GORDIE L. HEIM

AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA

Gordon “Gordie” Heim, of Mora, passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the FirstLight Health System in Mora.  He was 88 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Dean Oelkfe officiating.

VISITATION will be held from 5- 7 pm on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.

INTERMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family.

Gordon “Gordie” Heim, of Mora, passed into Glory on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the FirstLight Health System in Mora. He was 88 years old.

Gordon was born on March 18, 1929 in Lignite, North Dakota, to Anna and John Heim. He was the sixth of seven children in his family. After his father abandoned the family, Anna’s two brothers came to rescue her and the children, bringing them to Ogilvie, Minnesota to live with them.

When Gordie was only eight years old he was diagnosed with a serious heart murmur and was sent to a Christian camp for sick children. There he became committed to his relationship with God, and was a dedicated Christian for the rest of his life.

During his teen years he lived with his sister Cleone and her family in Ogilvie, and would work in the harvest fields at his oldest sister, Marian’s family farm in North Dakota. Gordie paid for most of his own bills and was a hard worker.

His life was forever changed during his senior year at Ogilvie High School, when he met the love of his life, Helen. After two years they got married in Mora on June 11, 1949. It has been evident to all who knew him that Gordie loved Helen dearly for the next sixty-eight years of marriage!

He was the proud father of three children, Gordon Jr. (Michel), Beth (Bob) Wood, and Gayle (Wayne) Huntington. His joy in life has been being a grandfather to; Jason, Jennifer, Jeremiah, Jessica, Brandon, Jonathan, Miriah, Ryan and Grant; and a great-grandfather to Hayden, Blake, Taylor, Malik, Riley, Ryan, Cooper, Milo and Evelyn. Gordie was happiest when he was spending time with family, friends, and traveling.

After working a few other jobs, Gordie decided to go to barber school, and worked as a barber in Mora for sixty years. He was in the Army during the Korean conflict and was active in the American Legion (60+ years), serving as color guard for countless funerals. He was involved in other civic duties including helping to build the senior housing apartments where he and Helen have resided for the past four years, as well as helping to build the pool in Mora. Membership at Calvary Lutheran Church was integral to his life, where he served in many roles, including being President of the congregation. He loved singing in the choir which he did for 45 years!

Gordon is survived by his wife Helen, his younger brother Lyle (Julie), sister-in-law Marian Beck; his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son-in-law Steve, grandson Brandon, and great grandson Rory. He is busy catching up with his family and friends who have been waiting for his homecoming in Heaven!

10 guestbook entries for GORDIE L. HEIM

  1. Connie Oosterhuis October 5, 2017 at 8:45 pm #

    My deepest sympathies to your family at this sad time. Gordy was a dear friend to my parents and our family. He and my dad were friends since they were children, he will be greatly missed.

  2. Connie Oosterhuis October 5, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

    My deepest sympathies to your family, Gordy was a dear friend to my parents and our family. He and my dad were friends since they were children.

  3. Marianne Santelé October 6, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Wow…so many memories over the years (Gayle) and how far back our families go! The Barber Shop haircuts, the Flower shop, the friendships. We will be keeping you all in our hearts and prayers, as you celebrate Gordy’s life and share in the memories that you treasure and hold close.

  4. JoAnn Heiselman October 7, 2017 at 11:33 pm #

    So sorry to hear about Gordy, he was my Godfather. My parents and Gordy and Helen were friends since before I was born. So many great memories growing up in Mora. The barber shop, the flower shop, I used to babysit Gayle, horse back riding. I love you Helen, thankyou for calling me. I will be praying for you and the family. Love Jo Talley

  5. Merlin and Marilyn Smith October 8, 2017 at 10:52 am #

    So sorry to hear this. Gordy was a fun guy. We visited with him every time we came back to Mora. Merlin has many memories of the barber shop. Our hearts and prayers go out to your whole family.

  6. Carol Ann (Carlson) Varner October 9, 2017 at 1:18 pm #

    Stuart and Carol Ann (Carlson) Varner

    Gordie-he was my babysitter, which he loved to remind me…in front of my friends as a teenager…and he was the barber that gave my two sons their “first” hair cut! Gordie was the “smile” in my life and inspiration to appreciate family. You will be missed by many, hugs to the family. We are far away but our thoughts and prayers are there with you.

  7. Bruce Arnold October 10, 2017 at 10:08 am #

    After not seeing Gordie for years/decades, it was clear he never forgot the people that had at one point sat in his barber chair. Decades later, he warmly greeted me, calling me by name like an old friend. And that last time – had been decades before – when I was a kid. People like Gordie are held in memory for a very long time. His kindness will be remembered. As Carol Ann, says he was the “smile” and that is how I remember him as well.

  8. Kathy Norton October 10, 2017 at 11:55 am #

    So loved this man. A hug like no other. Our loss is Heavens gain.

  9. Barbara Oosterhuis October 11, 2017 at 11:42 am #

    Our sympathy to Helen and family..Gordie cut my hair back in the early 1960’s. He was a dear friend of the Oosterhuis family. He was always so cheerful and fun. Heaven gained a great man when he entered.Clayt and Barbara Oosterhuis, Hartford Wi.

  10. Dustin & Kris Paulson October 15, 2017 at 8:16 am #

    Our hearts go out to Helen and family, and we are sorry we were out of town during this sad time, and unable to attend Gordie’s service. We always enjoyed Gordie’s cheerful smile, and upbeat attitude when ever we talked whether at the barber shop, the hospital, or on the street, he always brought a little sunshine into our day. He will be greatly missed by us and surely by all who knew him.

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