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Gordon H. Rothe, 82

Gordon H. Rothe, age 82 of Elmwood, passed away Aug. 18, 2009 at the Chippewa Valley Hospital in Durand from heart disease.

Gordon was born on June 25, 1927 in St. Paul. He was the son of Gustav and Elvera (Schultz) Rothe.

He lived with his family in Millville, Minn., Ellsworth, Maiden Rock and finally settled in Waverly to farm. Gordon was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plum City for 65 years. During that time he was very active, serving on many boards.

Gordon married Harriet Johnson on April 14, 1956 in Maiden Rock and they had 53 great years together. They were partners in farming and milk hauling until his retirement.

Gordon wore many hats in his life including bartender, farmer, mailman, milkman and vehicle transporter for Boyer Ford. His passion for new and old cars and tractors ran deep, and he drove his 1937 Ford with great pride whenever he could. Gordon loved to dance, be with his family and play jokes on his friends, but work was his life. The value of his day was measured by how much he accomplished.

Gordon is survived by his wife of 53 years, Harriet; three daughters: Renee Gilles of Prescott, Jan (Jeff) Krause of Elmwood and Kim (Darin) Ofstie of Baldwin; four grandsons who were the light of his life: Mitchell and Kyle Krause, Connor and Keegan Ofstie; sister-in-law, Barbara Sand; two nieces: Amy (Sand) Schmitt and Elizabeth (Sand) Nelson; a nephew, Bob Sand; cousins: Terry (Thea) Schultz of Apple Valley, Minn., Marcella Peterson of Escondido, Calif.; other relatives and a large family of dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Bernice; son-in-law, Patrick Gilles (2006); and father and mother-in-law, Sid and Grace Johnson.

Memorial services were held 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plum City. The Rev. Daniel Pfaffe officiated. Burial was in the Maiden Rock Cemetery. Friends were invited to call from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

In-lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made in Gordon's name to Immanuel Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by the Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand. Online condolences may be made at