5:30-7:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
12-1:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Knollbrook Covenant Church, 3030 Broadway, Fargo.
7:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
1:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Knollbrook Covenant Church, 3030 Broadway, Fargo.
Moorhead Memorial Gardens, Moorhead, MN
Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
William L. Gilge Jr. (Mr. Bill), 66, of West Fargo, passed away at his home on May 26th, 2013, surrounded by his loving family under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley after a long valiant battle with cancer.
Bill, the son of William Gilge Sr and Garnet (Bowersfield) Gilge, was born in Moorhead on August 2, 1946. He attended Glyndon High School and graduated in 1964. He was an ambitious person who could fix anything and always be counted on to help others. After high school he worked at A1 Auto and farmed with his brother-in-law, Don Bekkerus. In 1966, Bill joined the Happy Hooligans of the North Dakota Air National Guard. He retired 29 years later as a Master Sergeant. The highlight of his career was the day he retired, as he was able to ride in an F-16. After retirement, he went to work for Bob Odegaard at Odegaard Wings in Kindred, ND. At Odegaard Wings he worked at restoring World War II era aircraft, such as the P51 and the Super Corsair airplanes. In the fall, he spent 30 years hauling beets for Martin Farms. Bill enjoyed stock car racing and worked as a flagman for Buffalo River Speedway many years. His passion for racing led him to join his son and grandson in go-cart racing. They were known as 3G Racing.
He married the love of his life, Jeanne Pruett on December 3, 2009; they were soul mates for the past 16 years. Bill and Jeanne shared a passion for NASCAR and going for long rides in their Miata.
Bill was preceded in death by his father William Lawrence Gilge Sr, his mother Garnet (Bowersfield) Gilge, and Brother-in-Law Donald Bekkerus. Survivors include: Wife Jeanne (Pruett) Gilge, Daughter Lyn (Casey) Moilanen of Rochester MN, Son Larry (Cindy) Gilge of Jamestown ND, Sisters Delores Bekkerus of Glyndon MN, Margaret (Dennis) Matson of Hilton Head Island SC, Gail (Gordy) Erickson of Crystal Lake IL. Stepsons Rory Pruett of West Fargo ND, Troy (Sarah) Pruett of Valley City ND. Grandchildren Brittney Moilanen, Madison Moilanen, Corey Gilge, Elizabeth Gilge, Taylor Pruett, Brandon Pruett, Tyler Hahn.
Pallbearers include Jim Mohr, Allen (Polack) Wojtalewicz, Leroy Hintz, Dalan Rasmussen, Steve Koenig, and Dan Anderson.