Arvin Gerber, 84, a resident of the Barrett Care Center, died Sat., Oct. 9, 2010, at the Center.
Arvin Lincoln Gerber was born February 12, 1926, on the Gerber farm in North Ottawa Township, rural Norcross. He attended rural District #40 school through the 8th grade and attended the West Central School of Agriculture in Morris for a year and a half before his help was needed on the family farm.
Arvin was married to Valdeen Amundson on October 30, 1954, at the First Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake, and the couple lived on the family farm. In 1976, Arvin received the Grant County Conservation Farmer award by the Grant County Soil and Water Conservation District. In 1983, he received the high production award by the Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative. Arvin was a member of the Farm Bureau and was active in the Wendell Rifle Club and enjoyed hunting. He also enjoyed bowling and playing pool.
In 1989, Arvin and Valdeen retired and moved to Elbow Lake. They enjoyed spending winters in Arizona.
Arvin is survived by his wife Valdeen of Elbow Lake; children Dan (Mary) Gerber of Fergus Falls, Keith (Kelly) Gerber of Elbow Lake, and Kathryn (Paul) Blascyk of Dawson; grandchildren Angela (special friend Kelly Manley) Gerber, Amy Gerber, Jacob (fiancee Krista Nelson) Gerber, Michael Gerber, Joseph (Cindy) Blascyk, Vicky (Adam) Erickson, Andrew (Courtney) Blascyk, and Nicholas Blascyk; and five great-grandchildren, Justin, Terina, Jeremy, Hunter, and Landyn. Other survivors include his sisters Betty (James) Loomis of Paynesville, and Jeanette Huseth of Elbow Lake; sister-in-law Shirley Ellingson of Elbow Lake and brother-in-law Orvin (Eljene) Amundson of Elbow Lake; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Memorial Service: 1:30pm Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, United Lutheran Church, Elbow Lake
Clergy: Rev. Bob Toso
Cemetery: Ness Cemetery, Elbow Lake
Visitation: at the church one hour before the service