Grand Forks, N.D. – James Gordon Caldis, formerly a long-time resident of Grand Forks, N.D., passed away October 15, 2016 at the Veteran’s Home of California in Fresno.
A memorial service will be held at the Veteran’s Home of California – Fresno at 10 am, November 30, 2016. Interment will be at Grand Forks Memorial Park Cemetery.
Gordon was born March 26, 1920 in Bertha to Marie and James Caldis. He grew up and attended school in Thief River Falls. He played three sports at UND, graduating in 1942. He married LeNore Ulvedal in 1943 prior to serving with distinction as a PT boat Captain during WW II. He graduated from UND Law School in 1948 and served as state’s attorney for GF County from 1950 to 1956. He then held the office of city attorney for 19 years.
He served local residents in the private practice of law for more than 60 years and was a past chamber president. He was a member of the UND Athletic Board of Control for over 50 years, received the Sioux Award in 1970, was elected to the UND Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983 and received the UND Leadership Award in 1987. In 2010, he was bestowed with the Henry Havig Award for Community Service by the Chamber of Commerce. Gordy rarely missed a sporting event during all of his years in Grand Forks and was devoted to his beloved Fighting Sioux until the end.
Gordon moved to Fresno, CA in 2012 and became one of the first residents accepted into the new Veteran’s Home of California where he lived out the remainder of his years as the “Commander” among many fellow brothers in arms.
Gordon is survived by his sister Betty (David) Westergren, Miltona; four children, Jack (Linda), Phoenix, AZ; Coralyn (Gary) Oines, Sitka, AK; William (Roxanne), Evergreen, CA; Camille (Jerry) Johnson, Fresno, CA; eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his parents, his wife LeNore, sister Phyllis Gustafson, daughter Lorna Fair, and second wife Elaine Vig.
Memorials may be sent to the Calvary Lutheran Church Music Fund, the UND Foundation, Grand Forks YMCA, or the Allied Resident Council Memorial Fund, c/o Veteran’s Home of California – Fresno, 2811 W California Ave, Fresno, CA 93706.