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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Gordon Berndt
November 13, 1924 - August 23, 2020

Residence: Williston, ND

Gordon Herbert Berndt of Williston, ND, (formally of Fairview, MT) passed away peacefully on Aug. 25, 2020, in Billings, MT, after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was comforted at his passing by his son, daughter and their spouses at Sweetwater Assisted Living. St. John’s Hospice was assisting with his care.

Gordon was born on Nov. 13, 1924, as the 11th of 13 children to his parents Gustav and Frederika (Senechal) Berndt on their farm north of Anamoose and Drake ND. He attended school at Round Lake School through the 8th grade.

Gordon arrived in Fairview in 1944 to visit sisters and soon found work at Thomas Service Station. He met Irene Henderson through her brothers. Gordon and Irene were married in 1945 at Irene’s parents homeplace west of Fairview, which they later farmed. Their 3 children, Dennis, Gene, and Colleen were born during this time as well as infant daughter Wanda, who died at birth. Gordon started driving a school bus route while farming, as well as the activity trips, and continued for many years. He enjoyed the many students who rode during the years. Gordon and Irene were long time members of the Lonsdale Methodist Church in Sidney, MT.

The family moved to Fairview in 1961 and Gordon worked for Davidson Hardware and then started a long career with Cenex in Fairview and Sidney. He retired from Cenex in Sidney at age 81 after some 43 years. He enjoyed working with the many customers over the years and the fellow workers at both Fairview and Sidney. Gordon was an accomplished guitar player and took great pleasure playing in a local country band that performed at many venues across eastern Montana and western North Dakota. He also gave guitar lessons to local youth.

Gordon enjoyed gardening, reading, walking, feeding and talking to his local rabbits, squirrels and birds. He was always up for a good visit and laughs with friends and relatives, or sometimes strangers. Having a piece of pie, cake or any other dessert always made those visits extra special.

Irene passed away in 2010 and Gordon moved to Bethel Heritage Manor independent living in Williston. He found many new friends and always looked forward to working on puzzles, doing his walking and getting visits from friends and relatives.

Gordons greatest joy was being with family. The visits, gatherings big or small, holiday meals and special occasions with his children, grandkids, great grandkids, brothers, sisters’ and in-laws families were always very special. Gordon had a great sense of humor and loved a good joke and laugh. They were always a part of his letters and phone calls. He lived a long, good life and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his son Gene (Lenore) Berndt of Billings, daughter Colleen (Cal) Peterson, Williston; daughter in-law Barb Berndt, Helena, MT; grandchildren and great grandchildren Troy Berndt, Missoula, MT; Tracy (Jenna) Berndt and their daughters Braelynn and Ainsleigh, Missoula; Shayla (Rocky) Vaira and children Triston, Madison, Mya of Lithia, Florida;
Brady (Megan) Berndt, Moorhead, MN; Laci (James) Hart, Gillette WY, and their children Gavin, Cooper, Kynli and Aria; Rayna (Erik) Jorgenson, Bainville, MT and children Jolee and Parker; Lance (Jessica) Berndt, Fargo, ND; Megan Berndt, Richmond, IN; sisters in-law Irlene (Walter) Berndt, Billings, Ethel (Skee) Berndt, Sidney; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Gordon was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Irene, his son Dennis in 2017, infant daughter Wanda, his parents, father and mother in-law Arthur and Jessie (Thomas) Henderson, brothers Rueben, Al, Walter, Leslie (Skee), and Russell; sisters Agnes Riedel, Grace Elliot, Ellie Johnson, Gladys Martin, Amy Smick, Ethel Berndt and Marcia Berndt.

The family would like to thank all of his doctors and nurses over the years, the staff at Sweetwater Assisted Living and St. Johns Hospice, and all of his friends and staff at Bethel Heritage Manor and his good friend Sally Melland, who helped with many things and provided good company.

A private/virtual ceremony is planned for the near future in Sidney with burial to be in the Sidney Cemetery. Cremation has taken place and Fulkerson Funeral Home of Sidney is in charge of arrangements. The family is planning to have a Celebration of Life/Memorial for Gordon next summer with family and friends. Please make any memorials to your favorite charity.

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Char Borud
Aug 24, 2020
Sorry for your loss
David Linde (Fairview , Montana )
Aug 24, 2020
so sorry for the loss of Gordon
Randy Berndt (Sidney , Montana )
Aug 25, 2020
Gene and Colleen- we are so sorry for your dad’s passing. Uncle Gordon was the most laid back man I ever knew. There wasn’t a mean bone in his body! I remember the talks we had when he worked at the Sidney Cenex store. May he Rest In Peace.
kevin and jackie sullivan (Watford City, ND)
Aug 25, 2020
Sorry to hear about this. Gordon was so nice and friendly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Violet E Tharp, Edward Vaira (Sidney, Montana)
Aug 25, 2020
We are sorry for your loss. Shayla, I know you really loved your grandpa. I didn't realize he was so much older than Eddy.
Angie Hallesy (Epping)
Aug 25, 2020
I am so sorry Collen I will miss your dad greatly. He was a great man.
LaRae Hagel (Sidney, MT)
Aug 26, 2020
We are so very sorry to hear of Gordons passing. Such a wonderful, sweet man. Hugs and prayers, LaRae and Mike Hagel
Nick Flynn (Cumming, GA)
Aug 27, 2020
Sad to hear about Gordon’s passing. He offered me my first job forty years ago. Rest In Peace.
Margaret Flynn (Fairview, Mt.)
Aug 28, 2020
Colleen, Gene and families.
I had the pleasure of working with
Gordon. I'll never forget, when I was first hired he was very good at showing me what and how to do things. He once told me, "I've forgotten more about this place than you could ever learn" and he was right! He was a good man that loved his family and adored his wife. They were the cutest couple. I will always treasure the memory of your Dad, he was one of a kind.
Erin O'Connor (Miles City, MT)
Sep 4, 2020
I worked with "Gordo" as i called him at Cenex in Sidney for about three years on my summers and Christmas Breaks home from college and then after i graduated until i moved. I loved working with him! I will never forget when "Some Beach" would come on the radio and he would tell me that was 'his song' or that "his give a damn was busted", too when we'd hear that song playing. I still think of him whenever i hear those! It wasn't unusual to come around a corner and catch him doing a little jig. His quiet demeanor and sharp, unexpected sense of humor were great. He wrote the nicest, short little note on my goodbye card when i left Cenex and moved.
Gordon was a gem and i'm glad i was able to know him! My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Irene Berndt (Eagan, MN)
Sep 12, 2020
Sorry for your families loss. I remember both Gordon & Irene as kind, fun, and generous people when I would visit with my ex-husband Gerald Berndt.
Tom & Debbie Carlsen (Belle Fourche, SD)
Sep 12, 2020
Gene, Like so many people have written,your Dad was a quite gentleman,yet always had a twinkle in his eye. It was always good to see him when we were home and filled up at the COOP. He had to be a saint busing us yahoos around like he did. Our condolences to you and your family. It has been way to long my old friend.
Lanette and Mark Lushenko (Molalla, Oregon)
Sep 19, 2020
Sending heartfelt sympathies to the family! So sorry for your loss!
Barb Berndt - Troy, Tracy, Jenna, Braelyn & Ainsligh
Gene, Lenore, Colleen & Cal
Beloved Grandpa
Sonya & Ken Boykin
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