DASSEL, MN – This year marks the 40th anniversary of the car crash that killed five members of the Sundve family in Dassel. By request, the original article that appeared in the Dassel Dispatch Nov. 24, 1977 is reprinted below. The article was obtained curtesy of the Dassel Area Historical Society:
Five in Sundve family killed in head-on auto crash Saturday night
Five members of the Sundve family were killed shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 1977, in a two-car crash on US Hwy. 12, one-quarter mile east of Hennepin County Road 90, near Maple Plain.
Victims were Paul Sundve, 32; his parents, Louis Sundve, 64, and Doris Sundve, 62, all of Dassel; Paul’s brother, Gary Sundve, 34; and Gary’s 18-month-old son, Kirk Sundve, both of Oregon.
Gary’s wife, Linda, 30, and their son, Chad, 2, were taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
A sixth victim, alone in the vehicle he was driving, was identified as Louis Webb, 26, of Minneapolis.
Authorities said the Sundve vehicle was westbound on US Hwy. 12 and that the two cars collided head-on.
Mr. and Mrs. Sundve and Paul had gone to Metropolitan Airport, where they met Mr. and Mrs. Gary Sundve and their two sons, of Banks, OR, who were planning to visit their Dassel relatives over the Thanksgiving holiday. They were enroute to Dassel when the fatal crash took the lives of five members of the family.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Dassel Elementary School, with the Rev. Herbert Ketterling, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in Litchfield; the Rev. Wallace Pratt, pastor of Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel; and the Rev. Norman Bloom, district superintendent, Church of the Nazarene, officiating.
Music was by Mrs. David Huikko, Mrs. Larry Brantz, and Duane Hickler.
Interment for Paul Sundve was at the Dassel Cemetery. Interment for Louis and Doris Sundve will be Friday, Nov. 25, at Sunset Memorial Garden in Aberdeen, SD. Interment for Gary Sundve and his son, Kirk, is unknown at the time of this writing.
Immediate survivors include Paul’s wife, Mary; and two sons, Brent, 2, and Brice, 1.
Louis and Doris are survived by a daughter, Linda, and three grandchildren.
Gary is survived by his wife, and one son.
Louis Sundve and son, Paul, at one time owned and operated the Union 76 Station in Dassel. Paul later purchased his father’s interest in the station and continued to operate it until his health forced him to close the business.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sundve and Paul were all bus drivers for the Dassel-Cokato School, and Louis was also employed as a custodian at the Dassel Elementary School.
Paul was employed as a semi-driver for JLCO, Inc. in Dassel.