Kurt Gustav Ragnar Sundelin, age 77 of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Wednesday, December 2, with his loving family at his side.
Kurt was born in Pitea, Sweden, son of the late Ragnar and Ellen (Thyni) Sundelin. He and his family immigrated to the United States when he was 16 years old and settled in Lewiston, Idaho. Kurt graduated from Lewiston High School and later earned a BS in Pharmacy, BS in Chemistry and MS in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Idaho State University. Following his marriage to Sharon Lance Sundelin in 1963, he attended the University of Kansas where he completed a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry. He worked as a research chemist for Shell Development Company in Modesto, California, from 1969 until 1986 when he moved to Delaware in 1986 and there continued working as a research chemist at DuPont Company’s Stein-Haskell site until his retirement in 1999.
Kurt was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) in which he held several leadership positions, and for the last several years served as the regional manager of the LDS Home Storage Center in Bridgeport, New Jersey. Kurt enjoyed sharing details about his Swedish heritage with family and friends and pursued several other hobbies, including woodworking, reading, and working with community Swedish history and science groups. With his family, he visited numerous American and LDS Church history sites. He loved the outdoors, particularly hiking, camping, and hunting and was a Scout Master in the Boy Scouts of America. Kurt was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, colleague and friend. He will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife of fifty-two years, Sharon (Lance) Sundelin, his children, Lennart Kurt Ragnar Sundelin (Amy), Annica Kay Burns (Mitchel), Margreta Maria Morgulas (Seth), Tore Lance Sundelin (Tiffany) and Nils Anders Sundelin (Claudia), seven grandchildren, and his siblings, Anita Sundelin, Birgit Dornberger (Clifford) and Ragnar Sundelin.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 5th, 2015, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Chapel, 500 W. Chestnut Hill Road, Newark, DE 19713. Family visitation will precede the service from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Humanitarian Services, c/o LDS Philanthropies, 1450 N. University Avenue, Provo, UT 84604, or to the American Heart Association, PO Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693.