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Gordon Goepferd

April 7, 1920-Nov. 7, 2011

Former Detroit Lakes and Pelican Rapids resident Gordon Hartwell Goepferd, 91, of Fergus Falls, died Monday, November 7, 2011, at Broen Memorial Home, Fergus Falls.

Gordon Goepferd was born the son of Henry and Mabel (Holm) Goepferd on April 7, 1920 at their home in Bartlett Township, Todd County, Minn. He went to country schools, then to high school in Verndale, Minn., graduating in l938.

Gordon took teacher's training at St. Cloud State, then taught country school for two years. While in high school and college, he played baseball, basketball and football. In June l942 he entered military service as a member of the Army Air Corps, serving in North Africa. He was honorably discharged on Christmas Day, l945.

On June 12, l946, Gordon was united in marriage to Jean Pettersen. To this union five children were born. Gordon and Jean lived in Detroit Lakes for 22 years. He worked for Northern Pacific Railroad as a railroad warehouse clerk. While in Detroit Lakes Gordon was instrumental in the building of the present Trinity Lutheran Church.

He and his brothers also built a new home for their mother in seven long weekends.

Gordon enjoyed hunting and fishing with good friends. Pitching softball was a pastime he enjoyed, and winning the Detroit Lakes Invitational Tournament was the highlight of his pitching career. In one of the games he pitched a no-hitter.

In l969, after being laid off from the railroad, he and Jean bought the Wash-Inn Laundromat and moved to Fergus Falls. Gordon was called back to work for AMTRAC in Detroit Lakes, while Jean was teaching in Pelican Rapids, so in 1974 they moved to Pelican Rapids, where the two of them built their own home.

Jean died August 23, l992. In 1997 Gordon moved back to Fergus Falls to be closer to his children. In later years he enjoyed watching sports and spending time at the lake cabin.

He was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church and the Senior Citizens of Fergus Falls.

Gordon is survived by his five children: Ivan Goepferd, Cameron, Mont., Karla (Rick) Johnson, Fergus Falls, Meredith (Dan) Weiby, Oakes, N.D., Heidi (Reggie) Schwartz, Dent, Minn., Collin (Linda) Goepferd, Fergus Falls; seven grandchildren: Andrea Johnson Zachary, Richfield, Minn., April Johnson, Moorhead, Denise (Scott) Weiby German, Oakes, Karl Weiby, Rock Springs, Wyo., Jessie Englund Eastwood, Fergus Falls, Aaron (Cristie) Goepferd, Fergus Falls and Kate Goepferd, Oakland, Calif.; 10 great grandchildren: Brianne Zachary, Hunter, Ethan, Mason and Karsen German, Madeline, Macey and Lincoln Eastwood, Hope and Gavin Goepferd; brothers: Harold (Marge) Goepferd, Bertha, Minn., and Raymond Goepferd, Henning, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Jean; his parents; and granddaughter Lara Beth Goepferd Morris.

Visitation was 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Larson Funeral Home, Pelican Rapids, and continued one hour before Friday's service at the church.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 in Augustana Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls, with Pastor Phillip Tobin officiating. Burial was in the Balsamlund Cemetery, Aldrich, Minn.

Pallbearers were the "Cousin Club" -- Denise Weiby German, Andrea Johnson Zachary, April Johnson, Karl Weiby, Lara Goepferd, Aaron Goepferd, Jessie Englund Eastwood and Kate Goepferd.

Larson Funeral Home, Pelican Rapids, provided arrangements. An online guestbook is at