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Gary Gilbertson Nov. 17, 1948 - Oct. 27, 2008

WILLMAR -- Gary Lee Gilbertson, 59, of Willmar died Monday at his home after an extended illness.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. Burial will be in Jevnaker Cemetery in Montevideo. Memorials are preferred.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born Nov. 17, 1948, in Montevideo to Julein and Cora (Saue) Gilbertson. He grew up on the family farm near Montevideo, attended country school and graduated from Montevideo High School in 1966.

He married JoAnn Grages on Feb. 3, 1968, in Montevideo. He graduated from Moorhead State in 1970 and earned his master's degree in business education from St. Cloud State in 1980. He taught business at Willmar High School from 1973 to 1983. In 1983, he began working as the service manager for G & K Services in Montevideo, retiring in 2004. He was a member of Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar, where he served as an usher and van driver for the elderly.

He is survived by his wife; daughter: Jennifer (and Brett) Sims of Austin; two grandchildren; his mother of Montevideo; and his sister: Patricia (and John) Taatjes of Willmar.

He was preceded in death by his father.