Dennis Torkelson, 53Dennis Lee Torkelson, age 53, of River Falls, Wis., died on Saturday, Aug. 11, after courageously battling brain tumors.
Dennis Lee Torkelson, age 53, of River Falls, Wis., died on Saturday, Aug. 11, after courageously battling brain tumors.
Dennis was born Oct. 16, 1958, in Baldwin, Wis., to parents Lloyd and Marlys (Roen) Torkelson. Dennis attended school in Baldwin and graduated from Baldwin High School with the class of 1977. On July 20, 1985, Dennis was united in marriage to Kris Ann Bestul at the Peace Lutheran Church.
Dennis worked as a cheese maker at the Bass Lake Cheese Factory. He later used his skills at carpentry and general contracting. Dennis was good at turning wrenches, working on motors, and making home repairs. He was a gifted carpenter who loved to restore old buildings and repair things for family and friends alike. Dennis enjoyed canoeing, collecting, and being a source of encouragement for others. Dennis was also a man of great faith. He served as a "prayer warrior" and a witness to others in their faith. Dennis was also very social - he loved to be around people. Dennis traveled the world on many mission trips where others witnessed his carpentry skills, his people skills, and his love for God. His smile and love will be missed dearly by people all around the world.
Dennis is survived by his wife of 27 years, Kris; his daughters Sarah and Hannah; his mother, Marlys Torkelson; sister, Sharon Handrahan; brothers Jim (Darlene), Gary (Joyce), and Rodney; sister-in-law, Kari (Dan) Schultz; brother-in-law Kurt (Libby) Bestul; as well as many nieces, nephews, friends, and loved ones.
Dennis was preceded in death by his daughter Abigail; son, Benjamin; father, Lloyd; brothers Larry and Wayne; brother-in-law Eugene Handrahan; and parents-in-law, Bob (Lola) Bestul.
Funeral services for Dennis L. Torkelson will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the Peace Lutheran Church, 2084 County Road N, Baldwin, with Rev. Rod Wicklund and Rev. Robert Berning officiating. Burial will follow at the Woodside Cemetery. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to services at the church and also from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin.
Services are in the care of the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin, 715-684-3434, www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com.