Elwood Gormsen died on April 18, 1999.
He was born May 10 in Thief River Falls. Graduated from the Crookston Agricultural College served two years in the Army. After graduating from Brown Institute in Minneapolis he worked for 32 years for Northwestern Bell, AT&T and Lucent Technologies.
God blessed hin with the gift of giving, patience and kindness. His shining example and faithfulness to God will live forever in our hearts.
He was the loving husband of Dorothy and dear father of Eldon (Sara) Gormsen of Mankato, Lonnie (Shelley) Gormsen of Browns Mills, NJ, Danelle (Bob) Caulfield of Grand Forks, ND, and grandfather of Marcus and Casandra of NJ, Laura Beth, Jacob, Dylan and Mary of Mankato, Jocie and Collin of Grand Forks and son-in-law of Badger, also surviving are many cousins, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Aksel and Esther Gormsen of Gatzke and Middle River.
Funeral services were held April 21, 1999 in Edinbrook Church, Brooklyn Park, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Ivan Veldhuizen officiating. Pianist was Melissa Palkke of Grand Rapids. Soloists were Tammy Vacura of Castle Rock, CO, singing “Amazing Grace” and Lloyd Nordenstrom of Madison, WI, singng “How Great Thou Art” and “In The Garden”. Reflection was by Lucent co-workers, Donna Forsman and Steve Firkus; his children, Danelle Caulfield, Eldon and Lonnie Gormsen.
The Service closed with the congregation singing “He Lives” and a prayer.
Casketbearers were Danny Gunderson of Rochester, Brian Gunderson of Aurora, Mark Gunderson of Grand Rapids, Tim Palkki of Grand Rapids, Dion Gunderson of Rosemount, Dana and Dale Gunderson of Roseau.
Honorary casketbearers were Gene Hanson of Thief River Falls, Carlyle Hanson of Roseau and Lowell and Harry Scramstad of Middle River.
Interment at Thief Lake Cemetery near Our Saviors Church at Thief Lake with Pastor Vic Luiken, friend from Grand Forks, officiating.
Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky