Gordon W. Keesling, 89Gordon W. Keesling, a World War II veteran, passed away Friday, March 16, after a very short stay at the Pepin Manor. He had been disabled for quite a while.
Gordon W. Keesling, a World War II veteran, passed away Friday, March 16, after a very short stay at the Pepin Manor. He had been disabled for quite a while.
He was born in Wayzata, Minn., on July 20, 1922. In 1947, he married Lorene Fleming from Stockholm, Wis. They lived in Hopkins, Minn., for over 20 years. He installed linoleum, tile, and Formica counters in many Twin Cities area homes. He was a member of the Carpenters Union. In 1970, they moved to the Stockholm-Pepin area, bought a hobby farm, and ran a secondhand store with antiques from there.
Gordon loved to hunt, fish and garden. For 10 years, he and Lorene headed south for the winters but then decided to stay put and enjoy the Wisconsin winters.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Wallace and Dorothy Keesling.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lorene, and four children: Keith (Janis) Keesling of Vadnais Heights, Minn.; Dawn (Tom) Fischer of Red Wing, Minn., and Apache Junction, Ariz.; Renee (Gary) Elberg and Dorothy (Jason) Peters, both of Pepin, Wis.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; brother, Jerry Keesling of Big Lake, Minn.; and sister, Beverly Bernhardt of Duluth, Minn. We will all miss him so much.
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Oakwood Cemetery in Pepin with Pastor Karna Baseman officiating. Military rites will be provided by Durand American Legion Post #181. A memorial gathering with a luncheon will follow at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church Hall in Pepin. Friends may also call 1 hour prior to the graveside service at the church.
Goodrich Funeral Home is assisting the family.
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