Gordon K. Dalbec, age 77, of rural Howard Lake, died suddenly Sunday, April 27, 2008, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 15, 1931, in Delano, the son of Henry “Hank” and Ida Barfknecht Dalbec. Gordon was baptized Feb. 8, 1931, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Delano by the Rev. E. H. Bruns; and instructed in the Lutheran catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith by the same pastor March 25, 1945.
Gordon attended Delano country school through sixth grade due to family commitments of working on the family farm.
He was united in holy marriage to Malvina Lange July 21, 1954, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown. Pastor Spomer performed the ceremony.
Gordon was a lifetime farmer and also had worked at various jobs including: at the Swift Packing Plant in St. Paul, Delano Granite Works, Delano Elevator, harvesting ice (cutting and hauling to Delano on the train), Green Giant plants in Glencoe, Winsted, and Cokato, driving cars for Jim Dorn, for the Delano Sod Works, and doing 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.
Gordon is survived by his 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; and one great-grandchild, Jordan Koch.
He is further survived by brothers and sisters Harvey (Pat) Dalbec of Delano, Larry (Sheila) Dalbec of Waverly, Joyce (Denny) Anderson of Delano, and Judy (Dareld) Schliinz of Maple Plain; sisters-in-law Mary Dalbec of Rockford, and Marge Dalbec of St. Bonifacius; aunts and uncles Leona and 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 and Beverly Lange of Delano, Jean Pettit of Sauk Centre, Donald and Renee Lange of Delano, and Yvonne Lange of Watertown; nieces and nephews; his morning coffee group; and friends.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Linda Lou Dalbec; his parents, Henry and Ida Dalbec; brothers and sisters-in-law Kenneth and Patricia Dalbec, LeRoy Dalbec, and Robert and Pat Dalbec; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter and Lydia Lange; and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Art Adickes, Leo Roy, Erhard Lange, and Melvin and Arlene Lange.
Funeral services were Thursday, May 1 at 2 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake with Revs. Martin Schoenfeld and Michael Nirva officiating. Interment followed at St. James Cemetery.
A visitation took place Wednesday, April 30 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, with a prayer service at 8 p.m.
Honorary casket bearers were Gordon’s 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.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.