William "Bill" Gellner

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William “Bill” Gerald Gellner, 88, Fargo, died, Sunday, October 10, 2021, in Sanford Health. Bill was born on May 21, 1933, in Langdon, ND, to Phillip and Antholena Gellner. He attended country school until 9th grade and graduated high school in 1950 from St. Alphonsus High School, Langdon, ND. In fall of 1950, Bill attended Bradley University in Peoria, IL studying Horology. In September of 1953 Bill moved to Fargo and worked at Neubarth Jewelry in Moorhead. He served in the Army serving in the Panama Canal zone during the Korean Conflict. In addition to his Horology and watch making work, he became a life insurance agent and worked in estate planning until his retirement in 2015. Bill and Roberta Thorson were united in marriage in 1958, together they had a son Jeffrey. Bill enjoyed spending time with his son, Jeff, hunting, fishing, traveling throughout the country, and spending time at their lake home on Lake Eunice for 32 years. Bill was an avid waterfowl hunter for over 70 years, shooting his first Canadian goose at the young age of 9, shooting over 500 geese and some 300 Mallard ducks, holding high marks in trap shooting. Bill also enjoyed, curling, golfing, bowling and lawn dart (jarts), where a nice collection of trophies was gathered. He was an avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves, Lynx and the Gophers. Bill is survived by his son, Jeffrey, Moorhead, MN, two sisters, Elizabeth Landsem, Seattle, WA, Beverly (Chauncey) Rae Myers, Hillmen, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Anthelena, and siblings, Lorraine, Cecelia, Mary, Raymond and Michael.

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  1. I celebrate the life of kind man, customer, and friend to our Hornbacher’s family. We are thinking of you and are here for your family!

  2. RIP, Uncle Bill !!!!! Love you!!!!

    Don’t cry for me, I will be okay. Heaven is my home now, and this is where I’ll stay.
    Don’t cry for me, I’m where I belong. I want you to be happy and try to stay strong.
    Don’t cry for me, it was just my time. I will see you someday on the other side
    Don’t cry for me, I am not alone. The Angels are with me to welcome me home.
    Don’t cry for me, for I have no fear. All my pain is gone and Jesus took my tears.
    Don’t cry for me, this is not the end. I’ll be waiting here for you when we meet again.

  3. Jeffrey: We were so sad to see of your father’s passing. Draw strength in your faith, family, and friends. We will be thinking of you in the upcoming days and weeks. Draw solace from our continued thoughts and prayers to you.

  4. I was so saddened to hear of Bills passing. I will miss frequent visits at St Anna and Joachim church where he had his favorite pew. It was his 5pm pew . Everyone knew that. I also have fond memories of Bills Langdon connection where I was born. He will be remembered by many friends he connected with throughout the years. Very soft spoken , kind to everyone. “May the Angels Welcome Him to Paradise” Inez Hamann-Rath

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