Gordon ‘Gordy’ Iver CazaGordon ‘Gordy’ Iver Caza 89, of Cloquet, passed away Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013,
Gordon ‘Gordy’ Iver Caza
Gordon “Gordy” Iver Caza, 89, of Cloquet, passed away Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet. Gordy was born Feb. 5, 1924, in Iverson, Minn., to Arthur and Borghild Caza. He attended school in Cloquet, participating in local baseball, playing for the American Legion, and boxing competitions.
In 1941 Gordy enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Armstrong in Hawaii at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. After his discharge, he joined the Army National Guard, where he achieved the rank of Mstr. Sgt. At the same time he began a 38-year career with Minnesota Power.
On Sept. 14, 1946, Gordy married Jean Louise Finberg and together they had four children.
Gordy was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church. He belonged to the Pearl Harbor Survivors’ Association, Hebert Kennedy VFW 3979 and Carl Anderson American Legion 262. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, played in bowling and cribbage leagues, and was an avid fan of the Vikings and the Twins. Gordy was a longtime participant in Cloquet parades and was easily recognized by the multi-pinned caps he always wore.
Gordon was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; sister, Jean Anderson; two young brothers, Clayton and Rayfield Caza; and two grandsons, Brian and Chad Caza.
He is survived by his children, Tim (Nancy) Caza of Spring Lake Park, Linda (Cliff) Jezierski of Staples, Dwight (Sheila) Caza of Duluth, and Jack (Jae) Caza of Eden Prairie; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; special niece, Bonnie Oles; and sisters-in-law, Charlene Franzen and Donna Finberg.
Visitation: 5 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet. Visitation will continue from 10 until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Cloquet. Burial will be in Old Calvary Cemetery, Cloquet. Military honors will be accorded by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard. A time of lunch and fellowship will follow in the church social hall. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet. To leave an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthland
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