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    Karlstad - Clifford Torkelson, 89, died at the Karlstad Healthcare Center on Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
    Funeral services were held Saturday, July 7, at Hegland Lutheran Church of rural Karlstad. Interment was held at Hegland Lutheran Cemetery.
    Clifford Torkelson, the son of the late Gunval and Julia (Bjorlokken) Torkelson, was born on March 5, 1923 in Nelson Park Township, Marshall County, near Karlstad. He attended a rural school near his home and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at
Hegland Lutheran Church of rural Karlstad where he was a lifelong, dedicated member.
    Following school, Clifford stayed on the home farm to help his parents and eventually took over the farm in the mid ’50s.  While working his farm, Clifford also worked at Polaris Industries in Roseau for many years. In 2005, Clifford sold his farm to Gerald and Jeanette Vigstal and moved into an apartment in Karlstad. He enjoyed driving back out to the farm on an almost daily basis.  Clifford resided at the Karlstad Health Care Center since June 1.
    Clifford was a life long member of Hegland Lutheran Church, where he rang the church bell every Sunday morning before church services and
sometimes even at 6 a.m. just for a wake up call. He tended to all the duties in the church as a general caretaker of the church and the grounds for many, many years until his health failed.  He really enjoyed the potluck meals served by the Hegland ladies aide and also enjoyed traveling to other socials to spend time with his many friends. He also enjoyed going to the restaurant in Karlstad almost every morning for breakfast so he could catch up on the latest news and would also like to drive his little red car to Strathcona for lunch. He loved to go for drives in the country to see how the area crops were progressing and to look for wildlife.
    Clifford loved his brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and their families. He was always interested to where they were living and what they were doing
and would always have a big smile on his face when they would bring the young children over to see him.
    Left to mourn Clifford’s passing are three sisters: Lu (Harlan) Darkenwald of Long Prairie, Lorraine (Bill) Costello of Brookings, S.D., and Evelyn
Warnes of Morris; Gerald Vigstol, who has made his home with the Torkelsons since his early youth; in addition to many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Harold, Glenn and one in infancy; three sisters, Alice Hodne, Eunice Torkelson and Audrey McKnight.
    Funeral arrangements were with Collins Funeral Home of Karlstad. An online guestbook is available at www.collinsfunerals.com.     A00003B2012JY18