Gregory Todd Gjertson, a longtime Brookings businessman, and owner of Stripes by Todd, passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at his home in Brookings, under hospice care after a courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 57.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 at Rude’s Funeral Home, in Brookings. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at Rude’s Funeral Home.
Gregory Todd Gjertson was born on July 20, 1961, in Brookings, the son of Gjert ‘Ted’ and Phyllis (Hammarlund) Gjertson. He attended school in Brookings and was a graduate of Brookings High School in 1979. He joined the South Dakota Army National Guard and served for six years. He went to work for Coast to Coast. He was married and blessed with three children, Lisa, Ben and Jennifer. He went on to Bowes Construction for a number of years and Rainbow Play System. He was united in marriage to Dienna Frank on September 24, 2005. In 1993, he entered into self-employment, starting Stripes by Todd. He built his business and this past year celebrated 25 years in business.
Todd loved riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycles. He enjoyed camping, fishing, going to auctions and collecting antiques. He loved his family and cherished all the time he spent with all of them, playing games and whatever activity they could find to do. Todd was very passionate about his job and his business. He spent many hours planning and working to always fulfill his customers’ needs.
Grateful for having shared their lives are his wife, Dienna Gjertson, of Brookings; three children, Lisa (Tony) Aspon, of Brookings, Ben Gjertson, of Livingston, MT and Jennifer Gjertson, of Brookings; two stepchildren, Tricia Dupris and Ted Taylor, Jr, both of Eagle Butte; 14 grandchildren; mother, Phyllis Gjertson, of Brookings; three sisters, Denise (Danny) Olaer, of Brookings, LaVay (Jeff) Mosley, of Brookings, Shelly (Doug) Duin, of Cumming, GA; two brothers, Cliff (Judy) Gjertson, of Foley, AL and Scott (Judy) Gjertson, of Brookings and a host of nieces, nephews and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ted Gjertson; two brothers, Jim Gjertson and Larry Moore; one grandchild, Gabriel Nygaard and all of his grandparents.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com