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January 15th, 1931 – Sunday, April 27, 2008

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St. James Lutheran Church of H
Thursday, May 1st, 2008

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Gordon K. Dalbec, age 77, of rural Howard Lake died suddenly Sunday, April 27, 2008 at his residence.

He was born on January 15, 1931 in Delano the son of Henry “Hank” & Ida Barfknecht Dalbec.

Gordon was baptized on February 8, 1931 at Mount Oli ve Lutheran Church in Delano by Pastor E.H. Bruns. He was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on March 25, 1945 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church by Pastor E.H. Bruns.

He attended Delano country school through 6th grade due to family commitments of working on the family farm.

On July 21, 1954, Gordon Dalbec and Malvina Lange were joined in holy marriage at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown. Pastor Spomer performed the ceremony.

Gordon was a lifetime farmer and also previously worked at The Swift Packing Plant in St. Paul, Delano Granite Works, Delano Elevator, harvested ice where he cut and hauled to Delano on the train, Green Giant Plants in Glencoe, Winsted and Cokato, drove cars for Jim Dorn, Delano Sod Works and did custom farm work for many area farmers in the Delano, Watertown and Hollywood Township areas.

He was a faithful member of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.

Survived by loving wife: Malvina Dalbec; children: Randy Dalbec of Montrose, Janet (James) Koch and Janell (Jeffrey) Koch all of Winsted; grandchildren: Jennifer Koch, Jacquelyne Koch, Jason Koch, Jillian Koch and Joel Koch; great grandchild: Jordan Koch; brothers and sisters: Harvey (Pat) Dalbec of Delano, Larry (Shelia) Dalbec of Waverly, Joyce (Denny) Anderson of Delano, Judy (Dareld) Schliinz of Maple Plain; sisters-in-law: Mary Dalbec of Rockford and Marge Dalbec of St. Bonifacious; aunts and uncles: Leona & Ambrose Yantes of Delano, Dorothy Dalbec of Delano and Lloyd Dalbec of Montrose; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Dolores Adickes of Glencoe, Vera Roy of Watertown, Clifford & Beverly Lange of Delano, Jean Pettit of Sauk Centre, Donald & Renee Lange of Delano and Yvonne Lange of Watertown; nieces & nephews; his morning coffee group and friends.

Preceded in death by an infant daughter: Linda Lou Dalbec; his parents: Henry & Ida Dalbec, brothers and sisters-in-law: Kenneth & Patricia Dalbec, LeRoy Dalbec and Robert & Pat Dalbec, father-in-law & mother-in-law: Carl & Lydia Lange; brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law: Art Adickes, Leo Roy, Erhard Lange and Melvin & Arlene Lange.

Funeral services for Gordon Dalbec were held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, May 1st at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Pastor Martin Schoenfeld and Pastor Michael Nirva officiated. Interment followed at St. James Cemetery.

A visitation was held from 4-9 P.M. Wednesday, April 30th at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A Prayer Service was held at 8:00 P.M. Wednesday evening.

Honorary Casket Bearers were grandchildren: Jennifer Koch, Jacquelyne Koch, Jillian Koch and Jordan Koch.

Casket Bearers were Jason Koch, Joel Koch, Ernie Barfknecht Jr., Roger Roy, Michael Hensel and Virgil Dalbec.

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Nancy Dalbec Snyder

    I have good memories of Uncle Gordon and how he used to fill the water tanks with ice and strawberry, grape, and orange pop for family functions. He was a travel buddy to my Dad (in his later years) and I appreciated that. He once shared stories about going to dances when he was a teenager and that was memorable. My prayers are with Malvina, my cousins and their families at this time.

  2. Kris (Kuhnau) Gutzke

    Malvina, Randy, Janet, and Janell and families:

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss, our prayers are with you in the healing process. Take care and remember he will always be watching out for you.

  3. Harry & Cathy Schlecht

    We are truly sorry to hear about your loss. May the sun shine upon you and your family during this time of grief. We are thinking of you always.


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