Gordon Peter Norberg, age 84, of Cokato, died suddenly Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, at the Meeker County Hospital in Litchfield.
He was born Oct. 23, 1925, on the family farm at Knapp, MN to Victor and Selma (Peterson) Norberg. Gordon grew up on this farm, which was homesteaded by his grandparents in 1875, and continues in the family today.
Gordy attended District 102 country school, and graduated from Cokato High School in 1943.
He married Luella Lilga June 27, 1953, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Little Falls. They were blessed with four children.
Gordy was a dairy and crop farmer and resided on the farm until 1988, when he and Luella moved into Cokato. He had also worked at Northland Canning Co. in Cokato, starting in high school and continuing intermittently until 2007.
Gordy enjoyed woodworking, such as building benches, folding tables, and jewelry boxes, and especially loved giving them away. “Just for the principal of it,” he would repair items that many would cast aside.
He was also fascinated by brain-teaser puzzles and waited for the grandchildren to visit to test their abilities. Gordy enjoyed collecting old milk bottles, toy machinery, antique farm tools, and spending time helping Luella tend their garden.
A humble man, Gordy led by example in his quiet daily walk with the Lord. He had been a lifelong member of North Crow River Lutheran Church, where he devotedly served in various capacities and at the time of his death, was a member of the church council.
Gordy is survived by his wife, Luella of Cokato; his four children: Lynnette (and Gordy) Blem of Olivia, Kathy (and Mike) Miller of Annandale, Peter (and Lori) Norberg of Indianapolis, IN, and Mark Norberg (and special friend Vinita Kardell) of Cokato; his 11 grandchildren: Amy Blem, Anna (and Matt) Hogen, Aaron Blem, Adam (and Natalie) Miller, Isaac Miller, Molly (and Shaun) Uecker, Dani Norberg, Andrew Norberg, Melissa Norberg, Megan Norberg and Victor Norberg; his great-grandson, Aric Miller; and his sister, Victoria Norberg of Minneapolis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wendell Norberg and Karl Norberg; and an infant sister.
Funeral services took place Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. at North Crow River Lutheran Church, rural Cokato, with the Rev. Michael Nelson officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church, and continued Wednesday for one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato.