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May 25, 2022

5/13/2022 11:44:00 AM
Gale Babcock

Gale J. Babcock, age 72 of North Branch passed away on Friday, January 7, 2022 at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth.

Gale was born on July 17, 1949 in St. Paul to parents Archie and Ailie (Heikkenen) Babcock.  He attended school in South St. Paul before moving to Stacy.  Gale attended school in Colorado and received a degree in printing.  His first job was at The Brown Palace where he worked a short time before moving back to Minnesota where he worked as a printer for Control Data and later Heinrich Envelope where he retired.  Gale loved hunting, fishing and photography as well as buying and selling and collecting antiques.  He very much enjoyed all people and spending time with his family and grandchildren and was much loved by his family.  

Gale married Jacqueline Johnson on April 19, 1969 in South St. Paul.

Gale is survived by his wife, Jackie; children, Phillip (Melissa) Babcock of Williamsburg, VA; Jennifer Babcock of North Branch; Brent (Jill) Babcock of Cheyenne, WY and Becky Babcock of Rush City; his six grandchildren, Lindsey (Patrick), Ryan, Kayla (Cory), Beau, Isaiah and Emily; his three great grandchildren, Jason, Harper and Maverick; sister, Peggy (Carolyn) of Arvada, CO; brothers, Bruce of Ogallala, NE; Dean of Rush City and Glen (Bonnie) of Hudson, CO as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  

He is preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Ailie and brother Scott.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, May 13, 2022 at  Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch with a visitation one hour prior to the service.  Interment will follow the service at Spring Lake Lutheran Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Grandstrand Funeral Home and Cremation Service in North Branch. www.grandstrandfh.com



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