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Gordan Warnke

Gordan L. "Gordy" Warnke, 72, of Pelican Rapids, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014 at his home, under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family, following a long battle with lung cancer.

A memorial mass will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22 at St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church, 20996 Co. Hwy. 20, Detroit Lakes, with fellowship to begin two hours prior to the service at the church.

Burial will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Detroit Lakes. To leave online condolences, please visit

Gordan was born January 12, 1942, the youngest of two sons born to Orville and Lucille (Schooler) Warnke in Detroit Lakes. Gordan grew up in the Detroit Lakes area, where he attended Detroit Lakes High School, graduating with the class of 1960.

Following high school, he enlisted in the United States National Army, then Air Guard. He served for six years.

Gordan met Sylvia Geray in Detroit Lakes. The couple was married at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Beaulieu on June 30, 1962. The couple was blessed with three sons: Jeff, Jesse and James.

The couple made their home in the Fargo-Moorhead area, where Gordan worked as a delivery truck driver for Bunny Bread for a number of years, then gained employment at Red Owl Warehouse, where he worked for more than 20 years before retiring.

The couple retired to Lake Ida near Pelican Rapids, where they enjoyed retirement.

Gordy enjoyed hunting and fishing, along with golf. He had a hobby farm for a number of years as well and took care of several animals. He and Sylvia took short trips around the area, enjoying the scenic nature the area has to offer.

Most of all, he enjoyed his family and his friends. He was a very social person and enjoyed visiting with people. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sylvia of Pelican Rapids; three sons, Jeff of Pelican Rapids, Jesse (Rose Bradford) of Moorhead and James (D'Ann) of O'Fallon, Ill.; five grandchildren, Kristopher, Zach, Taylor, Teagan and Allison; two great grandchildren; along with many sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

His parents and his brother, Arnold, preceded him in death.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences may be shared at