Eugene(Gene) Ronald Gordhamer died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, at Lakewood Health Care Center, Staples. He was 80 years old.
He was born to the late Maurice and Elvera (Nelson) Gordhamer on Feb. 14, 1941, on the Gordhamer farm outside of Mora. Later that year, the family moved to Minneapolis. He began school there in 1946 as a kindergartner at Cooper School. In the spring of 1948, the family moved to Ann Lake near Ogilvie, where he entered rural Spring Brook School as a first grader. Growing up on the lake, he trapped, fished and gathered wild rice. As he grew older, he enjoyed hunting and fishing in northern Minnesota and Canada
After graduating from Ogilvie High School in 1959, he worked for Minneapolis Moline and later attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. He trained as a sheet metal worker and was employed by Rosco and LeRoy Sign Corporation until his retirement in 2003. The signs on County Market Stores and the large entrance signs at Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Hinckley are examples of his work.
In 1975, he was united in marriage to Gloria Stevens Wanglie. To this marriage were born two daughters, Rusty Dixon, Minneapolis, Kelly Weiss, Little Falls, and son, Alan who passed away in 1994.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his former wife; son, Alan; and son-in-law, PFC. Robert Dixon.
In addition to his daughters he is survived by his five grandchildren; brother, Larry (Carol) Gordhamer; and sisters, Darlene (Charles) Kientop and Betty Jo (James) Williams.
Burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery, Mora, with final arrangements pending.