|Gordon K. Vaksdal
Born: July 11, 1926 Died: April 02, 2018
Gordon K. Vaksdal, 91, of Morris, passed away Monday evening, April 02, 2018 at the Park Pointe Healthcare and Rehab &
Ctr. in Morris with his family by his side.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Morris with Pastor
Patrick Lohse officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:00 am until time
of service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the Morris Color Guard.
Born July 11, 1926 in Morris, he was the son of Thomas and Bertha (Mickelson) Vaksdal. He graduated from Morris High
School with the class of 1943. Gordon married Esther Kaldheim on February 09, 1952. He was a veteran of WW II and served
in the U.S. Army. Following his years of service he worked for Viland Construction Company, farmed and had dairy cattle. He
worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Joliet retiring after more than 30 years.
He is survived by his children, Deborah Zielinski of Mazon, Betty (Paul) Polarek of Morris, Becky Togliatti of Morris and Galynn
(Mike Fleming) Vaksdal of Morris; nine grandchildren, Kelly (Jennifer), Donald (Paula), Paul and Emily McNabb, Lisa (Mike)
Allen, Jason Zielinski, Michael (Chris) Polarek, Jenifer (Jon) Curran, Lisa (William) Smith, Michael (Jen Nicoletti) Togliatti,
Kathleen (Travis) Hannon, Valerie (Michael) Arwood, Ashley (David) Greisen, Courtney (Daniel) Lee, Peter (Sara) Fleming,
Megan (Ryan) Sjostrom; thirty two great grandchildren; one great, great grandson; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his loving wife, Esther; two sons-in-law, Michael John Togliatti and Jay Zielinski.
He was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 294, Sons of Norway and the Masons Lodge.
He enjoyed many hobbies including fishing, hunting, operating citizen band and ham radios, was a member of the Grundy
County Civil Defense for many years, was one of the original pilots flying out of the Morris Airport, obtaining his pilot’s license at
the age of sixteen. He was a fan of all Chicago sports teams but was particularly partial to the Chicago White Sox.
Memorials may be given to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church or the Honor Flight Chicago.
Fruland Funeral Home, 121 W. Jefferson St., in Morris is in charge of arrangements. For more information, call the funeral
home at 815-942-0700.