school, Wally attended Universal Trade School in Omaha, NE after which time he began a successful 49-year career as owner and operator of Lehman Service Company.

56 years ago, Wally married Rita DeMartelaere starting their life in Lincoln, NE. Together they enjoyed raising their family, traveling, gardening and more recently NASCAR. They love spending time with their grandkids and great grandkids. Wally especially enjoyed having the little ones sit on his lap. He also enjoyed many years of fishing, boating and time with friends.

Wally will be deeply missed by his wife Rita, his four daughters Connie (Brent) Wenzl, Janell Gillund, Rhonda (Mark) Hinrichs and Christy (Randy) Koranda, twelve grandchildren and five great grandchildren. His love of family and friends has inspired us all.

Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no visitation and a private service for immediate family on Wednesday, November 25 at 10 am. Extended family and friends are welcome to join through live stream on Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery's Facebook page.


  • Private Family Memorial Service

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020



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Val and Ron Vlaminck

November 25, 2020

Hugs and prayers to the Gillund family. Rest in peace Wally.

Rhonda, Jason, Blake & Kendall Dixon

November 24, 2020

I’d return a bottle of booze for you any day and pay all your missed tolls online if it meant one more get together. Taken too soon but so many laughs and memories fill our hearts of one awesome uncle! I hope you’re fishing with a highball close by. Cheers, Uncle Wally. Until we meet again. ❤️

Greg & MaryJo Gillund

November 16, 2020

Taken way to soon, May the fish be biting and the highballs be flowing! Thoughts and prayers to family and friends. Rest easy Uncle Wally. Till we meet again..

Abbey Baker

November 15, 2020

I am very sorry for your loss. Wally was a great man, and was a lot of fun to be around him. I know I enjoyed visiting him and Rita when ever I could. He will be deeply missed. Sending lots of love and sympathy to all of his loved ones. Will also be praying 🙏 for you all to get through the holidays.

Shirley Senden

November 13, 2020

Rita and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace, Wally. Prayers for your family.

Charleen (Kleine) Helgesen

November 11, 2020

Rita and family, There are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss! I have memories of you and Wally dating and attending our junior prom! I was hoping we could get together and socialize since we are now spending our winters in Lincoln. Hugs to you! We will get together sometime this winter! Love to all, Char

Jeff Holmberg

November 11, 2020

Wally was the best dang neighbor and one heck of a good fishing Buddy!

He was a wonderful friend and an extremely dedicated husband, father and grandfather. My life was enriched significantly because of my friendship with Wally.

I was fortunate to be his fishing partner on many trips, but especially on his last trip! We both claimed it to be the best time of our life!

I miss you Pal!

Jeff Holmberg

Jo Kleine

November 10, 2020

Just wish I could have shared 1 more margarita with you! Will miss you big brother! 🌹

Tom Hardesty

November 10, 2020

Rita and Family,

Debbie and I are deeply saddened by Wally's passing, our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Wally was more than just a friend he was a mentor to me as I started out in the trade. There were many things I could point to that would show what kind of a man he was but the one thing I will always remember was the day he handed me a key to his shop and said if you need something get it and let me know so we can get it replaced.
We shared a lot of laughs on those Carrier Trips and we will carry those memories with us through out or days!
Rest in peace Wally!
Tom and Debbie Hardesty

Anita (Tholen) Cauwels

November 10, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you!