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Gene Gorham, 82

January 3, 1942 – January 8, 2024

Gene Gorham, age 82, of Proctor, MN, passed away on Monday, January 8, 2024. Gene suffered a stroke and had been living with Parkinson’s Disease for many years. Gene was born on January 3, 1942 to Margit and Francis Gorham of Proctor, Minnesota. Gene attended Proctor High School, and was a member of the golf team. He enjoyed golf and spent many hours playing on the Proctor Golf Course. Gene graduated from Proctor High School in 1959. After high school, Gene went on to study mechanical drafting at Gale Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from Gale as a mechanical draftsman in 1962. He began his career at Marquette as a courier and later a draftsman.  Gene also worked for Control Data, Litton, and Wagner. In 1956 Gene met his future spouse Melanie Hagen. Gene and Melanie were married on May 16, 1964.  They went on to have two children, Julie and Jay. The family first lived in St. Louis Park, MN and then moved to Hopkins, MN.Gene retired in 2001. He spent summers in Proctor and winters in Winter Garden, Florida.  Gene enjoyed playing golf, collecting stamps and Hot Wheels cars, going on long bike rides, hiking, traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren. Gene is survived by wife Melanie (Hagen) Gorham, daughter Julie (Gorham) Wrzesien, son Jay Gorham and daughter-in-law Sarah (Snyder) Gorham. He is also survived by five grandchildren. They include Christopher (CJ) Wrzesien, Caitlyn Wrzesien, Caley Wrzesien, Devan Gorham, and Owen Gorham. Gene was the eldest of five siblings and leaves behind Daryl Gorham, Ann Edda (Gorham) Schwarzbauer, Greg Gorham and brother-in-law, Jim Schwarzbauer. Gene was preceded in death by his father, Francis Gorham, mother, Margit (Larson) Gorham, and sister, Shelly (Gorham) Bloom. 

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