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January 20, 2020

1/9/2020 2:48:00 PM
Reverend Gordon Grimm

Reverend Gordon (Gordy) Grimm, age 86, died peacefully on January 5, 2020 at Ecumen in North Branch surrounded by loving family and friends. He was born in 1933 to Homer and Beulah (Wilson) Grimm in Sac City, Iowa. Gordy graduated from Ventura High School in 1952 and from Luther College in 1956, and then went on to graduate from the Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul. He was ordained as a Lutheran minister in September, 1960.

He served as a chaplain in Willmar where he met Esther – his future wife. They met and were married three months later. Gordy’s body of work encompassed training and caring for people in the area of chemical dependency for nearly 45 years. He was particularly proud of being called by Hazelden in 1965 to help shape Hazelden’s multidisciplinary approach to chemical dependency treatment emulated around the world called the Minnesota Model. Gordy was the first full time chaplain at Hazelden and was charged with developing the Clinical Pastoral Education Program. He was proud of the training program he directed at Hazelden that provided addiction education to clergy, counselors, and other professionals around the world. After Gordy retired from Hazelden, he focused his expertise and efforts to advocate strongly for the disabled. He didn’t only advocate for his son Jim, but for anyone living with a disability.

Gordy enjoyed duck hunting, listening to and telling stories, and traveling to northern Minnesota to fish and relax with his family. Gordy provided wise counsel, and showed us all how to live a life of acceptance, integrity and honesty. Gordy’s ability to quietly convey these qualities through his actions and words left a mark on the people he loved and cared about, as well as the people he helped throughout his life.

Gordy is preceded in death by his parents Beulah and Homer Grimm; brother Jay, and son Jim.

He is survived by Esther, wife of 60 years; son John (Amy) of Minnetonka; daughter Mary (Dan Halvorson) of Hudson WI; grandchildren Wesley, Morgan and Olivia; sister Julie Crow of St. Louis MO, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service 11 am Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Chisago Lake Lutheran Church in Center City.  Visitation Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Chisago Lake Lutheran Church and also one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday.

Memorials preferred to: Gillette Lifetime Specialty Healthcare, The Retreat, Hazelden, and Chisago Lake Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are being handled by Grandstrand Funeral Home in Lindstrom.  www.grandstrandfh.com

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