James “Jim” Gorder, age 54 of Morris, Minnesota, formerly of Starbuck, MN, passed away peacefully from complications of Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome at his home on Saturday, December 14, 2019.
Visitation for Jim Gorder will be on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Starbuck Funeral Home in Starbuck, MN. Visitation will continue on Thursday, December, 19th from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Fron Lutheran Church in Starbuck, MN.
Memorial services for James “Jim” Gorder will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at Fron Lutheran Church in Starbuck, MN, with Reverend Paul Johnson officiating.
A private family burial will take place at a later date in Fron Cemetery, rural Starbuck, MN.
James Richard Gorder was born in Starbuck, MN, on March 18, 1965, to Jacob and Eleanore Gorder. He attended school in Morris, MN for his preschool and elementary years, and he returned to Starbuck for school in 1981. In his younger years, Jim was known for his vivid imagination aided by numerous props (e.g., pastor’s collar, fireman hat, patrol hat). His high school career was memorable for directing the band and playing basketball. He traveled with his classmates to Washington DC. im graduated from Starbuck High School in 1986. After high school, Jim worked at Stevens County Developmental Achievement Center, both in the community and at the Center. He lived in Prairie Community Services, Inc. (PCS) homes in Morris, MN, from 1990 on. Some of his highlights were carrying the Olympic Torch and visiting Texas and Nashville.
Jim was well-known for his love of music and food, his gentle nature and strong will, his sense of humor, his enthusiasm for life, and the love he gave to all who knew him. Jim brought joy and sunshine to many people. He inspired several family members and friends to become special educators.
Jim is survived by his brother: Jerry Gorder of Bloomington, MN; sisters: Julie (Denis) Holman Tadych of Blaine, MN, Jane (Paul) Hjelle of New London, MN, and Jill (Scott) Bartlett of Starbuck, MN; aunts and uncles, and nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by parents: Jacob and Eleanore Gorder; sister-in-law: Brenda Gorder; brother-in-law: Clifford Holman; grandparents, and several aunts and uncles.
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, MEMORIALS ARE PREFERRED TO: PRAIRIE COMMUNITY SERVICES, INC., STEVENS COUNTY DEVELOPMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT CENTER, KNUTE NELSON HOSPICE OR FRON LUTHERAN CHURCH.
Starbuck Funeral Home in Starbuck is in charge of the arrangements.