Larry Dean Gorden
1946 - 2020

Larry Dean Gorden

June 20, 1946 – September 2, 2020

Larry Dean Gorden, 74, of Bloomington, Minnesota, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, lost his nearly two-year battle for life with pancreatic cancer. He passed away peacefully at home and without pain on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2020, with his loving wife and daughter by his side.

Larry was born June 20, 1946, in Centerville, Iowa, but grew up and attended school in Fremont, Nebraska, graduating from Fremont High School in 1964 and Midland University in 1968. He continued graduate courses at the University of Nebraska upon completion of his military service in the U.S. Army in 1970. Larry was employed by Hormel Foods for the entirety of his professional career, starting in Fremont, Nebraska, as the Manager of the Cost and Stock Department. In 1975, he was transferred to the Hormel Corporate Office in Austin, Minnesota, and held positions of Austin Plant Office Manager from 1976-1981 and Director of Data Processing from 1981-1984. He became the Director of Tax in 1984, a position he held through retirement in 2007.

In 1967 he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Mendenhall, and they enjoyed 53 wonderful years of marriage and fun. Together they poured themselves into actively raising three children and earned themselves the coveted titles of Grampy and Grammie to 12 grandchildren. Following their children's and grandchildren's interests and activities with enthusiasm and zest brought them so much joy. Larry's larger than life presence, big smile, and booming voice will be fondly remembered.

Community service and volunteerism held great importance to Larry throughout his life, donating his time and talents to the following: Freeborn-Mower County Mental Health Board from 1978-1988, Austin School Board ISD 492 from 1988-1996, Westminster Presbyterian Church Session and Sunday School teacher and upon retirement, prepared taxes for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for 10 years.

Preceded in death by mother, Mary Louise Gorden; father, Marvin Lewis Gorden; mother-in-law, Margaret Mendenhall; father-in-law, Jack Mendenhall; brothers-in-law, Jerome Shanahan, Daniel Mendenhall, Dale Freund, and Roger Kizeor, all of Fremont.

Survived by wife, Mary (Mendenhall) Gorden of Bloomington; daughter, Katie (Andy) Glynn of Bentonville, Arkansas; son, Tucker (Maggy) Gorden of Denver, Colorado; daughter, Megan (Tony) Buckland of Bloomington; 12 grandchildren, Ellie, Jayna, Ava, and Colin Glynn of Bentonville, Grace, Annabelle, Caroline, Ruby, and Tucker Robert Gorden of Denver, and Oscar, Penny, and Simon Buckland of Bloomington; sister, Phyllis (Jon) Young of Fremont; and brother, Lewis (Judy) Gorden of Lucas, Iowa.

It was Larry's wish to have his body bequeathed to the Mayo Clinic. Burial will be held at a later date at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minnesota. In lieu of flowers, well wishers are encouraged to donate to The Wounded Warriors Project or The Veteran's Home in Preston, Minnesota. Due to COVID-19 risks, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, Minnesota.

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Published by Fremont Tribune on Sep. 5, 2020.
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So sorry to hear of Larry's passing. A favorite memory: During high school, we quite frequently ate lunch together. Larry always brought a sandwich. Before taking a bite, he'd open it up and line it with potato chips. Always had to chuckle. I felt fortunate to have been able to renew our friendship with a long conversation at the 50th Class Reunion. May your family be comforted in this time of sorrow.
Harv Babendure
September 7, 2020
Larry was one MY Best Students at Fremont Senior High School. He became Senior Class President because he liked every one and they liked because of his intelligence and personality. I was proud of him being in our DECA Club and being warded A NATIONAL DECA SCHOLARSHIP WHICH HE USED TO ATTEND MIDLAND UNIVERSITY. I FOLLOWED LARRY'S CAREER =I COULD NOT BE PROUDER AND CLAIM HIM A BEST FRIEND. MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY.
Merle Gier (Fremont NE)
September 5, 2020