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Gilbert S. LoeMay 6, 1916 ~ March 24, 2017 (age 100)
A Funeral Service for Gilbert Loe of Wannaska, MN will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11:00AM at Riverside Lutheran Church in Wannaska. Visitation will be held from 5-7PM on Friday March 31, 2017 at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau, MN with a prayer service at 7PM. Interment will be held at Mickinock Cemetery in Wannaska, MN. Gilbert passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Life Care Roseau Manor at the age of 100.
Gilbert Sunset Loe was born May 6, 1916 to Gilbert O. and Selma (Sunset) Loe in Grimstad Township, Roseau County Minnesota
He attended Grimstad school and graduated from Roseau High School in 1933. He attended Hanson School in Fargo one winter where he learned how to repair engines, a skill he used all of his life.
He was united in marriage to Pearl Brinkman on June 21, 1941 at the home of her parents. They lived together on their farm in Grimstad Township for 68 years. Their daughter, Carol Elaine, was born on December 6, 1944.
He had dairy cows and farmed together with his brothers, Manfred and Walter. In 1956 he sold the cows because of Pearl's allergies, and beef cattle replaced the milk cows. Bussing began at the Wannaska Consolidated School district in 1947 and he was one of the first drivers; a job that he enjoyed and told many stories about. While driving school students to Roseau High School he worked as a mechanic at Jackson Pontiac-Buick in Roseau. After more than 15 years as a bus driver he hauled milk for the Roseau milk drying plant until he had the opportunity to work for the Minnesota State Highway Department in road maintenance. He and Pearl moved to Crookston for two years and then transferred to Roseau where he continued his work with the Minnesota Department of Transportation until his retirement on December 30, 1980.
He was a lay preacher and led worship services in many churches in the area. He was named Roseau County Senior Citizen in 1994. He led Sunday morning worship at the Northland Threshing Bee, and was honored for his many years of service to them in 2010. He sold insurance for Roseau County Mutual for 32 years. He and Pearl were very involved with the Four Seasons Senior Center in Roseau; having a new building was a milestone in their activity with Four Seasons. Lefse making and countless other activities at the Center filled their days. He was a lifelong member of Riverside Lutheran Church where he was the head usher for many years as well as participated in many other activities of the church.
He and Pearl enjoyed traveling, including two trips to Norway. In 1998 they traveled there with Selmer and Carol and visited the homes of his grandparents. They also had many trips while Pearl was involved with the Women's Christian Temperance Union on the local, state, national and world level. The farm was always the best place and he lived there until he was 98 years old. In 2014 he became a resident of Oak Crest Senior Housing in Roseau and in September, 2016 he moved to LifeCare Roseau Manor. There he died on March 24, 2017.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Selmer Moen of Minot, ND. granddaughter, Kari R. Moen and fiance' Jim Tengesdal of Minot, ND; grandson Selmer John Loe Moen and his wife, Becky, of Minnetrista, MN; great-grandchildren, Harrison and Josephine Moen of Minnetrista, MN; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Melva Brinkman of Roseau, MN; special friend Arlene Carlson, Roseau; and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Pearl, brothers Manfred and Walter, nephew Michael M. Loe, sister-in-law, Bernice Loe; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carol and Wilbur Lindstrom; and sister-in-law Dorothy Brinkman.