Fred Gilbert Stark passed away Friday, February 24th, 2012 at his home in
Princeton at the age of 86 years, 5 months and 1 day.
Fred was born on September 23, 1925 to Elmer and Anna (Askling) Stark in
Milaca. He attended country school until the 8th grade. He served in the
US Army from 1944 to 1946, during WWII. He was united in marriage to Gladys
Watson on August 5, 1950 in Milaca. Shortly thereafter, they moved to
Princeton. He worked as an auto mechanic at a couple of different garages
and attended trade school for mechanics. He then went to work for Barton’s
Construction and finally worked at Progressive Contractors, Inc. (PCI) in
the middle of the 1970’s as a heavy equipment diesel mechanic, retiring in
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and working in his garage. He traveled
to Sweden to see relatives twice, following his retirement. He loved to
spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Fred is survived by and will be deeply missed by his wife of 62 years:
Gladys of Princeton; two daughters: Patty (Stephen) Wills of Princeton and
Karen (David) Orsburne of Mora; three grandchildren: Mike (Melissa) Orsburne
of Apple Valley, Bryan (Stacey) Hatch of Mora, Scott (Melinda) Orsburne of
Princeton; six great-grandchildren: Connor, Sean, Seth, Kate, Madeline and
Mariella; two step grandchildren: Craig (Courtney) Wills of St. Paul and
Cory Wills of Mora; five step great-grandchildren; and Mary Gale of Elk
River, who was like a daughter to him; also many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Elmer and Anna; five brothers:
Albert, Leonard, Walter, Warren and Stanley; and grandson: Jeff Hatch.
Visitation: One hour before services at the funeral home.
Service: 11 AM, Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the Williams Dingmann Family
Funeral Home, Princeton.
Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, Milaca, MN.