George W. Gaffney

George W. Gaffney age 88, of Springfield, MN died on December 6, 2019, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. 

Visitation will be on Friday, December 20, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield Chapel and will continue on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Springfield, MN. 

Service will be held at the United Methodist Church in Springfield, MN on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. 

The clergy will be Pastor Rick Frederickson. Interment will be at the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. 

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield, MN. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com. 

George “Windy” Wilford Gaffney was born January 6, 1931, to Alva & Alta (Castle) Gaffney. He was raised in North Redwood where he attended school till the 8th grade before going to Redwood Falls High School. He lettered in track and wrestling, graduating class of 1948. He also met Phyllis during high school. They were married January 9, 1952. He worked in the Cabinet Department at Farm Elevator Co. prior to leaving January 15, 1952 for the Armed services with other Redwood County Draftees. He was honorably discharged from the army February 10, 1960. They moved to Springfield where he worked as a journeyman painter for Miesen’s Color Center until he retired in 1996. 

After a fall at home George was taken to HCMC Hospital in Minneapolis where he passed away late in the evening on December 6, 2019. In his younger years enjoyed fishing and bowling league. He was a member of the American Legion for over 60 years and a member of the honor guard. Also a member of the United Methodist Church of Springfield. After retirement he enjoyed morning coffee with friends. He would drive friends to doctor’s appointments and visit them at the nursing home when ailing. He was an avid reader and enjoyed the Springfield Library. He liked to keep up with the Springfield high school sports teams.  

George is survived by daughters Barbara Ann Gaffney of Woodbury, Lisa Kay and husband Gary Templin of Oakdale, son Mark John and wife Gloria Gaffney of Anoka; grandchildren Caitlin Marie Wilson and Jarrid Michael and wife Leah Wilson and great grandchild Scarlett Wilson of Woodbury; sister Joyce and husband David Lueck of Renville County and several nieces and nephews. 

He was proceeded in death by wife Phyllis (McCorquodale) Gaffney, brother Burt and wife Chrystine Gaffney, sisters, Shirley and husband Eugene Miles, Myrtle and husband Gordon Davis.

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