GORDON L.O. ELSTAD
Gordon L.O. Elstad, age 88 of Faribault, died on Sunday, January 11, 2015 while wintering in Arizona.
Memorial services will be held at First English Lutheran Church, Faribault on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault with military rites provided by Rice County Central Veterans Association.
Memorial visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 4 to 7 p.m. and also at the church for one hour prior to the services on Thursday.
Gordon L.O., the son of Ludwig and Olivia (Pederson) Elstad, was born on April 26, 1926 in Webster. He married Edith Fladland on June 20, 1947 in Faribault; she preceded him in death on December 2, 2013. Gordon was employed at Wilson & Company and Firestone both of Faribault; and he owned and operated Gordon Oil Company for over 40 years. He was active with the Lakelanders Barbershop Chorus. Gordon enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with family.
He is survived by four children, Marcia (and Marsh) Lindell of Owatonna, Dan (and Tami) Elstad of Backus, Gail (and Leo) Dery of Chisago City and Jeff (and Gina) Elstad of Owatonna; 13 grandchildren, Chad, Carle, Joel, Jesse, Jared, Josh, Andy, Ben, Angie, Kirsten, Darik, Kaia, and Mikah; 15 great grandchildren; sister, Edna Bull of Minneapolis; and other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Edith; two brothers, Victor Elstad and Norman Elstad; and three sisters, Jeanette Morelan, Lorraine Allen, and Evelyn Nordstrom.
Name: Lynne Minske
Date: Thursday January 22, 2015
Gordy used to deliver bulk gas to our farm when I was a little girl. What made that so special was that he always had tootsie rolls in his truck for me and my brother and sister. We ran to the truck when he pulled in the driveway and he'd hop out with tootsie rolls in both hands. we thought that was great!! I also remember he had a great smile. Thanks for the sweet memory, Gordy. A man that sweet on earth is going to be very popular in heaven.
Name: Roger Wilkowske
Date: Wednesday January 21, 2015
I knew Gordy with his solid/accurate baritone voice while in the Faribault Lakelanders Chorus and echo what the Bondes said about his great smile and positive attitude. One thing he did for us that I'll always remember was to take my wife & I to the Twin Cities International Airport back in the 80's so we could fly to Arizona to drive my folks car back. May God continue to comfort the family and friends...Roger
Name: Gary & Carol Bonde
Date: Tuesday January 20, 2015
Thinking of all of you and extending our sympathy. So sorry we won't be able to make it to the visitation or funeral. Gordy was such a wonderful guy! That big infectious smile and cheerful personality made a huge impact on everyone lucky enough to know him. What a well lived life! Treasure the love & memories. Sending hugs, Gary & Carol Bonde
Name: John and Sandi Burkhartzmeyer
Date: Saturday January 17, 2015
So sorry to hear that Gordy has passed away. He always had a smile for everyone he met and was a friend to all who knew him. So sorry for your loss.
Name: Shirley E. Little & Families
Date: Thursday January 15, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to all your families in the death of your father. He will be missed by the community and all who knew him. Our prayers are with all of you. Shirley Little,& Dan, Cindy, Brian, Annette, Zach, Yvonne, Carrie and families
Name: Tad Turek
Date: Monday January 12, 2015
BIG GORD!!!! The smile on his face and the always positive response to anything Jeff and I would be doing is what I will always remember about Gordy. I recall a time early one Saturday morning when I was a teenager going down to the Sinclair bulk plant and helping/observing Gordy and Jeff change out a flat tire on one of the fuel delivery trucks, and thinking to myself how cool it was to be a part of that event. The lessons he taught to me as a young man about hard work and family are things I will treasure forever. My thoughts and prayers are with his entire family. Deepest Sympathy, Tad