Gaston Vlaminck

Jan. 25, 1927-May 12, 2013

MINNEOTA – Mass of Christian Burial for Gaston Vlaminck, 86, of Minneota will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday with a rosary at 5:15 p.m. and a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., at the American Legion Hall in Minneota. Visitation will continue from 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home in Minneota. Burial will follow the service at St. Edward Catholic Cemetery. Military rites will be provided by American Legion Post 199 of Minneota.

He died Sunday, May 12, 2013, at the Minneota Manor in Minneota.

Gaston Andrew Vlaminck was born Jan. 25, 1927, in rural Ghent, to Peter and Ida (Sinave) Vlaminck. He grew up on the family farm and attended school in Ghent and Ivanhoe. Gaston enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Minneota. On April 17, 1948, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Wambeke at St. Edward Catholic Church. The couple farmed and raised their family north of Minneota. In 1996, they moved to Minneota. Gaston was an active member of the American Legion Post 199 of Minneota, the NFO (National Farmers Organization) and St. Edward Catholic Church. He was most passionate about his faith and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, of Minneota; children Tom (and Julie) of Marshall, Jim (and Marcia) of Minneota, Bill (and Mary) of Marshall, Pat (and Phyllis) of Porter, Bonnie (and Ed) Laleman of Minneota, Joann (and Fred) Grant of Rockford, Ill., Judy (and Mike) O’Neil of Waseca, Ron (and Val) of Taunton, Mike (and Dawn) of Ghent and Rick (and Alanna) of Santee, Calif.; grandchildren Gina, Jenny, Chuck, Becky, Ben, Jacob, Shawn, Shandteli, Scott, Chris, Curt, Steve, Brad, Bruce, Tim, Rick, Bonnie, Gabe, Mike, Mackenzie, Patrick, Stephanie, Keith, Erika, Abby, Ryan, Robert and Bryon; 52 great-grandchildren; siblings John (and Bea), Alouis (and Elaine), Lucien (and Jean); and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Shea O’Neil, great-grandchildren Bruce John Laleman, Jr., Laila Rose Vlaminck and Sydney Lee Vlaminck, siblings Martha DeSmet, Paul, Cyriel, Jerry and Andrew Vlaminck.