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  Middle River - Robert Joseph “Joe” Toren, 82, formerly of rural Middle River, died on Thursday, July 26, 2005 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Warren. 
  Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 30, at First Lutheran Church in Middle River, with Pastor  Curt Matz and Pastor Mary Lundquist officiating. Casket bearers included Rob Lundquist, Gary Toren, John Toren, Mark Lundquist, Jim Toren and Dale Toren. Interment was held at Spruce Valley Cemetery in Middle River.
  Robert Joseph Toren, the son of the late Arvid and Teckla (Smith) Toren, was born on September 20, 1922, in Spruce Valley Township of Marshall County, near Middle River.   He attended the former District 74 School near his home and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. “Joe” farmed in Spruce Valley Township, raising small grains and beef cattle, in addition to dairy farming. He was a member of First Lutheran Church of Middle River and of the Middle River Community Club. He also served on the Spruce Valley Town Board for several years, and was a member of the Middle River Senior Citizens Group and the Holt Keenagers. 
 On July 6, 1968, Joe was united in marriage to Thelma Kolden Anderson in Middle River. The couple farmed in Spruce Valley Township. Thelma died April 22, 1986, and Joe continued to live on the farm until July of 2000, when he moved to the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Warren.
 He is survived by one sister, Gladys (Myron) Sorter of Newfolden; three step-sons, Calvin and Donald (Darlene) Anderson, both of St. Croix Falls, Wis., and Robert (Jan) Anderson of Thief River Falls; four step-daughters, Patricia (Robert) Swan of Madison, Wis., Maxine (Ed) Monson of Gatzke, Juneve (Dave) Givers of Moorhead and Wanda Johaneson of Thief River Falls; in addition to several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
 Joe was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, two brothers: Melvin and Paul;  two step-grandsons; and sister-in-law, Helen Toren.   A00003B2005AG03