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Gordon O Gilbertson

April 5, 1928 — December 13, 2016

Gordon Gilbertson, 88, died on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Palliative Care of Sanford Hospital in Fargo. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 AM, Friday, December 16, 2016 at Hope Lutheran Brethren Church in Barnesville, MN with Rev Kevin Skaret officiating. Burial will follow in Gran Cemetery, rural Rollag, MN. Visitation will be held from 5-8 PM, Thursday, December 15, 2016 at Dobmeier Funeral Home with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Tuesday. Gordon Orvin Gilbertson was born on April 5, 1928 to Gustav and Olga (Enger) Gilbertson in Tansem Township, MN.  He grew up on various farms around Barnesville.  He attended country school through the 8th grade.  He served in the Army from 1954-1956 serving in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fort Eustis in Virginia; and Thule Greenland.  He was united in marriage to Claudia Delores Bekkerus on October 28, 1955 at the Assembly of God Church in Barnesville, MN.  After Gordon’s military service, they made their home east of Barnesville, MN where they farmed with his father and brother, before taking it over.  He retired from farming in 1993.  After retirement, he rented out his farmland, but continued to help the renters out for quite a few years.  Gordon’s interests included hunting and trapping.  He also liked to do landscaping, planting trees and evergreens.  He is survived by four children:  Robert “Bob” (Kim) Gilbertson of Barnesville, MN; Marlene (Dale) Neuschwander of Barnesville, MN; Lucille “Lucy” (Phil) Kemper of Fargo, ND; and Arthur (Michele) Gilbertson of Kindred, ND; nine grandchildren:  Jessica, David, Ruth, Elizabeth, Joshua Gilbertson, Emily (Daley) Monson, Benjamin, Cameron, and Levi Gilbertson;  one brother Orrie (Arlene) Gilbertson, Pelican Rapids, MN; and one sister Etta Bekkerus, Glyndon, MN; and many nieces and nephews.  Gordon was preceded in death by his wife Claudia in 2013; his parents;  one sister Martha (Vern) Shaner; and a nephew Elwood Shaner.  Funeral Folder
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