Daniel Lee "Dan" Guttormson, 29, Minot, died Friday, April 25, 2014, at his residence.
Dan was born June 28, 1984, at Minot, the son of Roger and Beverlee (Rensch) Guttormson. He had a difficult start to his life and almost died as a result of viral encephalitis at one month of age. His survival showed his early determination and emphasized how lucky we were to have him in our lives.
Dan was baptized and later confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Minot. His mother lost her battle with lung cancer in 2001. This had a profound effect on the remainder of Dan's life. He attended school in Minot and graduated from Minot High School in 2002.
Dan lived with his longtime girlfriend, Jessica Schultz, for the past 10 years. He was employed in Minot at various food service companies throughout the years. He worked as a cashier at Burger King, a server at Applebees and eventually became store manager of one of the Subway stores in Minot. His work ethic was never questioned and he spent many hours helping to make changes that turned the store around. Although he would complain at times about the long work hours, he had an underlying pride in his ability to see what needed to be changed and the leadership skills to accomplish the task.
Dan enjoyed spending time with his extended family and friends. He truly loved his nieces and nephews and was often present at many of the family gatherings.
His loving family includes: father, Roger (Deb) Guttormson, Minot; brother, Rob (Kyleen) Guttormson, Grand Forks; sister, Zeta Kilbride, Minneapolis; grandmother, Lilas Guttormson, Minot, grandparents, Harold and Jeanne Rensch, Garrison; nieces and nephews, Blake, Abbey, Cole and Kasey; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Dan is preceded in death by: his mother, Beverlee; paternal grandfather, Clarence Guttormson; and first cousins, Glenn Rensch and Cassi Rensch.
Funeral service: Wednesday, April 30, at 11 a.m., in Zion Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot. Visitation: Tuesday, April 29, from 3 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
In lieu of flowers or plants the family prefers memorials to Minot Youth for Christ or an organization of the donor's choice.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).