Gordon E. Lyrek, age 72 of Watkins, MN died on Monday February 27, 2023, at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by his family. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at 11:00 am at the Church of Saint Nicholas, Watkins, MN. Visitation will be held Monday, March 13, 2023, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM, with a Prayer Service at 5:00 pm, at Ertl Funeral Home, Watkins, MN. Interment will be held at the Saint Nicholas Cemetery.
Gordon Edward Lyrek, the son of Edward and Gertrude (Remer) Lyrek was born on July 26, 1950, in Watertown, MN. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Waverly, MN in 1969. Gordon was united in marriage to Suzan Steinleitner on April 19, 1975, in Waverly, MN. He worked in fiberglass manufacturing and later went back to his farming roots; milking cows for 30 years in Montrose, Eden Valley and Watkins. Family was important to Gordy. He was a good friend and mentor to his siblings over the years and cared for his mother in Montrose. He was a member of the Church of Saint Nicholas. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, traveling, taking trips to the casino, farm talk with his friends and driving around his neighborhood, watching the crops grow.
Gordon is survived by his wife Sue of Watkins, MN; children Dave (Carrie) of Watkins, MN, Lisa (Jeramy) Bizzell of Colorado, Brian (Heidi) Lyrek of Kimball, MN and Lynn (Kris) Charette of Watkins, MN; grandchildren Amaya, Danielle, Tyler, Carter, Sam, Bryce, Megan, Ella, Brielle, Brody, Hailey and Kenzie; siblings Geri (Larry) Lyrek of St. Louis, MO, Mary (Chad) Mikalunas of New York, Chris Shaar of Montrose, MN, Edward Jr. Lyrek of Montrose, MN and Robert Lyrek of Montrose, MN; and his sister-in-law Judy.
He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Gertrude; and siblings Lawrence, David, Catherine and Jeffrey.