Gordon Binstock, 80, of McKenzie, passed away after a short battle with ALS on December 23, 2018 at St. Gabriel’s Community where he was surrounded by family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 10:30 am at St. Hildegard’s Catholic Church in Menoken, North Dakota. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2018 from 5:00-8:00 pm at Bismarck Funeral Home. There will be a Prayer Vigil/Rosary starting at 7:00 pm. Visitation will also continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Gordon was born on April 12, 1938 in New Hradec, North Dakota to Anton and Mildred (Bezdicek) Binstock. Gordon did most of his elementary years in New Hradec, ND. Then his family moved to Steele, ND, where he graduated from the 8th grade and then decided to work on the farm.
On October 17, 1956, Gordon married the love of his life, LaVerne Fitterer. They were married in Sheffield, North Dakota. After their marriage, they moved to a farm near Steele, ND, where they lived for a few years and then moved to various small towns throughout ND. They also lived in Missoula, MT and Seattle, WA. Gordon and LaVerne had two children, Renee and Rodney.
Gordon lived his life to the fullest. He was always doing something. He spent a lot of years driving his own semi across the United States. He had plenty of stories to tell about all the crazy traffic and drivers he came across in the big cities. In 1987, he bought a farm north of McKenzie, where he did his favorite thing, farming and being able to drive John Deere equipment. He and his son, Rodney, farmed together for many years. Gordon was driving combines all the way up until the fall that he was moved into St. Gabriel’s. He and LaVerne moved into St. Gabriel’s in December of 2017. Then Gordon went on to become the “King of St. Gabriel’s” because of his flashy bathrobe.
If Gordon was not farming or driving trucks, you could catch him playing accordion. This was another hobby Gordon took great pride in. He was always buying new accordions and updating his music equipment. Gordon even produced his own record. He traveled to Nebraska to produce this. He was a very musically inclined man.
Gordon was a very kind and caring man. He especially cared about his grandchildren and was very proud of all their accomplishments. He was known for his ear-to-ear smile and his “one line” jokes. Gordon also had a very optimistic attitude, even after his diagnosis with ALS. He somehow remained positive and was not afraid of what God had in store for him.
He will be deeply missed by his entire family. He is survived by his wife, LaVerne Binstock, his children, Renee (Kenny) Johnson, Balfour; Rodney (Wanda) Binstock, McKenzie; his grandchildren, Casey Schlosser, Kaitlyn (Zach Rath), and Tara (Jake Hurt) Binstock; his sister, Gladys Zastoupil, New Hradec; and brother, Terry Binstock, Fargo.
Gordon is preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Mildred; his infant brother, Laudie; brother Raymond; sister, Shirley Christmann; brothers-in-law, Bob Fitterer, Lester Christmann, Norbert Zastoupil, and sister-in-law, Loretta Bezdicek.