Eugene ‘Gene’ R. Nordstrom

FAIRMONT – Celebration of Life services for Eugene “Gene” R. Nordstrom, 87, of Fairmont, Minn., formerly of Trimont, will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at United Methodist Church in Trimont, with Rev. Stephanie Christoffels officiating. Burial will be in First Lutheran Cemetery, rural Trimont, Minn.

Gene was called to his eternal rest on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 30, 2014, at Lutz Wing of the Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont, Minn. Visitation and a time of sharing memories with the Nordstrom family will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Kramer Family Funeral Home in Trimont, and one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday.

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Eugene Rollo Nordstrom was born March 23, 1926, in Amboy, Minn., to Carl and Erna (Bernhardt) Nordstrom. He was baptized May 2, 1926, at the Lutheran Church in Amboy, Minn., by Rev. Neuaber and later confirmed on June 30, 1940, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Triumph, Minn., by Rev. Schmidt. Gene attended school at Triumph-Monterey High School, later graduating with the class of 1944. On July 8, 1945, he was united in marriage to Carolyn Spiegler at the United Methodist Church in Triumph, Minn. Gene owned and operated Gene’s D-X Service Station in Trimont for 14 years. In 1969, Gene and Carolyn sold the business and moved to Pipestone where Gene worked for Midland Co-op. In 1970, they moved to Wisconsin where Gene worked for several Midland affiliated co-ops. In 1970, they returned to Minnesota where Gene worked for High Plains Co-op and lived in both Plainview and Kellogg, Minn. In 2005, he retired as High Plains petroleum manager and returned to Trimont. Gene was one of the original greeters hired when Wal-Mart opened in Fairmont. He loved and looked forward to greetings customers for five years until his health required him to retire in 2012. Gene’s lifelong passion was sports, especially baseball. He actively played well into his 50s, joining local teams in all the communities he lived in. He listed as one of his greatest accomplishments playing on the same team with his son, Greg, in the early 1970s. Gene was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Trimont where he was an usher and trustee.

Gene is survived by his wife, Carolyn Nordstrom of Fairmont, Minn; daughter, Cindy and her husband, Larry Ahrens of Somerset, Wis.; sons, Greg and his wife, Linda Nordstrom of Fairmont, Minn., and Torre Joe Nordstrom of St. James, Minn.; son-in-law, Marvin Zilka of Sauk Centre, Minn.; grandchildren, Darin (Shannon) Rahm of Fairmont, Lisa (Becket) Dickerson of Frederick, Md., Dana Rahm of Farmington, Chris Ahrens of Hagerstown, Md., Matt Nordstrom of Waxahachie, Texas, and Katie (Darin) Madson of Maxwell, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Abby Rahm, Frost, Erin and Anna Rahm of Fairmont; and other relatives and friends.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Henry and Anna Bernhardt, August and Ann Nordstrom; mother and father-in-law; daughter, Rita Sue Zilka; brother, Gerald and his wife, Mary Nordstrom; son-in-law, Gary Rahm; and other relatives.