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Gordon LeRoy Selander, 88

Gordon LeRoy Selander, 88, of Red Wing, died Saturday, Nov. 2, under hospice care at his home in the Downtown Plaza.

He was born April 21, 1925, in Vasa Township, son of Harris and Lillian (Peterson) Selander. Gordon attended and graduated from Red Wing Central High School. In 1950, he entered the U.S. Army where he served as Corporal, and in 1952 he was honorably discharged at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin. Gordon married Bernice Venekamp on May 23, 1953, in Ruthton, Minn. He made his living for 32 years, as an assemblyman for Central Research. He retired in 1990. Bernice died Oct. 12, 2009. On Oct. 9, 2010, Gordon married Phyllis Ihrke, who survives him. Gordon was a member of First Lutheran Church and the Golden K Kiwanis Club.

Gordon is survived by his three children, son Stan (Gladys) Selander of Ramsey, Minn., and their children, Nathan ((Annie) Colin, Karyn, and Clark)), Kristen (Eric) Mattsson, and Karl (Amanda), daughter Sherri (Peter) Speerstra of Pigeon Falls, Wis., and their children Matt and Larissa; and daughter Louise (Ron) Christenson of Eau Claire, Wis., and their children Sara and Shad; sister, Marcia Carlson; as well as, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice; his parents; brother, Stanley; and sister, Carol.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at First Lutheran Church, with Reverend Brian Scott officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel.

Memorials preferred to Mayo Red Wing Hospice, or First Lutheran Church.

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