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David John Gislason

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The funeral service for David “Gooz” Gislason, 67, of Marshall, will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 3, 2022, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 402 East Lyon St in Minneota.  Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at the Horvath Remembrance Center in Marshall.  Visitation will continue on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  Interment will take place at the Westerheim Cemetery in Westerheim Township. A recording of the service will be available on the Horvath Funeral Service website following the service.

David John “Gooz” Gislason was born on January 5, 1955, in Marshall, to Julian and Vi (Anderson) Gislason.  He lived with his parents at the family farm until they moved into Minneota when he was ten.  David was forced to walk to and from school (across the street.)  He graduated from Minneota High School in 1973.  David attended Ridgewater Community College for law enforcement and interned for the Marshall Police Department.  Upon graduation, he worked part-time in Minneota, Tracy and Walnut Grove.  He decided to further his education at Southwest Minnesota State College so he took a job with the Marshall Police Department as a Dispatcher to finance his education.  As sometimes happens, he enjoyed his new vocation so he continued on with them until they merged with the Lyon County Sheriff's Office for the Joint Law Enforcement Center.  At that time, he took a job as a Communications Operator for the Minnesota State Patrol and retired in 2013.  While working one evening in September at the Marshall Police Department, he heard a new voice on the radio and decided to check out the new dispatcher at the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.  After many phone conversations, they finally got together for their first date in November and were engaged in May of 1981.  Just under one year of knowing each other, David married that dispatcher, Mary VanOverbeke, on 9-11 of 1982.  This date happened to be the first available at the church and reception venue but was quite appropriate for two 911 dispatchers.

David’s enjoyments in life included collecting law enforcement memorabilia.  His patch collection became one of the largest in the state.  He also enjoyed golfing, metal detecting, fishing and teasing his family and friends.  He enjoyed conducting services at St. Paul’s and Spring Creek in his younger years, and later at the Minneota Manor when needed.  David had a great sense of humor and we are comforted to know there is now much laughter in heaven.

David went to be with the Lord on Monday, August 29, 2022, surrounded by family and under the care of hospice at his residence in Marshall.  He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Marshall, brother Dennis (Judy) Ozmun of rural Minneota, brothers-in-law Tom (Alice) VanOverbeke of Marshall, John (Pat) VanOverbeke of Marshall and Stephen (Pam) VanOverbeke of Russell; sisters-in-law Bea (Bill) Jerzak of Ivanhoe, Sue (Wes) Post of Edgerton, Joyce (Ed) Eppinger of Bartlesville, OK, Cindy Jolstad of Marshall, Susan VanOverbeke of Eagan, Nancy (Leigh) Ribble of Scottsdale, AZ, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that were like family.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Duane and Warren Ozmun, sister Joan in infancy; mother and father-in-law Julia B. and Alphonse VanOverbeke, brothers-in-law Brian VanOverbeke and Anthony VanOverbeke, Nephews Tony Ozmun and Anthony VanOverbeke II, and niece Marie VanOverbeke.

Memorials preferred to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 402 E. Lyon, Minneota, MN  56264.

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There will always be a headset for him at the MSP Communications Center!

Timothy Boyer State Patrol Director of Communications Sep 15 2022 3:11 PM

& let him know how much our Family cared about David.
He was a family friend for many years & always had a smile & hug for me.
May he rest in Peace!

Darlene Noyes Sep 5 2022 10:26 PM

A candle was lit in memory of David Gislason

Wally & Glenice Augeson Sep 3 2022 5:22 PM

I just watched the video and it made me proud to know him. I enjoyed all our visits when I served him while we would share our love of the Lord. I will always think of him and you too Mary-when I make ginger snap cookies from the recipe he shared with me. I will surely miss him and my prayers and heart are with you Mary and your loved ones left to treasure his memory ..

Cathy Rhymer Sep 3 2022 12:11 PM

Mary, Sorry to hear of David's passing. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Kevin Lather Sep 2 2022 6:31 PM

A candle was lit in memory of David Gislason

City of Marshall Sep 1 2022 3:55 PM

Mary, my deepest sympathy on the loss of Dave. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Carolyn McDonald Sep 1 2022 3:06 PM

A candle was lit in memory of David Gislason

Sue Martin Sep 1 2022 8:27 AM

I remember Dave with a smile. I remember in band looking over and seeing him playing the Baritone section next us in the Trombone section. He was just a fun person. I think anyone who knew him would agree. I want to extend Mary and family my condolences for her loss.

Keven Peterson Sep 1 2022 1:22 AM

Mary, so sorry for your loss!

Shirley Ross Sep 1 2022 12:56 AM

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