Edwin L. F. Torkelson — Kenyon

Edwin Leo Fred Torkelson, 95, of Kenyon, formerly of Zumbrota, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at the Kenyon Sunset Home.

He was born Jan. 30, 1918, to Lars and Olava (Holmen) Torkelson. He attended Swenson School House in Wanamingo through the eighth grade. He was a lifelong farmer and began farming near his home. On May 2, 1942, he married Olive Morseth and they later divorced. Throughout his life he also had various jobs, including the Steel Mill in Sterling, Ill., working on a passenger crew ship in Duluth, road construction for Fischer Construction in Ely, and most recently road construction with Quarve and Anderson Construction of Rochester prior to his retirement.

Edwin enjoyed raising animals, restoring old farm machinery and antique violins. His passion was ski jumping and woodworking. Edwin was a lifelong member of Lands Lutheran Church where he was also confirmed.

Edwin is survived by his children, Donald (Janice) Torkelson of Byron, Darlene (Ellis) Waage of Greenbush, Duane (Joanne) Berger of Crookston and Marie Torkelson of Zumbrota; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Edwin was preceded in death by his son, Larry Torkelson; grandson, Darwin Torkelson; siblings, Siguard Torkelson, Olaf Torkelson, Mabel Erstad, Valberg Gierke and Oswald Torkelson.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Lands Lutheran Church, with Pastor David Krinke officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Mahn Family Funeral Home – Larson Chapel in Zumbrota, and for one hour prior to the service at the church.