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George Goslinga, 86

George Goslinga, 86, Carlos, died unexpectedly February 18, 2009 at St. Cloud Hospital.

George was born July 24, 1922 in Orange City, Iowa, to Tjeerd and Clara (Dykstra) Goslinga.

On March 22, 1944 George was united in marriage to Mavis Tarrell at the Methodist Church in Ireton, Iowa. After their marriage, George served his country in the Merchant Marines from July 1945 to April 1946. After returning from the service, George and Mavis resided in Orange City, Iowa, where he worked as an appliance service man.

In 1964, the Goslinga family bought a lot and built a cabin in Alexandria on the east side of Lake Carlos where they would go in the summer. In 1972, they made that their permanent home. George completed his career working at Cenex in Alexandria.

George enjoyed fishing, making birdhouses, and water-skiing, which he was still able to do on his 80th birthday. He was also politically active in the DFL.

He is survived by his wife, Mavis; four children, Sharon and husband, Bruce Swanson of Cottage Grove, Dianne Mouw of Highland Ranch, CO, Terry and wife, Bonnie of Crystal, Brenda and husband, Steve Myers of Eagan; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Tillie Bruins of Lakewood, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Mike; three brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 23 at United Methodist Church in Alexandria with the Rev. Jeff Hansen officiating.

Pallbearers were Scott Swanson, Jamie Mouw, Ryan Goslinga, Aaron Hurlbert, Mike Gralow and Andy Vano. Burial was at Carlos Prairie Cemetery in Carlos.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;