Gail Sibell, 85
Gail Sibell, age 85 of Osakis, passed away on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at Community Memorial Home in Osakis.
Gail was born July 22, 1926 in Belle River Township, Douglas County, to Henry and Anna (Johnson) Sibell. He grew up and attended school in Osakis. On October 10, 1948 Gail was married to Orpha Edenloff.
Gail worked in the bait business for more than 50 years. He and Orpha opened and for many years operated Sibell’s Bait Shop in Osakis. Upon retirement in 1981, the Sibells moved to a home in Leslie Towhship.
Gail was a member of Osakis Lutheran Church and also belonged to the Osakis Lion’s Club. He loved nature and being outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and hunter who enjoyed traveling to various states to go hunting. Gail also enjoyed doing woodcutting. He and his friend, Al Halgrimson, cut, split and sold more than 90 cords of woods in two years, even though both men were in their mid-60s in age.
He was a kind, hard-working husband, father, grandpa and brother who will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.
Gail is survived by his wife, Orpha Sibell, of Osakis; two sons, Gerald (Linda) Sibell of Hibbing and Darwin (Sue) Sibell of Osakis; two grandsons, Mickey and Christopher Sibell; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Herbert (Audrey) Sibell of Minneapolis and Alvin Sibell of Stockton, CA; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Anna Sibell; and his brothers, Raymond, Harvey, Virgil and Rudy Sibell.
Funeral services for Gail were held on Friday, September 16 at Osakis Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ron Calvert officiating. Musicians were organist, Pat Converse and soloist, Darlene Hendricks. Interment was at Pleasant Mound Cemetery in rural Carlos. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Osakis Lion’s Club. Active bearers were Roy Juntunen, Ray Gabler, Randy Abers, Don Peterson, Darrell Schultz and Glen Sibell.
Arrangements are with Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis; www.royhetland.com.
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