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Gordon Sleen

Feb. 15, 1929-June 16, 2009

Gordon D. Sleen, 80, of Pelican Rapids, died suddenly on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls.

Gordon Duane Sleen was born the son of Arnold and Gilma (Nettestad) Sleen on Feb. 15, 1929, at his family's homestead in Erhard's Grove Township. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school at District 146. While growing up, Gordy enjoyed hunting many kinds of animals, fishing and working on the farm.

Gordy married Velma Jacobson on Aug. 26, 1949, in Webster, S.D. They made their life in Dunn Township, Minn., and had three children; Carol, Kurt and Steve. Gordy worked for Great Northern Railroad, for approximately 10 years and then drove truck for Evenson Trucking until his retirement. Velma passed away in 1991. In his retirement years, he moved back to his family's homestead and spent much of his time on Lake Lida, living the life of Gordy's luxury. He will be greatly missed.

Surviving Gordy are his three children, Carol (Jude) Paré of Pelican Rapids, Kurt (DeAnna) Sleen of Vergas and Steve (Marion) Sleen of Vergas; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and two sisters, Nancy Johnson of Aurora, Minn., and Joann (Alvin) Glawe of Vergas; special friend, Marilyn Bengston; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Velma; parents, Arnold and Gilma; and two sisters, Lula Erickson and Margie Lockwitzer.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 19, at Larson Funeral Home, Pelican Rapids, and resumes Saturday for one hour prior to the start of services.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20 at Larson Funeral Home, Pelican Rapids, with burial at Bagstevold Cemetery in Erhard.

The family wishes to say thank you to all of Gordy's special friends who helped look out for him, visited him, and took drives with him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred sent to Bagstevold Cemetery in Erhard.

Larson Funeral Home in Pelican Rapids was entrusted with arrangements. An online guestbook is available at