Gordon Horvath

gordon horvath

Gordon D. Horvath was born on October 5, 1937 to Peter and Opal Horvath near Enderlin, ND.  His childhood years were spent in Moline and Joliet, IL.  He also lived on a farm near Enderlin, ND.   He graduated from Fargo Central High School and later from the State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND.

Gordon mainly worked with sales and estimating of building hardware.  He was a member of the American Society of Architectural Hardware Consultants (AHC).   He formed a company known as AB Doorware, Inc. with two partners and later sold his shares in the company in 1992 due to health reasons.

Gordon married Maxine Larson on June 3, 1959.  They lived in Fargo, ND until 1995 when they moved to their lake home on Little Cormorant near Audubon, MN.  Their winters were spent in Yuma, AZ.

Those left to cherish his memory are: Wife, Maxine Horvath; son Michael Horvath (and his friend Gloria), San Diego, CA; son and daughter-in-law Mark and RoseMarie Horvath, Omaha, NE; grandchildren Ariana and Natalie Horvath, Omaha; brothers David (Joan) Horvath of Renton, WA, Robert (Cathy) Horvath of Minot, ND, Ronald (Kathie) Horvath, Omaha, NE.  Gordon was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Peter Horvath of Vermont.

Gordon is remembered for many things, including his smile, sense of humor, kindness, and having the right tools to help family and friends with home projects.  He had his own idea of how things should be done - liking perfection.  Gordon enjoyed fishing, hunting and going to sporting events of his children and grandchildren.  He loved hooking the worms onto his granddaughters’ poles at the Lake.  In later years, we remember him saying "I'm just resting my eyes" - (When actually sleeping in his chair). 

Gordon loved his family and appreciated his neighbors, both at the Lake and in Arizona.

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  1. grand forks ndWe were very sad to hear of Mr. Horvaths death. Although sad, upon reflection, I was able to think of many, many memories that I would not have without his generous presence. water skiing at the lake with mark while he took photos, I still have these pictures. Playing pool and having wrestling team parties in the basement. Riding the motor bikes at the lake. Cruising with mark in the Volare (sp). There are to many to list. What a great provider and father.

  2. Kuala Lumpur MalaysiaI am very sorry for your loss. I was sad to hear of Gordon’s passing. There is not any period of my life that I did not know “Mr. Horvath”. Mr & Mrs. Horvath, Mark and Mike have been in my memory since before I started remembering my childhood. I remember Gordon teaching me how to water ski, how to fish, usually catching catfish, but every once in a while a walleye. Thanks to Mr. Horvath I also learned a very valuable truth. It actually is possible to paint a house and leave no brush strokes in the paint. I believed it was impossible to do that, he proved me wrong. Unfortunately for me, I never did learn to have the patience nor attention to detain that Mr. Horvath had to pull off such a job. Mr. Horvath was truly one of a kind. My deepest condolences.

  3. Phoenix ARIZONAGordon was a huge supporter of his boys athletic careers and enjoyed watching Mark Wrestle. As we moved to Arizona, I remember Gordon being quiet but always having a smile on his face. He was a lot like my dad, in that he always knew how to fix anything around the house. They were also both perfectionists. It must have been something they learned in Wahpeton. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Horvath Family.

    Mark Herding

  4. WWWWWahpeton North Dakota
    Maxine and Families,
    So sorry for your loss I’m sure your still not sure whats going on .
    Hope to talk to you soon

  5. Audubon MN
    We were so sad to hear about Gordie’s
    passing. We always loved visiting with Gordie at the lake. He was such a kind friendly man and will be missed by all.
    God’s Blessing to you and your family, you are in our prayers.

    Pat & Leon

  6. Fargo ND
    Maxine & family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Gordon’s passing. His quick wit and great sense of humor will be strongly missed. Gordon will always be in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Paul – Schwans Home Service

  7. moorhead mnMaxine & Family……….I am so sorry to hear of Gordy’s passing ! He was a great boss to work for at AB & great person outside of work. I enjoyed his humor & knowledge immensely during out 10 yrs of working together. My thoughts & prayers go out to you & your family.

  8. FARGO North Dakota
    Maxine & Family,
    We are so sorry about hearing of Gordy’s passing. Our thought and prayers are with you. He was such a good neighbor to us and kept Donny busy many times with his stories and all his handiwork. It was always much appreciated.
    Take care and we’ll see you on the 13th.
    Don & Judy

  9. West Fargo ND
    Maxine,& Family, So very sorry to hear about Gordy. Our Thoughts an Prayers go out to all of you. May God keep you in Peace. He was a neighbor to us for a very long time. We will always be at the lakes for you Maxine if an when you need something done. Love to all, Bruce & Sherry & Girls.

  10. Huxley IAWe are so sorry to hear about Uncle Gordon. Our prayers are with you Maxine.

    Love you.

    Gigi and Brian
    Nathan, Amber, Isaiah, and Allyssa

  11. Loganville GASo sorry to hear about Uncle Gordon. You will be in our thoughts and our prayers!
    Love, Tim, Sharyl, and family

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