Albert William Hammerlund, “Bill” age 79 of Independence went to be with Jesus on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. He was born April 19, 1933 to Albert and Eleanor (Sawyer) Hammerlund in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Bill was the owner of Hammerlund Manufacturing located in Hopkins, Minnesota for 60 years (53+ years in the same location). He was active in the American Saddlebred Association as an Owner/Shower/Breeder for over 50 years. He was a graduate of St. Louis Park High School and Gustavus Adolphus where he was active in football, wrestling, hockey and softball. Bill was active in coaching his sons and grandsons teams over the years. He was born again in Jesus in 1968, wonderfully changing his life forever.
Bill was preceded in death by his son Aaron; his parents Albert and Eleanor Hammerlund, siblings Robert Hammerlund, Kenneth Hammerlund, Pat Adickes and Beth Farniok. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Linn; children Lauren Hammerlund, Matthew Hammerlund, Anne Thommes, and Christina Wagner; 9 grandchildren: Mason, Madeleine and Miles Hammerlund, Ashlinn, Caleb and Sawyer Thommes, Jordan, Aaron and Sunday Wagner; brother George (Harriet) Hammerlund; as well many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial services were held on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Delano Evangelical Free Church. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.