Gary Gabriel, 73Gary Lee Gabriel, 73, Alexandria, died Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009 at his home.
Gary Lee Gabriel, 73, Alexandria, died Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009 at his home.
Gary was born in Britton, South Dakota on April 14, 1935, the son of Reuben and Ruth (Oberg) Gabriel. He graduated from Britton High School in 1953 and attended Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, where he played football.
Gary’s schooling was interrupted when he left to spend four years serving his country in the United States Air Force. He served virtually all of his military time during peacetime on base in Gila Bend, Arizona. Following his military service he returned to Northern State University. He was united in marriage to Elaine Moe on August 22, 1959. Gary then began working for a land surveying company in Aberdeen.
He decided to further his education and attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where he became a registered land surveyor. He started his own business in Plymouth, the DeMars-Gabriel Land Surveying Company. He retired in 1996 and sold his business to his employees. Upon retirement he moved to Alexandria, where the family had a cabin for more than 30 years.
Gary was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria and he thoroughly enjoyed fishing, golfing and mowing his lawn.
Gary is survived by his wife, Elaine Gabriel of Alexandria; son, Brett (Ginger) Gabriel of Dallas, TX; and his sister, Anita (Bill) Lamb of Lakeville.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 16 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria with the Rev. Mark Astrup officiating. Music was provided by Bruce and Audrey Aga. Interment was at Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria with Jim Ackerman, Joe Ackerman, Josselyn Moe, DeRonn Greseth, Brian Erickson, Matt Simon and Ethan Moe serving as pallbearers. Military honors were accorded by the American Legion Post 87 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 936.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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