Obituary: Alfred Pillsbury Gale

Alfred Pillsbury Gale, age 85, of Minnetrista, died on July 2 in Waconia of natural causes.

Alfred was born to Richard P. and Isobel R. (Rising) Gale on Feb. 14, 1927, in Minneapolis. Alfred was a great-grandson of John Sargent Pillsbury. He was preceded in death by his wife Leona M. Gale, son John C. Gale and brother Richard P. Gale II.

Alfred is survived by his son and daughters-in-law Edward and Maria Gale of Santa Fe, N.M., Mary Gale of Menomonie, Wisc.; grandchildren Samuel E. Gale, Patrick Gale, Sarah C. Gale, Kate I. Gale, Peter D. Gale; nephew and wife Richard and Mary Lyn Gale Ballantine of Durango, Colo.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Marilyn and Hubert Fieber of Wisc., and Edward and Thelma Rowe of Ill.

As a youth, Alfred lived on Wickham Farm in Mound, and attended The Blake School and Mound High School. In 1945, Alfred enlisted in the Merchant Marines and sailed Liberty Ships as an able bodied seaman for two years.

In 1948, he settled in Dickey County, N.D., where he met and married his spouse of 59 years Leona Rowe of Ellendale, N.D. They successfully operated a small grain farm near Fullerton, N.D. for 21 years. In 1971, they relocated to Whale Tail Lake in Minnetrista, where they lived for the remainder of their lives. Alfred maintained a home office where he successfully managed family money and property.

Alfred was very modest about his skill and success as an investor and money manager. He was known for his passionate interest in his garden, orchard and maple sugaring.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday at 11 a.m. at the St. Boniface Catholic Church (4025 Main Street) in St. Bonifacius, with visitation one hour prior to the Mass at church. The Final Resting Place will be at the Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis.