AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME- MORA
Thomas Gmahl, of Mora, passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the FirstLight Health System in Mora. He was 76 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
INURNMENT will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Mora.
Thomas Albert Gmahl of Mora, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the FirstLight Health Systems in Mora. He was 76 years old.
Tom was born May 1, 1940 in Brainerd, MN to Albert and Vera (Congdon) Gmahl. He grew up living on Gull Lake and later rural Brainerd where he attended Brainerd High School.
Tom met Joyce Black in California where he was serving in the Navy SeaBees. After his discharge, he returned home to Brainerd. He married Joyce on June 27, 1964 at St. Kathryn’s Catholic Church in Ogilvie. Tom and Joyce had three children; Chris, Wendy, and Jeremy. He worked many years in construction for Arcon and Barton’s Sand and Gravel where he retired after 28 years. Tom also worked transporting Boatel houseboats around the U.S.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing, old cars, and going to races. His treasures were his John Deere tractors, his 1952 Ford truck, and his 1946 Ford Sedan Delivery. Tom loved being outdoors. One of his favorite places to hunt and fish was Bena, MN where he hunted and fished since he was 11 years old with his parents, aunts and uncles, and later with his sons and friends. He also spent many winter weekends fishing on Mille Lacs Lake and Gull Lake.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Vera Gmahl, his sister, Lou Koering, and brother-in-law, Bernie Koering, and one great niece Nicole (Black) Reed.
Tom is survived by his wife Joyce, his children, Chris (Jenni) Gmahl of Mora; Wendy (Kyle) Smart of Mora; and Jeremy (Holly) Gmahl of Cohasset, MN; grandchildren, Reed, Cole, Connor, and Carter Gmahl, Kaden, Jonah, and Dawson Smart, and Benson Gmahl; brothers-in-law, Marnel (Linda) Black, Marlen “Pug” (Nancy) Black, Denis (Shaleen) Black, Richard “Zeke” Black; sisters-in-law Jean (Bob) Markl; Jean Black; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.