Gordon Keith Tomlinson, 83, died at this home in Brunswick on
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 after enduring a seven-year battle with
Gordon Keith Tomlinson, 83, died at this home in Brunswick on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 after enduring a seven-year battle with cancer.
Gordon was born July 4, 1926 to parents Gerald and Margie (Sperry) Tomlinson in Granada, Minn. He graduated from Pine City High School. Gordon then joined the United States Army where he served for two years and received survey and instrument training in Tokyo, Japan after his deployment to Hiroshima within three weeks of the dropping of the atomic bomb.
Gordon married Dorothy June Olean in Hinckley, Minn. on November 26, 1949. He was employed by United Engineering in Minneapolis, and Northern Electric Co-op in Virginia, Minn., before retiring from East Central Energy in Braham after 35 years.
He was a kind and devoted family man who loved his country and all of nature. His early military service sparked a passion for airplanes and flying. He enjoyed his final plane ride on his 83rd birthday with his special friend, Milt.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved son Tom, and wife Tracy, brothers Byron and Gerald Jr. and wife Lucille; and sister Ruthellen Berglund.
He is survived by wife Dorothy, daughter Marsha (Mark) Metzler of Winona, sons Timothy (Rosemarie) Tomlinson of Mora, David (Kathleen) Tomlinson of Braham; grandchildren James (Brandy) Franson, Timothy, Molly, Andrew, and Jacob Tomlinson, Sara and Kate Tomlinson; great grandsons Evan and Alex Franson; brother-in-law James Berglund; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Gordon will be greatly missed but not forgotten by all who knew and loved him.
A funeral service was held on Monday, September 28, 2009 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church of Braham with Rev. Rich Chronis presiding. Music was provided by Rich Chronis, Doug Berglund and Ruth Grundyson. Casket bearers were Mike Londgren, Dan Berglund, Robert Olean, Bob Erickson, Dennis Hattenberger, and Wayne Tomlinson. Military Honors were proved by the Mora American Legion. Interment was in the Rice Lake Cemetery of Braham. Arrangements were with the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.