Gregory A. Van Natta

Gregory Allen Van Natta, Loving Husband, Son, Brother and Uncle, age 55, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at his home in St. Paul.

Greg was born on May 6, 1957 to Cletus and Barbara (Von Wald) Van Natta in Port Clinton, Ohio. The family moved to Mundelein, Ill., and then in 1966 to Red Wing. Greg graduated from Red Wing High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.

He married Linda (Landby) Van Natta in 1999. Greg was a born entrepreneur. Starting with paper routes and trapping as a kid, pursuing self-employment was his passion. After college he worked jobs in finance and sales, but always worked his own ideas on the side. He was constantly coming up with ideas for new business pursuits.

In 1997, he started a new business, Sunrise Mattress Factory, in Wyoming. Some years later he added Amish furniture. The business eventually moved to Forest Lake and became Sunrise Amish Store.

From the age of 22, Greg lived out a strong faith in Jesus Christ. He was friendly, generous, and kind, and excelled at friendship and prayer. He was a member of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in St. Paul.

He was an outdoors man who enjoyed hunting with his brothers, friends and dog, Max. Greg survived childhood leukemia in the 1960s when chances of survival were next to none. Another type of cancer was diagnosed in 2009.

Greg is survived by his wife, Linda, of St. Paul; mother, Barbara, of Burnsville; sister, Ann (Steven) Nicklaus, of Burnsville; brother, Mark (Lori), of Mazeppa; brother, David, of Red Wing; mother-in-law, Enid Landby; father-in-law, Bill Landby; brother-in-law, Steven (Laurie) Landby; brother-in-law, Scott Landby; nephews, Jeremiah Van Natta, Dominic Nicklaus, Luke Nicklaus, Matthew Landby, and Jeffrey Landby; nieces, Monica Nicklaus, Grace Nicklaus, and Bethany Landby.

He was preceded in death by his father, Cletus, and an infant sister, Mary.

Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Nov. 17, at Nativity of our Lord Catholic Church, St. Paul.  Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights.

Memorials preferred to Franciscan Brothers of Peace.

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