Owen L. Gertgen, age 94, of Kandiyohi, died Saturday morning, November 21, at Glen Oaks Care Center in New London. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials are preferred to Let's Go Fishing, Willmar Chapter. Funeral arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. www.hafh.org
Owen was born June 9, 1926, in Atwater, Minnesota, the son of Ed Borchardt and Mabel Gertgen. He grew up in the rural Spicer area, was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church near Atwater, and attended school in Atwater. He later attended Dunwoody Institute and Coyne College in Chicago for electrician training. Owen served in the US Navy in both World War II and the Korean War.
On September 19, 1950, he married Dorothy Bagley in Regal. They lived in Regal, Spicer, and Willmar, before moving to Kandiyohi where they have lived for the past 62 years. Owen worked as electrician for 55 years, first at Willmar Electric and H & H Electric, before starting his own business, Trimor Electric in Willmar. He retired in 2006.
He was a member of the Church of St. Patrick in Kandiyohi until its closing and then joined the Church of Our Lady of the Lakes in Spicer. He served as a trustee, lector, and usher and on the building board at the Church of St. Patrick. Owen enjoyed fishing, bird watching, and hunting.
He is survived by his wife: Dorothy Gertgen of Kandiyohi, MN; his four children: Mike (and Becky) Gertgen of Austin, TX, Tom (and Verna) Gertgen of Spicer, MN, Sharon (and Steve) Luft of Kandiyohi, MN, and Jeff (and Millie) Gertgen of Sauk City, WI; ten grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings.
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