4-6:00 P.M. Friday, December 19, 2014 at Hope Lutheran Church North Campus, Fargo.
1-2:00 P.M. Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Hope Lutheran Church North Campus, Fargo.
6:00 P.M. Friday, December 19, 2014 at Hope Lutheran Church North Campus, Fargo.
2:00 P.M. Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Hope Lutheran Church North Campus, Fargo.
Riverside Cemetery, Fargo.
Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Bernard Gilman (Gil) Pladson passed away on December 16, 2014 surrounded by his family and wonderful caregivers at Rosewood on Broadway.
Gil was born on July 18, 1928 in Kelvington, Saskatchewan, Canada on the family farm to Clara and Berndt Pladson. Dad knew the love of his father only a short time, as Berndt died when Gil was three. His mother persevered raising five children on her own, through such adversity that most of cannot imagine, yet Gil always shared the love for his mother and his memory of her singing to him and the other children. She passed when Gil was only ten.
Orphaned at a young age, Gil was sent to Hatton, North Dakota to live with an aunt and uncle, with his younger sister. Two of Gil’s brothers remained in Canada and his other sister was sent to live in Minnesota. The separation of the siblings caused a void for Gil that he spent years of his life filling up with his own family, then later reuniting with his brothers and sisters.
Gil attended high school in Hatton and graduated in 1946.
After high school, he worked at Hatton Lumber. Gil served our country as a member of the Army, stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was very proud of his service and proud of our country.
Gil’s life began in earnest when he met Gayle DeAnn Strand in 1954. They met at a barn dance when Gayle was still in high school. As they danced, Gil noticed that they were being filmed for television. Gayle was most alarmed telling Gil that she told her parents she was going to church. They were in love — true love.
Gil and Gayle married on June 30, 1956 and began their life in Fargo, North Dakota. While there, Gil worked at Crane Johnson Lumber Company for ten years. In 1967 he went to work for Gourmet Foods as a salesman traveling the tri-state area. He was named Salesman of the Year several times while at Gourmet Foods and retired in 1990. He was known for his smile, courtesy, professionalism and his ability to be a mentor to others.
More important to Gil was his job as a father. Gil set out to make sure his children knew his love. He also made sure the children knew of the love he had for Gayle. Gil was supportive of all of his children and proud of each one of them for their individual accomplishments. While he was on the road and Gayle was left with the children, he showered the children with love and attention on his return. Sometimes, he would take one of the kids out on the road with him creating memories and making teachable moments. Gil wanted to teach his children how to treat people, be kind, honest, look people in the eye, have a firm handshake and work hard. If you were in a moment with Gil, you were learning something. While visiting a local store one of his children found a $100 bill on the floor and looked at her dad with wide eyes. Gil promptly told her to take it to the cashier to see if anyone had lost it. That’s the kind of person Gil was.
Gil would be the first line of defense to protect any of his children. He was standing up for the children in many ways whether he was supporting their activities or hassling the occasional referee. For Gil his family comes first.
Gil and Gayle loved each other deeply and were married 58 years. He would show his love to her by holding her tightly and protecting the family. Gil struggled passing to the other side because he did not want to let her love go. She was his love, his best friend, his caregiver and his light. In the last many weeks when you saw Gil and Gayle together, you know you were looking at true love.
Gil and Gayle have four children, Robin (Richard) Costain; Kevin (DeAnn) Pladson; Tamara (Joe) Seifert; and Daren (Laura) Pladson. He was immensely proud of his children and his ten grandchildren: Allison (Ben), Brett (Maggie), Breann, Melissa, Kylee, Olivia, Betsy, Abby, Sydney and Ryley. He also had the chance to meet two of his great grandchildren, Adelaide and Stella. Gil shared his love of music with his children and grandchildren. He loved to sing and play the guitar at home for his own enjoyment or out and about for others. It is almost impossible to describe the amount of love Gil had in his heart for his family.
Gil is also survived by his brother Roy Pladson, Surrey, British Colombia, and his sisters Joyce Ramsey, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Lenore Ulland, Fargo; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Boyd.
Gil’s family would like to thank the staff at Rosewood on Broadway for their hospitality and care for Gil during his stay; and Hospice of the Red River Valley for the support in the last weeks of Gil’s life.