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Gaylyn I. Kjorsvik

April 19, 1947 ~ March 29, 2008 (age 60)

Gaylyn Ivan Kjorsvik passed away Saturday, March 29, 2008, from his battle with multiple myeloma with primary amyloidosis, on his family farm in rural Michigan, North Dakota.

Gaylyn was born April 19, 1947 at McVille, ND, the son of Goodwin and Gena (Olson) Kjorsvik. He attended Melrose # 4 and graduated from Michigan High School in 1965. Gaylyn was a member of the armed services. He served in the United States Army from October of 1966 through September of 1968, during which time he served in Vietnam. After his tenure with the Army he was employed in road and highline construction. Gaylyn met and married Sherrie Gruber while working in Minnesota. They were married June 26, 1971 in Pierz, Minnesota. They lived in Grand Forks and Fargo, North Dakota before returning to take over the family farm in 1974. In addition to farming Gaylyn also operated Kjorsvik Backhoe Service for many years. He served on the Melvin Township Board as Supervisor and Clerk/Treasurer. Gaylyn enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, and playing pinochle with his many friends.

Gaylyn will be deeply missed by his wife, Sherrie; two sons, Kevin (Michele) Kjorsvik of St. Louis Park, MN and Daniel Kjorsvik of St. Louis Park, MN; one daughter, Melissa (Scott) Moen of Michigan, ND; two sisters, LoRaine (Gary) Glomstad of Grand Rapids, MN and Cheryl (Bill) Coghlan of Tempe, AZ; his mother-in-law, Valery Gruber of Pierz, MN; one sister-in-law, Dionne (Louis) Kopka of Blaine, MN; two brothers-in-law, Ed (Diane) Gruber of Ramsey, MN and Gayle (Gwen) Gruber of Wyoming, MN; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Goodwin and Gena Kjorsvik.

Gaylyn's Funeral Service will be held at the Michigan Lutheran Church of Michigan, ND, on Friday, April 4, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. Officiating will be the Reverend Sue Mackey. The organist will be Paula Narum and the soloist will be Sharon Young. Interment will be in the Melrose Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Michigan. Casketbearers will be Allan Forde, Bob Vasichek, Dale Mayer, Randy Gunderson, Orin Slettebak, Leroy Sparks, Ed Gruber, and Gayle Gruber. Visitation will be held at the Aaker Funeral Home of Lakota, ND, on Thursday, April 3, 2008 beginning at 3:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Friday, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Melrose Church Cemetery or the Disabled American Veterans in Fargo, ND

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