Magner 'Sunny' Sundseth

Jun 10, 1921 - Sep 9, 2012


SUNDSETH, Magner ‘Sunny’

Was joyfully reunited with his true love, Virginia Sundseth, on Sunday, Sept. 09, 2012. Born and baptized in Melhus, Norway June 10, 1921 he was the last surviving brother of three, with Olaf and John Sundseth. Magner came to America by ship with parents Ingebrigt and Oline-Jonland Sundseth 9 mos. old and settled in Dunsmuir, CA where he spent his childhood years and became an Eagle Scout. Utterly fascinated with the dream of flying and having wanted to be a pilot since he was a boy, he later moved to Sacramento to pursue a degree in aeronautical engineering at Sacramento City College. Top in his class after 75% had washed-out, Magner was hand-selected before graduation to begin his service with the U.S. Army Air Corps. Thus, his distinguished military career began.

A thorough man with every task, Magner always got the job done – the first time. He was a real bulldog. You just didnt mess with Magner Sundseth. He always had ample evidence to back up everything he supported. That’s why every promotion he received was at the request of a higher commanding officer. While Magner was working as a Crew Chief on a fleet of P-38’s during WWII, Lt. Col. Doolittle sent his top man to ask him to be a Project Manager on the line with his B-25’s which would later be sent to perform the first bomb raid on Tokyo, 1942. While serving as Inspector for Quality Control in the Inspector General’s office, Magner and his team were asked by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, during a visit to CA, to inspect the Presidential Airplane before leaving Sacramento. Magner was also hand-selected to be an integral part of the research and planning as part of the NASA Space Recovery Program later in his U.S. Government career.

Outside of the no-nonsense demeanor at work, Magner Sundseth was a gentle man with an undying twinkle in his eye. Highly esteemed by all who knew him, Magner was full of life, vigor, and love. He was everyone’s ‘Dad’; everyone’s ‘Grandpa.’ Magner never created enemies in life; only friends and deep respect.

His faith was like that of a child. God’s light shined through him to everyone graced by his calming presence. Always optimistic, yet sensible and real, Magner was an advocate for truth in every circumstance. He always boasted of God’s continuing miracles. His beloved church, Town & Country Lutheran was his second home, where he served the Lord for many years with all of his treasured friends, of whom he would speak so highly until his last day with us.

As much as Magner himself still lives today through the gift of Eternal Life from Jesus Christ, so also his legacy lives on in our memories and through those he left to serve today: daughters: Rhonda Gritzmacher and Janene Love; grandchildren: Ricky, Erika, Svea, and Annie; great-grandchild: Isabella; neices/nephews: Bjorn & Vesla in Norway, Arlen (in Heaven too), Karen, Carolyn, Michael, & Mark.

VIEWING: East Lawn Mortuary (Sierra View Mem. Park, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacto, 95841) Sun. 2-5pm & Mon. 2-7pm. SERVICES: Town & Country Lutheran Church (4049 Marconi Ave, Sacto 95821). Tuesday Sept. 18. Pre-Service Viewing @ 10:30am. Memorial Service @ 11am. Reception @ 12pm. Then, interment at East Lawn Mortuary (Sierra View Mem. Park) @ 2pm.


  • Millie (Connors) Orr says:

    He will always be Mr Sundseth to me! His oldest daughter Rhonda was one of my best friends. Our parents were really good friends! He was a gentle man with a huge heart! I remember we got into his box of Cheese crackers & wiped them out! He will be sorely missed! He was a man of great Faith in Jesus ,our Lord & Savior!

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