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In Memory of Dennis Torkelson


1 hour prior to services at church, and 4:00-8:00PM on Thursday at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin

Funeral Services

1:00PM on Friday, August 17th at Peace Lutheran Church, 2084 County Road N, Baldwin WI

Dennis Lee Torkelson, age 53 of River Falls, WI, died on Saturday, August 11, 2012 after courageously battling brain tumors. Dennis was born October 16, 1958 in Baldwin, WI, 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 1:00PM on Friday, August 17, 2012 at the Peace Lutheran Church, 2084 County Road N, Baldwin WI with Rev. Rod Wicklund and Rev. Robert Berning officiating. Burial will follow at the Woodside Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church, and also from 4:00-8:00PM on Thursday, August 16th at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin. Services are in the care of the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin, WI. 715-684-3434

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