Karlstad – Gordon E. Jelle, 86, passed away Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 at Karlstad Senior Living.
A celebration of Gordon’s life will be held at the Grygla Community Center on Friday, Sept. 9 beginning at 2 p.m. All family and friends are welcome to attend and share memories.
Gordon E. Jelle was born May 30, 1930 in Hamre Township, Beltrami County to Julius and Olga (Overby) Jelle. He was the youngest of five boys. He graduated from high school in Grand Rapids, from the North Central School of Ag in 1949. Gordon enlisted in the US Navy in 1951, serving on the USS LST 400. He was honorably discharged in 1955.
On Feb. 20, 1952 he was united in marriage to Donna Stanley in Minneapolis. To this union, four children were welcomed: Greg (Lynette), Grygla, Scott, Thief River Falls, Kim Larson (Danny), Chugiak, AK, and Tomas (Muff), Mingus, Texas.
After his discharge in 1955, the Jelle family returned to Grygla, where Gordon began his lifelong adventure with the Soil Conservation Services, Dept of Ag.
He worked in Grygla, Red Lake Falls, and retired from the Thief River Falls office in 1980. Gordon was well known around the entire area for his surveying abilities and commitment to good farming land.
Gordon enjoyed a long and full retirement. Ice Fishing, prairie dog shooting, and lending a helping hand to local farmers when needed, filled his days. He was always on an adventure.
Gordon is survived by his wife of 64 years, Donna, three sons, Greg (Lynette), Scott, and Tomas (Muff) and one daughter, Kim (Danny) Larson. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, Kaye Jelle (James), Myrtle Jelle (Deane) Lorrayne Jelle (Belmont), and Delores Salzl (Willard), and Ida Stanley, numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers-James, Dean, Belmont, and Willard and an infant sister, Ellie.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.