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Gerald A. Plaisted Sept. 26, 1919 - Feb. 9, 2009

MAHTOMEDI -- Gerald A. Plaisted, 89, formerly of Willmar, died Feb. 9 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

The service will be at 11 a.m. April 16 at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

He was born Sept. 26, 1919, in Breckenridge to Olaf and Carrie (Auman) Plaisted. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on a minesweeper in the Pacific Theater. He earned his doctor of optometric degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1948. He practiced optometry in Willmar for 41 years.

He and his wife, Betty, were married for 37 years. After his retirement in 1990, they moved to Fallbrook, Calif.

He was a lifetime member of the Salvation Army board of directors in Willmar, the Willmar Chamber of Commerce and the Methodist Church. He was a performer and supporter of the Barn Theatre. He was a member of the Minnesota Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. He was a member of the Christ the King Lutheran Church and Fallbrook's Newcomer Organization.

He is survived by his wife; daughters: Joan Plaisted, Pamela Plaisted, Joy Plaisted (and husband Royd Bjornoy), Kathleen (and Arthur) Benedict and Belinda Ball (and husband Richard Schwantes and ex-husband Joseph DiSanto); three grandchildren; siblings: Beverly Masog, Richard Plaisted and Glen (and Dolores) Plaisted.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter: Rosebud; and a brother.