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Darrell Clarence Gjerstad

Darrell Clarence Gjerstad, age 57 of Howard Lake, formerly of Buffalo Center, Iowa, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, at the Buffalo hospital.

Darrell born June 27, 1947, at Buffalo Center, to parents Clarence and Ann (Deling) Gjerstad. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and attended school in Buffalo Center.

Darrell was united in marriage to Muriel Donnelly Oct. 29, 1966, at the United Methodist Church in Buffalo Center. This loving union produced three children: Kristen, Daniel, and Timothy.

Darrell worked as an auto mechanic for Forest City Ford and as a tractor mechanic in Swea City, Iowa. The family lived on a century farm in rural Buffalo Center, until 1986, when they moved to Delano.

Darrell was then employed as a Ford mechanic in Plymouth and Waconia, recently retiring to Howard Lake, where he enjoyed spending time with his loving wife of 37 years.

Darrell loved to fish, garden, and spend time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Muriel, of Howard Lake; daughter Kristen Heenan, her husband, Mark, and their sons, Michael, Aaron, and Matthew, all of Blue Earth; son Daniel Gjerstad, his wife, Stacy, and their children, Tiffany, Ashton, Madison, Peyton, Emily, Daniel, and Catherine, all of Otsego; and son Timothy Gjerstad, his wife, Star, and their children, Devon, Gweneth, and Nicholas, all of Big Lake; grandson Derek Gjerstad of Lake Mills, Iowa; his mother, Ann Gjerstad of Buffalo Center, Iowa; a brother, Norris Gjerstad and his wife, Dana, of St. Boni; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Darrell was preceded in death by his father, Clarence; and by his grandparents.

Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Buffalo Center, with -+Perry Aalgaard officiating. Burial took place at Olena Mound Cemetery, Buffalo Center.

Visitation was Wednesday, Jan. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Winter Funeral Home in Buffalo Center, and continued one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

The Winter Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Buffalo Center handled the arrangements.

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