October 12, 1934 – Tuesday, March 15, 2016
St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Michael, MN
Monday, March 21, 2016
The Peterson Chapel, St. Michale, MN
Sunday, March 20, 2016
A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be said at 7 PM on Sunday evening.
Gordon “Gordy” Martin Bongaarts was born on October 12, 1934 in Benton TWP, Carver County to Anthony & Catherine (nee Laumann) Bongaarts. During High School he was a farm hand. He graduated in 1952 from Shakopee High School.
On May 30th, 1955 he married Helen Marie Dehn at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Anoka, MN. Gordy supported his family by working a variety of jobs. His first job was at Minneapolis Moline as a press operator, he then started a career in construction eventually starting his own business called Ogle Construction. He was also a realtor.
Gordy was an active member of the following organizations: St. Michael Catholic Church, where he sang in the Resurrection choir, the Knights of Columbus where he achieved 4th Degree, Catholic Aid, Hanover Historical Society and also an AA sponsor to many.
Gordy loved being busy. He especially enjoyed fishing and hunting with his family, bowling, golfing, woodworking, playing cards, especially cribbage and listening to the Minnesota Twins, his favorite team.
Gordy is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen.
Children, Jim (Betty) Bongaarts, Gary (Tricia) Bongaarts, Joan (Gordy) Gutzwiller, Ray (Laurie) Bongaarts, Bob (Sandy) Bongaarts. 13 Grandchildren, 18 Great Grandchildren, Sisters, Rose (Don) Becker, Donna Becker, many nieces, nephews, loving relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents, Anthony & Catherine (nee Laumann) Bongaarts, Brother, Greg Bongaarts, Sister, Dolores Weber, Brother In-laws, Eddie Weber and Roman Becker. Grandsons, Joey Bongaarts and Jason Gutzwiller.