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  • ID: I38
  • _UID: 5CC5E415FAB742A59FDBDE86217397D79273
  • Name: Francis Marion WIKEN
  • Suffix: TORKELSON
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 2 AUG 1928 in Baker, Montana
  • Death: 28 SEP 1998 in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Burial: 2 OCT 1998
  • CONF: 6 SEP 1942 St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
  • Christening: 5 NOV 1928
  • Note:

    Obituary: South Milwaukee, WI - Francis M. "Marion" Torkelson, 70, died Monday, September 28, 1998 in South Milwaukee, WI.
    Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 2 at Trinity Lutheran Church in South Milwaukee.

    Francis Marion Torkelson was born on August 2, 1928 in Baker, MT, the son of Melvin and Helen Torkelson. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Pauli Lutheran Church and grew up in rural Thief River Falls. Following graduation from Lincoln High School in 1946, he joined the U.S. Navy and served on tankers. After his discharge in 1948 he began working for Bucyrus Erie.

    In 1950 he married Theresa "Terri" Lara, and they moved to Anchorage, AK where he worked at Elmendorf Air Force Base for a year. After completing station master schooling in Minneapolis he worked for the railroad in Wisconsin and Illinois before returning to Bucyrus Erie where he worked as a welder until his retirement.

    Marion is survived by his wife, Theresa; one daughter, Brenda of South Milwaukee, WI; one son, Steven of Tampa, FL; his mother and stepfather, Helen and Orris Olson of Thief River Falls; two brothers, Wallace (Delores) Torkelson of Thief River Falls and Marvin (Darlene) of West Allis, WI; five sisters, Geraldine Guerard of South Milwaukee, WI, Wahna Smith of Lawrenceville, GA, Faye (Oliver) Auchenpaugh of Thief River Falls, Ivette Garrett of South St. Paul; and Pamela (Kevin) Kittridge of Maplewood; three brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin; and one brother, Willis.
  • Change Date: 5 SEP 2015

    Father: Melvin Olaf TORKELSON b: 6 SEP 1899 in Smiley Township, Red Lake (now Pennington) County, Minnesota
    Mother: Helen Agnes WIKEN b: 17 MAY 1909 in Smiley Township, Pennington County, Minnesota c: 27 JUN 1909 in St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota

    Marriage 1 Living LARA
      1. Has No Children Living TORKELSON
      2. Has Children Living TORKELSON

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