Rev. Gerald Duane Alger, age 74, of Walker, formerly of Dassel, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at his home.
Funeral services will be Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Church in Walker, with Pastors Mark Widman, John Dainsberg, and Wallace Pratt officiating.
Visitation will be Friday evening, May 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Dennis Funeral Home in Walker, and will continue Saturday, one hour prior to the service, at the church. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
The Dennis Funeral Home of Walker assisted the family in making service arrangements. Share on-line condolences at www.dennisfuneralhome.com
Gerald was born Dec. 27, 1936, in Onigum, MN, at the first Indian hospital, the son of Gerrald Donald and Frelove Victoria (Mohawk) Alger. He grew up and attended school in Cass Lake.
Following his schooling, Gerald worked in the woods, worked for the railroad, did welding, and roofing, which became his trade of choice. He lived in California for a short time, where he studied carpentry at a community college.
He and his family then moved back to Minnesota, living in Bloomington, and settling in Dassel, where he worked in construction and continued raising his children.
It was also during this time that he met and was nurtured and mentored by Rev. Wallace and Lorraine Pratt of the Dassel Evangelical Covenant Church. Through that relationship, Gerald answered the call into ministry. He attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College), and graduated in 1977.
Gerald then went on to attend North Park Seminary in Chicago. He was ordained into the Evangelical Covenant Church in 1982, and served his internship in Garrison, MN, at Little Flower Mission, then went on to Glad Tidings Ministry on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. He founded Faith Mission Ministries of Minneapolis and served there five years.
Gerald and Sue moved back to Cass Lake and started Faith Mission Indian Ministries, the Faith Mission Anishinabe Bible Chapel, and founded the Anishinabe Bible Camp on Sucker Bay. which they ran for 20 years.
Pastor Alger worked for Teal’s Supermarket in Cass Lake the past three years of his life. His boss always said that the parking lot of Teal’s was Pastor Alger’s church because he loved to minister any chance he could.
Gerald and Sue’s retirement home was in Walker, but Gerald never “retired” from ministry. He continued sharing Jesus with people, even living his last day on earth caring for the needs of others.
He served on the Ottertail Township Board for 16 years, and was a member of the Dassel Covenant Church in Dassel, and Calvary Church in Walker.
Gerald enjoyed ricing, hunting, fishing, making maple syrup, and was famous for his canned jams and jellies. He loved to sing and listen to music, especially gospel and country western. He was a hard worker, a competitive card player, and a jokester with a silly sense of humor.
Gerald never stopped studying, and at last count, had read through the Bible 37 times. He loved learning and growing in his faith and was passionate about living what he believed. His love for the Lord, and his family, was most important. His presence will be missed.
Gerald is survived by his wife, Delores “Sue” L. Alger; children, Denise Alger (Richard), Bruce Alger, Mike Hinck, Holly Alger, and Kandy (Al) Vogelpohl; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brothers Donald (Vi) Mohawk, Alvy (Ginny) Alger, Keith (Delores) Alger, and Willie Alger; sisters Geraldine Harnoise, Donna Warren, Margaret Antell, Lenore (Russell) Gerber, and Rosie (Danny) Olson, sisters-in-law Lynda Alger, Nan Anderson, and Shirley Posch; brother-in-law Ed Lane; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerrald and Frelove Alger; son Terrance Alger; four brothers, Vernon, Knute, Emmet, and Ronald’ and grandchildren Alisha Alger, Joseph Alger, Heather Alger, and Dylan Alger-Gilbert.