St. Hilaire - Blake Anton Torkelson, 19, St. Hilaire, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 due to an accident while working on his truck.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, with Father Rick Lambert presiding.
Blake Anton Torkelson was born on July 25, 1994 in Thief River Falls, the son of Brett Anton and Danita Ann (Miller) Torkelson. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls. Blake attended Challenger Elementary School, Franklin Middle School and graduated from Lincoln High School on May 24, 2013.
While in school, Blake enjoyed playing hockey, football and running sprints and pole vaulting in track. After he turned 16 and started driving, Blake turned his focus to the outdoors and the freedoms that it provided him. He loved hunting of any sort, whether it was waterfowl, deer, coyote or the occasional squirrel in the back yard and he also enjoyed ice fishing. He loved to do these things with either his family or friends, or on his own.
On Nov. 6, 1998, Blake was blessed with a sister, Kora whom he dearly loved and adored…and tormented and beat her up just to prove his love to her. Along the way he also taught Kora the tricks and trades of hunting and motorcycle riding. She was always his helping hand.
Blake had a personality that was strictly his own and felt that life should always be fun. He was the class clown; he enjoyed the attention of having fun at school while making people laugh, which more often than not came ahead of class work. Blake always had a smirk on his face whether he was in trouble or not.
In addition to his fun personality, Blake was hard working and dedicated in everything he put his mind to whether it was in working on the farm, his vehicles, four-wheeler, snowmobile, building a deer stand or helping anybody in need. While in his younger years, Blake spent many summers working at his Uncle Terry’s pheasant preserve in Bejou. Blake started working at Erl’s while in high school. Upon graduation he immediately started working with Bergstrom Electric as an apprentice, taking schooling and working toward his journeyman electrician.
He was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.
Survivors include his parents, Brett and Danita Torkelson; sister, Kora Torkelson all of St. Hilaire; grandparents, Craig and Sally Torkelson and Bob and Phyllis Miller all of Thief River Falls; aunts and uncles, Darren (Cassandra) Torkelson of Thief River Falls, Darcy (Brad) Nelson of Lakeville, Diane (Jim) Retka of Thief River Falls, Dawn (Brad) Woodward of Warroad, Darrel (Julie) Miller of Cummings, ND, Dana (Loren) Haagenson of Moorhead, Darla Prickett of Thief River Falls; cousins, Lydia, Tim (Christine), Travis, Brady, Carsen, Erin, Steph, Derek, Zach, Ryan, Kelsey, Josh, Gannon, Colton, Tatum, Emily, Alyssa, Elizabeth, Brea and Carli; special friend, Lexi Hjelseth; dog, Mazzy; and many other relatives and friends.
Blake was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Anton and Ellen Torkelson, Pat and Della Conely, Ervin and Florence Miller, and Loran and Mary McCollum.
Blake was an amazing son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. He was dearly loved and will be truly missed by everyone he has touched.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.