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Gerald Edgar TrimbleMarch 7, 1926 ~ July 11, 2017 (age 91)
Gerald Edgar “Gary” Trimble, 91, of Walker, MN, entered into eternal peace on July 11, 2017, at the Edgewood – May Creek Senior Living Campus in Walker, MN
Gary was born on March 7, 1926, to George and Celina (Burgen) Trimble in Backus, MN. The Trimble family moved to Walker in 1929 where Gary grew up and graduated from Walker High School in 1943. He was a very prominent athlete in high school and served as captain of both the football and basketball teams. Gary was also active in Boy Scouts where he earned his Eagle Scout rank. He attended Bemidji State College prior to enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1944. In the Navy, he served as a radio operator first class and a gunner aboard ship in the South Pacific Theater.
Gary married Pati Chase in 1948 and they made their home in Walker. They had 2 boys, Gary and Mark. Pati passed away in 1951. He met his second wife, Margaret Meyers, and they were married in 1952. In the years following they added 3 children to their family; Tony, Nancy, and Heidi.
Gary owned and ran his own business in Walker, Trimble Oil Company. In 1971, he purchased the DX Gas station, which he ran until his retirement. Gary had a passion for sailing and enjoyed all the weekend outings on the lake with his family. He also cherished the beauty of the outdoors and often would walk in the woods or take a boat ride on Leech Lake. He taught his children and others how to appreciate the outdoors and all it had to offer. He was an avid hunter and every autumn, out would come the duck decoys and blaze orange; time for hunting season to start. Gary was also a true artist, which shined through in his wildlife woodcarvings. He was a true outdoorsman.
Gary was a dedicated member of the Walker community. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, and was active in Boy Scouts, serving as an assistant scoutmaster. He was involved in the Walker Shingobee Playground when it was an operating skiing and sledding venue, and was a past member of the Walker Curling Club. He served 11 years on the Tianna Country Club Board of Directors; was past Cass County chairman of the Republican Party; and served 12 years on the Walker City Council. Gary enjoyed barbershop and sang not only in the chorus, but was also part of a quartet with Otto Ringle, Dale Canfield, and Ernie Richardson. He was a longtime Rotarian and was a past president (1969-1970); he served 25 years on the Walker-Hackensack School Board; and was an active member of the Walker Jaycees and was honored with their “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” award in 1973. He was a co-originator of the Leech Lake Regatta in 1970 and chaired the event for 3½ years. He was proud to be named as one of the Grand Marshals for the 2001 4th of July parade. Gary loved the Walker community and participated enthusiastically in a multitude of community projects and events.
Surviving Gary are two sons, Gary (Peggy) Trimble of Walker, and Tony Trimble of Walker; two daughters, Nancy (Erich) Ramp of Walker, and Heidi Clemence of Minneapolis, MN; one daughter-in-law, Sherry (Mark) Trimble of Annandale, MN; 13 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, George, Jr.; his wives, Pati and Margaret; and one son, Mark.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Walker. Rev. Robert Dennis will officiate and inurnment will follow the service in Evergreen Cemetery in Walker. Full military honors will be accorded by the Walker American Legion (Spencer-Ross Post #134. A light lunch will be served at the church after the inurnment.
A special thank you is extended to Majestic Pines Senior Living in Grand Rapids, MN, Edgewood-May Creek Senior Living Campus in Walker, MN, and CHI St. Joseph’s Hospice in Park Rapids, MN, for their loving and compassionate care.