Karlstad - Gordon Donovan Berggren, 80, passed away Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, surrounded by family.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10 at the First Lutheran Church in Karlstad at 10 a.m., with Pastor Gary Halvorson presiding, with interment at the Karlstad Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at 6 p.m. with a prayer service to follow at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Collins Funeral Home in Karlstad.
Gordon was born on June 20, 1933 to Gotfrid and Dagny (Henrickson) Berggren. He attended school and graduated from Strandquist High School in 1951.
In his younger years, Gordon was an excellent dancer and a great basketball player. He enjoyed his time with people and he always cared more about others than himself. He loved telling stories and hearing them also; he always made it a point to remember people’s names. He really enjoyed playing the guitar, the accordion, playing cards (solitaire and pinochle), and driving around looking at the crops and fields. Gordon was a good brother, good uncle, and good friend. He had a heart of gold.
He started working on the Julius Kleinwachter farm while in school and continued for a few years until he was drafted into the United States Army in 1953, he was honorably discharged in 1955, and then went to work for the Milwaukee Railroad and Great Northern Railroad Company.
He bought a home in Circle Pines, and began his career as a bricklayer with the Dean L. Witcher Construction Company from 1956-1968, receiving his journeyman card in 1959. Gordon was excellent at this skill and he had a hand in building some of the schools and hospitals in this area, including Altru in Grand Forks, the Columbia Mall, Northland School in East Grand Forks and the Roseau School.
In 1962, he came home from Circle Pines on week-ends to small grain farm at the homeplace near Karlstad. Then moved back in 1968 to farm full-time, as he worked part-time bricklaying until retiring the bricks in 1997.
Gordon is survived by one brother, Jerome (Kathie) of Strandquist; one sister, Betty Graff of Moorhead; seven nieces and nephews: Bob (Denise) Berggren, Mason City, Iowa, Barb (Gary) Lewis, New Prague, Buddy (Cindy) Berggren, Virgina, Paul (Bonnie) Berggren, Strandquist, Claudia Berggren, Rush City, Larina Berggren, Strandquist, Lisa Graff, Moorhead; great-nieces and great-nephews: Nils, Jens and Bria Berggren, Mason City, Christopher and Barry Lewis, New Prague, Salina Berggren, Virginia, Anthony (Patty) Berggren, Landon and Lexi, Warroad, Mackenzie Berggren, Strandquist, Jessie, Cheyenne, Ari Anne Berggren, Rush City and Kali Oistad, Fargo, N.D., Paulina Berggren, Strandquist, and many cousins and friends.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents, John and Lisa Henrickson and Nils and Ingrid Berggren, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Gordon was loved beyond words by his family and friends and he will be missed by all.