Donny S. Van Gundy of Balsam Lake died Oct. 18, 2008, at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. He was 28.

Donny was born on July 27, 1980 in St. Croix Falls to Donny G. Van Gundy and Marilyn (Fox) Van Gundy.

Donny grew up in Balsam Lake where he graduated from Unity High School in 1998. Soon after graduating Donny started working with his step-father at Direct Forest Products in the hardwood lumber industry. He enjoyed working in the hardwood industry and was currently employed at Balsam Mill Works in New Richmond.

On the weekends Donny was able to fulfill his true passion and do what he really loved. That passion was singing in a rock band and Donny was the lead singer of Maximum Dosage a local rock band. In his free time he enjoyed playing poker, volleyball, softball, singing, shooting pool, building things and watching horror movies.

It was always Donny's dream to meet his hero. His hero was his father that he lost when he was only three months of age. We all find comfort in knowing that he is now getting to know the father he has wanted to know.

He is preceded in death by his father, Donny G. Van Gundy, paternal grandfather, LaVerne Van Gundy, maternal grandparents, Ruby and Vern Fox, aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his mother, Marilyn Gurtner and her husband Duane of Balsam Lake, sisters, Erica and Paige Gurtner, grandmother, Iona Van Gundy, Luck, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends as well as some very special close friends.

Funeral service will be Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Balsam Lake. Rev. Diane Norstad will officiate the service. Music will be provided by Dorene Hendrickson and Suz Thomson.

Casketbearers will be Ricky Fox, Joe L'Allier, Arnie Dojan, Mike D'Agostino, Desi Armstrong, Brandon Scheuer, Jason Short and Andy Bayle.

Visitation will be held at the Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Centuria on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and then again at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m.

Donny will be laid to rest next to his father at the Milltown Cemetery following the funeral service.

Kolstad Family Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.