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IN MEMORY OF Arvin Elmer Gilbertson

October 2, 2013

Arvin Elmer Gilbertson 
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Arvin Elmer Gilbertson
Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Church in Lake Wilson, MN on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. James Seitz officiating with special music by Group Therapy. 
1925 - Arvin Elmer Gilbertson - 2013

Arvin Gilbertson was born on January 20, 1925 on the family farm near Chandler, Minnesota to Gilbert and Myrtle Schmidt Gilbertson.  He grew up on the family farm and attended Chandler Public School.  On December 14, 1944 Arvin was drafted into the United States Navy and served on the USS Salerno Bay. Following his honorable discharge on June 17, 1946 he returned to the family farm.  On April 20, 1955 he and Mary Ellen Anderson were married at St. Mary’s Church in Dell Rapids, South Dakota. Following their marriage they farmed north of Lake Wilson, Minnesota and raised their four children. In 1996 they moved to Lake Wilson. Arvin remained active on the farm helping in the spring and fall. Arvin passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 surrounded by his family at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 88. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Lake Wilson. He also was a member of the Chandler American Legion Post and a past member of the F.F.A Board. Arvin enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, riding his jet-ski, reading, watching the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings and visiting with friends and talking about farming. Arvin was proud to be a WWII Veteran and a farmer.

Survivors include his wife Mary Ellen Gilbertson of Lake Wilson, MN; four children and their spouses: Ed and Teresa Gilbertson, Slayton, MN, Jeffrey and Denise Gilbertson, Windom, MN, Darla and Keith Selken,f Brandon, SD and Brian and Robin Gilbertson, Lake Wilson, MN; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren;three siblings: Darwin and Arlys Gilbertson, Shakopee, MN, his twin brother Arlo and Janice Gilbertson, Dell Rapids, SD and Betty VanLant, Bellflower, CA; and three sisters-in-law: Clara Gilbertson, Lake Wilson, MN, Charlotte  Gilbertson,f Burnsville, MN and Naomi Gilbertson, Lake Havasu, AZ.  He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: Vernon (Mike), Waldo (fat), Dale and his wife Verna and Gordon Gilbertson and one brother in-law John VanLant. 

Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Church in Lake Wilson, MN on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. James Seitz officiating with special music by Group Therapy. The pallbearers were Nicholas Gilbertson, Ryan Gilbertson, Mitchell Selken, Hilary Barry, Fred Carlson and Steve Ford. Interment is at Hillside Cemetery in Lake Wilson, MN. Military honors accorded by the Chandler American Legion Post and the Lake Wilson American Legion Post. To send condolences visit totzkefuneralhome.com.  


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