Gregory Blaine Wallin, 65, of Rush City, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at The Estates at Rush City.
Greg was born on December 27, 1952, in Braham, Minnesota to Blaine and Phyllis Wallin, joining big sister Connie. The small family of four moved to Brooklyn Park when Greg was 2 and soon Julie and Patty joined the family.
In school, Greg was very active in choir and was selected to be part of a small Madrigal group of singers participating in many concerts and contests. Greg graduated from Cooper High School in 1971. Shortly after graduation, Greg began working at Team Electronics and then moved to specialize in the installation of after- market car stereos. In 1975 Greg joined his dad at Jesco, Inc. working as a mason laborer. While there, he earned the nickname "Hammer", which stuck with him the rest of his life.
In the early 1980's, Greg moved in with his Grandmother and Uncle, James and Clara Lundahl, to assist them with the farm. He was a great companion and help to both of them, and all three benefited from this relationship. While living in Dalbo, Greg also worked a variety of different jobs including a Cabinet Shop, part time bartender and cook at the Dusty Eagle, and in the automotive department at Walmart.
In 2003, Greg suffered a series of small strokes and was unable to return to the farm. He stayed in several different care facilities, finally landing at The Estates at Rush City (formerly Golden Living) in 2010. Greg really enjoyed living there and it became home to him. Although Greg could no longer get around without a wheel chair, he still enjoyed eating, teasing the staff and challenging anyone and everyone to arm wrestle - which he generally won.
Greg was preceded in death by parents Blaine and Phyllis Wallin.
Greg is survived by sisters Connie (Kent) Lee, Julie (Tim) Englund, and Patty (Craig) Conlon, 4 nieces, 4 nephews, 3 great nieces and 3 great nephews.
We will be forever grateful for the wonderful care Greg received at The Estates. They became an extension of our family, giving Greg the care, we could not provide.
Funeral Service 2PM, Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Salem Lutheran Church of Dalbo. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the church cemetery.