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Gordon Odin Prickett
November 26, 1935 ~ December 8, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Gordon "Gordy" Prickett, age 88, of Aitkin passed away peacefully on December 8, 2023. Gordon was born in 1935 in Morris, Minnesota, to Glenn and Edna Prickett. He graduated in 1953 from Murray High School in St. Paul, MN and in 1958 from University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering with Distinction. In college he joined the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). Upon graduation Gordon married his high school sweetheart, Jean Strobush, and was commissioned as a Naval Officer. He received advanced flight training was deployed aboard the USS Essex as part of an Air Antisubmarine Squadron (VS34). As a pilot and commander, he led flight missions to surface Russian submarines during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1962, Gordon and Jean returned to St. Paul, where he earned a Master of Science in Mineral Engineering. In the US Navy Reserves (USNR) he flew helicopters until he was honorably discharged in 1992 with a Special Letter of Commendation.
In his professional life, Gordon developed and implemented computer systems for mining operations. He worked for firms in various segments of the mining industry in several states: phosphate in Illinois; copper in Arizona; and coal in Missouri. He developed and implemented an energy research and development program for an electric utility company in Missouri until Gordy and Jean retired on Nord Lake in 1995. There they lived their dream together for 27 years. They became active members of First Lutheran Church in Aitkin and enjoyed participating in community activities.
Gordy had a lifelong love for wilderness, especially Minnesota lake country. In retirement he spent time on the water canoeing, boating and fishing and enjoying the wild creatures especially the loons. He monitored water quality for the state and worked to protect water quality in Aitkin County. With neighbors, he co-founded and led the Nord Lake Association for years. He served on the Aitkin County Planning Commission and was a representative to the Aitkin County Rivers and Lakes Association. For years he shared his love of local lakes by writing a column published in the Aitkin Age. He was an avid photographer, wrote poetry and was part of the Heartland Poets in Brainerd.
Gordon was preceded in death by parents Glenn and Edna (Erickson) Prickett; brother Russell Prickett; niece Suzanne Prickett and his cousin Tommy Prickett.
He is survived by his wife and best friend of 65 years, Jean Prickett.
Grandchildren: Christina Keating; John Keating (Gina Tom); Eric Hallsten; Jason Hallsten; Benji Prickett and Jed Prickett
Great-grandchildren: Dominic, Una Lucia Keating and Gia Keating
Sister Joyce Kirk (Pat Nobles) and Prickett nieces and nephews: Christine, Sylvia, Katherine Prickett; Ani Loew; Larry Kirk
Many extended relatives and special friends of many decades mourn his passing and remember him fondly. A funeral will be held at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin on Saturday, April 13th at 11am. Gordon will be laid to rest at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Ripley, Little Falls, MN. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.srtfuneral.com
Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Aitkin.