John A. Gaylord, 100, of Osakis, formerly of Wadena, passed away April 4, 2018, at the Lakeside Lodge Adult Foster Care, Osakis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 21, at 3 p.m. at the Joyful Spirit United Methodist Church in Wadena with the Reverend Lee Kantonen officiating. Military honors provided by the Wadena VFW Post.
Inurnment will be next to his wife, Viola.
Arrangments are with Cardini-Pearson Funeral Home of Menahga,
John was born March 18, 1918, in Chicago, IL to Samuel and Phylliss Gaylord. He lived in Hudson, Ohio where he attended the Western Reserve Academy and the Miami University of Ohio. He moved to Jacksonville, FL where he worked building ships. In 1943, he joined the Merchant Marines, serving in The Mediterranean, The North Atlantic and The Sea of Japan during World War II. Following his honorable discharge, John moved to Minneapolis where he worked a long and successful career in sales for the Goodyear Tire Company. He married the love of his life, Viola Frisbie on March 5, 1952. They moved to Wadena in 1972, where he resided until 2013, when he moved to the Lakeside Lodge Adult Foster Care near Osakis. John was a fan of Minnesota Twins baseball, enjoyed playing golf, collecting stamps, playing chess, reading and working crossword puzzles. Above all, his family came first.
John is survived by one daughter, Ellen (Nolan) Bacon of Wadena; one sister, Phylliss; two brothers, Sam (Paula) and Richard, both of Florida; six grandchildren, Brett (Marybeth) Bacon, Lee (Gretchen) Bacon, Dana (Michelle) Bacon, Travis (Kerry) Bacon and Nola Schultz; brother-in-law, Lyle Bushsinger; sisters-in-law, Lorraine and Joyce Loween; 13 great- grandchildren; 14 great great-grandchildren; care givers, Diane, Don and family and Marge as well as many nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his wife; parents; in-laws Olaf and Delile Loween; two sisters, Jean and Rosemary; one grandson, one great-granddaughter; four brothers-in-law: Harold and Kenny Loween, Jim Thaggard, Jack Alstott; sister-in-law, Fern Bushinger; two nephews, and one grandnephew.