Obituary, Burton H. Gjefle

Burton H. Gjefle

DURAND, Wis. ā€” Burton H. Gjefle, 86, of La Crosse and formerly of Durand died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, at Franciscan Skemp Healthcare in La Crosse.

Burt was born March 20, 1920, the son of Henry and Tena (Krokem) Gjefle. He was born and raised in Coon Valley, Wis. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1939-45, serving in the Pacific Theater of War. Burt served aboard the USS Colorado (BB45) and the USS Franklin (CV 13). He was married to Gabriela Kadavy from 1943 until 1965. In 1966, he married Ruth Hanson, and they lived in Durand, where Burt worked at Safeway. His wife, Ruth, passed away Dec. 14, 2004. After her death, he moved to La Crosse, where he remained the rest of his life.

Burt is survived by two sons, Gerald (Linda) of Fallbrook, Calif., and Paul (Alison) of Richland, Wash., two daughters, Tena Boberg of Rayneford, Mont., and Aelene Faecke of Bemidji, Minn., 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one stepdaughter, Renee Breaux of Santa Fe, N.M.; three sisters, Borghild Peterson of La Crosse, Sally Mathison of Westby, Wis., and Lucille Maxim of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruth; three brothers, Oscar, Leland and George; and one sister, Aletha Midtlien.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand. The Rev. Sue Bryce will officiate. Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Durand. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home on Friday. Arrangements by Rhiel Funeral Home of Durand.

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