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Loren Enfield — Austin

AUSTIN — A funeral service for Loren Enfield will be at 1 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Austin with Rev. Dennis Tamke and Rev. David Simersen officiating.

Mr. Enfield, 84, of Austin, died at his home Thursday (March 5, 2009). 

Loren Keith "Smokey" Enfield was born Nov. 22, 1924 to Elga and Ellen (Cummings) Enfield in Osage, Iowa. He grew up and completed his education there and eventually moved to Austin to work at Geo. A. Hormel & Company. In 1942, he entered the U.S. Army, serving in the Ranger Unit in Europe as a tank driver. Awarded two purple hearts, he served as a Prisoner of War. After his discharge, he returned to Hormel’s, working in the flavor seal warehouse, driving a fork lift. He married Wanda Beth Harden in November 1946.  Mr. Enfield and Wanda later divorced. He retired from Hormel Foods in 1986 and was a rural carrier for the Minneapolis Tribune. A member of First United Methodist Church, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and the VFW, Mr. Enfield enjoyed hunting, fishing, softball, photography, cooking and snowmobiles. He was able to fix everything, family members said, and operated snowmobile dealerships for Polaris, Rupp and Brute. Mr. Enfield was a gunsmith and owned and operated Smokey’s Gun Shop for many years.

He is survived by five sons, Larry (Gwen) Enfield of Ely, Minn., Michael (Cindy) Enfield of Austin, Tom (Lisa Sanders) Enfield of Austin, David (Ginny) Enfield of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Dan Enfield of Austin; daughter, Penny (Randy) Deters of Brownsdale; daughter-in-law, Dianna Enfield of Rochester; 15 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren, sisters, Margaret (Ray) Jacobson of LeRoy and Dorothy Bergan of LeRoy, as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his son Steven and a brother, Geraldean "Dean."

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Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment is at LeRoy Lutheran Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216.

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