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Gordon Holter

December 2, 1931 — December 27, 2012

Gordon Holter, age 81, of Warroad, MN and formerly of Oslo, MN, passed away on Thursday (December 27th) at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday (January 2nd) at Grace Lutheran Church in Erskine with the Rev. Timothy Lundeen officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, rural Erskine. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Bailey-Throne American Legion Post #596 of Erskine and the National Guard Honors Team. Arrangements are with the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Erskine and messages of condolence may be sent at carlinhoialmen.com.Gordon Arnold Holter was born on December 2, 1931 in Oak Park Township, Marshall County, Minnesota to parents Elling and Thilda (Dahl) Holter. He was baptized on April 17, 1932 and confirmed on June 1, 1947 at Oak Park Lutheran Church near Oslo, Minnesota. Gordon farmed and raised cattle with his brothers on his family's farm near Oslo. He entered the United States Army in July of 1952, faithfully serving his country during the Korean War. He received his honorable discharge in July of 1954 and returned to the home farm. On November 12, 1955, he was united in marriage to Lynette Olson. Gordon was known as a "jack of all trades" but spent many of his working years in agriculture, construction, and woodworking. He worked at Johnson Iron in East Grand Forks as a welder; he owned and operated a landscaping and clearing business; worked at Gowan Construction and formed H & H Wood Products which he operated out of the family farm. He was also a well-known boat builder. Gordon and Lynette divorced in 1997. Gordon has spent many of his retirement years in Warroad, Minnesota alongside his companion of 15 years, Lyla Moteberg. He is a past member of the Eagles Club in Warroad and the American Legion in Warroad. He enjoyed woodworking, building boats, fishing, and in years past, singing in a quartet with his brothers. He was always willing to help anyone in need. He was a great story teller and enjoyed sharing his stories with others. Spending time with family and friends was very important to him. His dog Lucky was very special to him. He is survived by his five children, Robbin Holter of Oslo, MN, Lori (Keith) Chisholm of Manvel, ND, Jody Clark of Alvarado, MN, Larry (Wendy) Holter of Alvarado, MN, and David (Thressa) Holter of Grand Forks, ND; many grandchildren and great grandchildren along with nieces and nephews.  Also surviving is his special companion, Lyla Moteberg of Warroad, MN; and Lyla's children, LaVonne (Bruce) McWilliam of Winger, MN, LaDawna Anderson of Pflugerville, TX, Butch (Bonnie) Moteberg of Grand Forks, ND, and Punky (Ellen) Moteberg of Grand Haven, MI, along with their families. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Alvin, George, Harvey and Donald; three sisters, Lila Williams, June Laymon and Marlys Holter; son-in-law, Richard Geres; and granddaughter, Monique. Honorary Pallbearers: Gordon's friends from Lakeview Restaurant of Warroad and his many other friends.Active Pallbearers: Harvey Holter, Rocky Holter, Mike Kimble, Mark Connelly, Harvey Nichols, and Danny Holter.
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