Funeral services for Harold Gilder, 75, of Milaca, are scheduled 11 a.m. today (Thursday, Oct. 11) at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Milaca with the Rev. Vernon Dorn officiating.
He died Monday, Oct. 8, 2001 at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veteranís Cemetery in Little Falls.
Arangements are with the Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home of Milaca.
Harold James Gilder was born Dec. 10, 1925 to Arthur and Lodema (Fuller) Gilder in DeNova, Colo. He attended school in Delta, Colo. and after graduation from high school he entered the U.S. Navy at age 17. After the service he attended Parks Business School in Denver. He married Ellen Pullmann on July 16, 1948 in Delta, Colo. They moved to western Nebraska where Harold worked at the Sioux Ordinance Depot in Sidney, Neb. for four years. In 1954 the couple moved to the Milaca area. Harold worked as care-taker at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Milaca for 17 years and for Ratzlaff Logging for several years. He then worked at the Rum River Rest Area north of Milaca as maintenance foreman with Greenview, Inc. He was a member of the St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Milaca and enjoyed nature and spending time in the woods.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen; children, Margie Knudson of Houston, Tex., John and wife Linda of St. Cloud, Daniel and wife Lynnae of Little Falls, Tim and wife Jackie of Rockford, Minn., Ron and wife Quyhn of St. Cloud, Leon and wife Heidi of Delano, and Lynell and husband David Blanchard of Long Prairie; 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; sister, Esther Seanor of Gothenburg, Neb.; brothers, Elmer and wife Kathleen Gilder of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Bob and wife Virginia Gilder of Delta, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.