Dustin “Duddy” Gruendemann


Dustin Gruendemann Dustin “Duddy” Gruendemann age 30 of Lamberton, formerly of the Willmar area, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 21, 2015. A Celebration of Life service will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls. Visitation will be 2:00-3:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A gathering of friends will follow the service at the American Legion Club (100 Industrial Drive) in Redwood Falls. The family requests that, in honor of Dustin, everyone wears their favorite hoodie sweatshirt to the service. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dustin “Duddy” Troy Gruendemann was born April 28, 1984 in Redwood Falls to William and Becky. He lived life by the seat of his pants. Dustin enjoyed riding snowmobile and dirt bike. He was very mechanical; he loved working on cars and helping his stepdad get the demo car ready. Dustin spent all his spare time with his sons, Hunter and Devin. He enjoyed hanging out with his friends, listening to music, and hunting with his stepdad. Dustin’s favorite quote in life was “I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for what I am not.” He lived life to the fullest and will be dearly missed.

Dustin is survived by his sons Devin and Hunter; parents Becky & Tod Shepard; grandfather Duane LeBrun; sisters: Jennifer (Tony) Braun, Nikki (Mike) Wieberdink, Nicholisia Shepard; nieces and nephew: Lecora, Jordan, and Teagan; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his father William, grandmother Vivian LeBrun, niece Delaney Braun, and close friend Josh “Lenny” Lehnhoff.


  1. Marianne Jones says:

    I am at a total loss for words, this hurts all of us so deeply, Dusty was adored by all who truly knew him, and we were blessed to have the time to know him. He will be missed every day.
    My heart hurts and I send my deepest condolences to the family and all who knew him.

  2. stephanie halvorson says:

    He will be dearly missed by many he was a great guy and a wonderful father and a very good friend if u were down he could always cheer u up I am going to miss his smiles and face. You will always be in my heart love u like a brother always and forever.

  3. karla rothmeier says:

    Hey Becky, so sorry to hear the news. I know how much you appreciate all your children so this must be really hard. I can not imagine what you are all going through. Prayers and thoughts are with you all. Take Care.

  4. Alesha Callander says:

    Dusty will be greatly missed by so many… he would bend over backwards to help you out if he could… going to miss his smiling face… I will cherish the memories we shared… prayers and hugs to all his family and friends. R.I.P. Dusty… love ya buddy

  5. Dorothy Maday says:

    So sorry about your loss..My prayers are with you to help you through this..May I have an address to send a card..thank you

    • Redwood Valley Funeral Home says:


      You may send a card to the Redwood Valley Funeral Home, 612 Northwood Drive, Redwood Falls MN 56283 and we will forward it to the family.

  6. Jeffrey Wharton says:

    Duddy you will be extremely missed little brother , I will never forget you because you where always around if someone needed you even if it was just to talk ….I’m terribly heart broken that best friend is gone ……

  7. Haven’t seen you in a few years….In the last 2 weeks you came over twice for a couple hours each time, Spent time playing with my little boys..We had a awesome time catching up talking about all the crazy times we had back in the day..You are and always will be one of the true friends I had since we were younger..I’m forever grateful that we got a chance to hang out again after so long and thankful you got a chance to meet my little guys..You were a one of a kind and we got along perfect..
    You will NEVER be forgotten homie and your friendship will never be replaced

    Sending love & condolences to your family

  8. Jer and Lisa Carlson says:

    Nikki , Jer and I are both here for you if you guys need anything I am really sorry about your lost and I will prayer for u and your family love lisa

  9. Anya and Tyler Solyntjes says:

    We don’t know you guys but we are praying for you and our condolances to the family and friends

  10. Teresa Tibbs says:

    my heart i breaking for all who loved dusty. he was one of the livliest people i’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting…he touched so very many lives and will be deeply missed

  11. Ed Engelmann says:

    Becky and Tod, our deepest condolences to your family, PEACE

  12. Sandi Reck says:

    I was devastated to hear the news, I can’t imagine what you are going thru but through God’s comforting arms he will surround you at this sad time. Thinking of you and your family at this time.

  13. Karen Peterson Onken says:

    Becky…. was looking for you and your kids for some time but did not know it would be like this. So very sorry for all of you.Please call…507 430 6395. Sending you our love across the miles.

  14. Bobby Sue Ladd says:

    Duddy will forever be missed. He was my best friend. We had a connection that nobody would ever understand. Loved seeing him wear my ICP hoodie in almost every picture. He always knew how to cheer me up and make me smile. Love and miss you eternally.

  15. I am at loss for words. We haven’t spoken in years but we lived next door for years also. We had many laughs and many adventures. You were such a great guy and the world won’t be the same without you. RIP Duddy…your an angel taken too soon…

  16. Darell Onstad says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Dusty at Willmar Fab for 2 years. With Dusty there was never a dull moment and he was definitely his own man. I found his attitude for life and the great love of his 2 sons to be a breathe of fresh air. He will be missed by family, myself and his many friends. R.I.P Dusty.

  17. brooke buller says:

    Duddy, I don’t know What to say. My heart aches at the thought of living in this world without u. You were such a kind and free spirit, no one in this world will ever leave an imprint on heart as you did. I pray every night for your boys, Jen, your mom and Todd, I can out imagine the pain they are feeling. We will always miss you buddy, Taylor and your “monster” will as well. I love you duddy, tell Lenny I say hi.

  18. Phillip chmelar says:

    I want send my condolences dusty’s family and sons. He is a great kid that was taken way too soon. He’s upstairs watching over with some other great people.

  19. Tom Quackenbush says:

    From all of us at Daktronics. Our hearts go out to you and your family Becky.

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