Russell Ernest TollefsonRussell Ernest Tollefson, 81, of Crookston, Minnesota, died peacefully at his home, early Saturday morning, October 17, 2009.
Russell Ernest Tollefson
Russell Ernest Tollefson, 81, of Crookston, Minnesota, died peacefully at his home, early Saturday morning, October 17, 2009.
Russell was born in Beltrami, Minnesota, January 7, 1928, the son of Tinus and Theresa (Pullar) Tollefson. He attended the Ranch School in rural Beltrami and the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, graduating in 1945.
On June 12, 1951, Russell was united in marriage to Darlene Olson in Fertile, Minnesota. During the Korean conflict, Russell served in the U.S. Army and was stationed stateside at the Atlanta Depot in Hapeville, Georgia. After his honorable discharge in 1953, he returned to the area. Together, he and Darlene farmed for many years. Russell served as a Sunday school teacher for many years and as Sunday school superintendent at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Beltrami. He was a member of the Resurrection Free Lutheran Church in Beltrami. Russell was a member and volunteer of the Western Minnesota Steam Threshing Reunion. He had an interest in steam engines and was a longtime member of the Steam Automobile Club of America, Inc. Russell was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother. He will be remembered for the time he enjoyed spending with his family.
Loving family members include his wife, Darlene; children, Terry (Elizabeth) Tollefson and Karen (Gerald) DeBoer, all of Crookston, MN, Rodney (Sylvia) Tollefson of Greenbush, MN, Todd (Robin) Tollefson and Mary Munch, all of Beltrami, MN; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Theodore (Megan) Tollefson, Carrie (Robert) Lovelace, Megan Tollefson, Jay (Heather) DeBoer, Amy (Greg) Wymer, Thomas (Annie) DeBoer, Katie (Eric) Tuchscher, Nathan DeBoer, Mark, Timothy, and Jennifer Tollefson, Gretchen (Lukas) Dziengel, Peter, Bethany, AnnaMae Tollefson, Stacia, Micah, Joshua, and Heidi DeBoer, Jacob, MacKenzie, Leah, and Benjamin Wymer, James, and Kaitlyn DeBoer, and Claire Dziengel; Caleb (Mary)Munch, Amanda (Cody) May, and Gilbert; brothers and sisters, Bert Tollefson, Raymond (Marian) Tollefson, and Dwain (Nancy) Tollefson all of Crookston; Doris Desautels of Fargo, ND, Paul (Elaine) Tollefson and Roger (Barbara) Tollefson all of Crookston, and Joyce Vogt of Union Town, OH; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Russell was preceded in death by his parents, Tinus and Theresa, and sisters, Donna and Marian.
The funeral service for Russell Tollefson will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at the Resurrection Free Lutheran Church in Beltrami, MN, with Pastor Dale Finstrom, officiating.
Visitation will be on Tuesday at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home from 5:00-7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service. There will be a 1 hour visitation at the church prior to the funeral service Wednesday afternoon.
Interment will be at the Fairview Cemetery in Beltrami.