James Waldon Gunderson passed away on January 24, 2006. Services will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 27 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road in Lawrenceville. Visitation is at 5 p.m., prior to the funeral service. James was a dear and cherished son, brother, husband, father and grandpa. He was born on December 5, 1933 in his much-loved hometown of Colfax, Wisconsin. He was the proud son of the late Gilbert and Josephine Gunderson. James grew up in Colfax and later graduated from his prized University of Wisconsin (UW) at Madison, with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. It was at UW where he began his passion for a newspaper career, serving as sports editor of the campus paper, The Daily Cardinal. Upon graduating from UW, James continued on with his lengthy and esteemed journalism career, working for Thomson, Lee Enterprises and Gannett newspapers. With great talent and faithful diligence, he was promoted up the newspaper chain while working in a number of states--serving as a sports editor, columnist, editorial page editor, production manager, general manager, and then reaching his goal of becoming a newspaper publisher. In his later years, James received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Nazareth College in Michigan. He also worked as a labor analyst for Grumman Olson in Sturgis, Michigan; and as a regional manager for seminars and training at Walk Thru the Bible Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia. James was an active member of Hebron Church in Dacula, Georgia. An intelligent, gentle and kind person with many creative talents and tremendous integrity, his faith and family were of most importance to him. He is preceded in death by his parents (Gilbert and Josephine) and his brother, A. Duane Gunderson. He is survived by his beloved wife, Joyce Allene Gunderson; his son, Thomas James Gunderson; his daughter, Mary Joyce Switzer; his grandson, Aaron James Switzer; his son-in-law, James Russell Switzer; and his daughter-in-law, Yvonne Faith Gunderson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in honor of James Gunderson (with a note designated for “Alzheimer's Research”) be sent to: Suzanne Baker, Director of Development/Neurology, Emory University, 1841 Clifton Road, NE/Suite 212, Atlanta, GA 30329, or donations sent to: Hebron Baptist Church Library, 202 Hebron Church Road, P.O. Box 279, Dacula, GA 30019. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 770-962-3100.