Elmer Mark Gorde, 93, Minot, died Thursday, May 2, 2013, at the home of Marilyn and Larry Huff (daughter/son-in-law) in Tucson, Ariz.
He was born Feb. 1, 1920, in Foxholm, the son of Fred and Theresa (Sailer) Gorde. He was raised and educated in Stammen School District through the eighth grade, and attended high school in Foxholm.
On Oct. 19, 1943, he was married to Marian Gilday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Foxholm.
Elmer is survived by: his sister, Ida Bond, Valparaiso, Ind.; brother, David Gorde, St. Paul, Minn.; children, Marilyn (Larry) Huff, Tucson, Sheryl Savin, Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., Mark Gorde, Aurora, Colo., and Patricia (DeWayne) Walker, Rapid City, S.D.; grandchildren, Keleen Huff, Michael (Kristin) Huff, Lauri Huff, Danielle Savin, Christian Savin, Catlin Walker and Cody Walker; and great-grandchildren Michael and Ryan Huff.
Elmer was preceded in death by Marian, his wife of 68 years; his parents; and two brothers, George and Reuben.
He farmed in the Foxholm area for 40 years and retained farming interests until his death. He managed Al’s Gas Station in Burlington from 1940 until World War II. He was the St. Mary’s Township Assessor for four years and served on the township board for six years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Foxholm, and a member and served as president of the Holy Name Society.
Elmer and Marian moved to Minot in 1966. Elmer was employed at the Minot Post Office from 1961 to 1981, when he retired. During the years working for the post office, Elmer served as a substitute rural carrier for four years, worked as a postal clerk, special delivery messenger and in facility maintenance. Elmer received the Incentive Achievement Award while at the post office. He had been a member of the Retired Postal Workers Club since his retirement.
Elmer was a member of Little Flower and St. John the Apostle parishes in Minot from 1966 until June 2012. He served as a Eucharistic minister, member of the Parish Council and served as president of the Holy Name Society and as an usher for 25 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 50 years.
Elmer was an avid sportsman all his life. He loved fishing and hunting and had a general love for the outdoors and nature. He only missed two deer seasons in 60 years.
After the passing of Marian in May 2012, Elmer moved to Tucson and had been living with his daughter, Marilyn, and son-in-law and was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Tucson.
Funeral: Monday, May 13, 2013, at 11 a.m., at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot.
Visitation and Rosary: Visitation will be Sunday, May 12, from noon to 5 p.m., with the rosary Sunday at 5 p.m., all at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Burial: Elmer will be laid to rest beside his wife, Marian, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery, Foxholm, Monday at 2:15 p.m.
Memorials: The family prefers memorials for Masses to be said in Elmer’s name.
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