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Gilfred Moen 1927-2012

Gilfred Moen, 85, of Perham, formerly of Park River, N.D., died Dec. 13 at Perham Health.

Gilfred Duane Moen was born on Dec. 3, 1927 in Edinburg, N.D., the son of Charlie and Anna (Nygard) Moen. He was baptized and confirmed in the Zion Lutheran Church in Union, N.D. Gilfred attended Country School Tiber District #52, graduating from the Edinburg High School in 1945.

Gilfred and Pauline Moen were married on March 21, 1946 in Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Grafton, N.D. He worked in farming and then started in the lumber business, being trained in Park River, then managed yards in Forest River, N.D. for 11 years, Park River for 19 years. He began employment with the Home Lumber Company in Stephen, Minn., in sales, working with contractors. He transferred to St. Paul, Minn. in 1984, retiring in 1991.

After retirement, Gilfred and Pauline lived on Otter Tail Lake and wintered in Mesa, Ariz., where Gilfred was employed as a security guard. In 2010, Gilfred moved to the Perham Living Center. He enjoyed curling, golfing, fishing, playing cards, was an avid Minnesota Twins baseball and Minnesota Vikings fan. He had served on the Midway School Board in Forest River, the fire department in Park River, had served on church boards and presently was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Amor. Gilfred was a Shriner and a member of the Masons.

Gilfred is survived by a daughter, Marlys (Michael) Baumann of Otter Tail Lake; son, Galyn (Wendy) Moen of Destin, Fla.; four grandchildren, Michelle (Dr. Aaron) Wright of West Fargo, N.D., Mark (Dr. Amy) Baumann of Edmond, Okla., Todd (Roma) Moen of Mesa, Ariz. and Tracey (David) Kunze of Stevens Point, Wis.; and eight great-grandchildren.

Gilfred is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Anna Moen; his wife, Pauline; and by two brothers, Arlin and Charles.

Visitation will be held from 2:30-3:30 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Perham Living Center and 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church of Amor, Minn. A celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 21, at Zion Lutheran Church of Amor, with the Rev. James Gronbeck and the Rev. John Mickelson officiating. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to services. Interment will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery of Amor.

Arrangements are with the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home - Battle Lake, Minn. For online condolences, go to