Funeral services for Gordon Krosch of Alberta will be held Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chokio. Father Peter VanderWeyst will be officiating. Visitation will be held Monday from 5 to 8 PM with a prayer service at 7:30 PM at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, rural Chokio. Military rites will be provided by the Chokio American Legion.
Gordon was born in Medford Township in Steele County, MN on April 16, 1923 to Marvin and Margaret (Allis) Krosch. He was the first of their seven children. When Gordon was still a young child, he and his family moved to a ranch near Glendive, Montana, where they lived until he was about 16 years old. After the family moved back to Minnesota, Gordon divided his time between Montana, Minnesota, and western North Dakota, where he worked for his relatives for a time on a ranch near Hazen.
On December 29, 1944 Gordon entered the Navy (interesting way to start a new year!). He saw quite a bit of action in the South Pacific before the war ended. The island of Truk in the Caroline Islands and Palawon in the Philippines were a couple of the places that held a lot of memories for him. He made it to Japan after the war for a very short time; he actually took a (unofficial and highly illegal) day trip into Hiroshima! He always joked that he made it halfway around the world, since they turned him back around and sent his ship back to the US the same way they came. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Navy on July 3, 1946, which of course gave an extra special meaning to "Independence Day" for him!
Gordon bought some land and machinery and began to farm in 1947. He was married to Marian Schuster on June 18, 1949, and they had 54 years together on their farm south of Alberta, until cancer took Marian in 2003. The farm was more than a job to Gordon, working his land was something he always treasured. He was always sure to get the work done in time to go deer hunting, though! He once said he had hunted deer for over 40 years without ever getting "skunked", and many years he got several, some years hunting in Minnesota, Montana, and Wyoming! He has quite an impressive collection of deer horns!
Gordon passed away Friday February 19, 2010 at Merit Care Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota, having reached the age of 86.
He is survived by three daughters: Susan (Steve) Kulberg of Morris, Carol (Doug) Backman of Alberta and Donna Krosch of Fresno County, CA; one son: Jim (Jackie) Krosch of Alberta; 12 Grandchildren: Kathi (Walter) Biesterfeld of Donnelly, Shelly (Kurt) Becker of Watertown, Kelly (Melissa) Backman of Fergus Falls, Randy (Melissa) Backman of Houston, TX, Lori Backman (fiancé: Craig) of Albany, Loni Reneau of Paso Robles, CA, Karen Reneau of Fresno, CA, Linda Reneau of Clovis, CA, Jeremy Reneau of Fresno County, CA, Bradley Krosch of Morris, Amanda Krosch of Anchorage AK and Cody Krosch of Alberta. 12 Great-grandchildren; three brothers: Marshall (Georgia) Krosch of Missoula, MT, Duane Krosch of Alberta, and Craig (Joan) Krosch of Sweet ID and three sisters: Norma (Larry) Olson of Heyburn, ID, Lenora (Vern) Behrens of Wheaton, and Sandra (Harold) Nordstrom of Huron, SD. Gordon was preceded in dead by his wife Marian, daughter Rita, and parents Marvin and Margaret.
Pallbearers for the service are: Bradley Krosch, Amanda Krosch, Cody Krosch, Walter Biesterfield, Haley Hemore and Dennis Henriksen. Becky Draper will serve as organist for the service. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.
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