|Lyle Stokke, 72|
|Written by TRF Times|
Viking - Lyle Stokke, 72, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 at the Homestead Hospice in Owatonna.
Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 17, at Zion Lutheran Church in Viking, with Rev. Rena Peterson officiating. Casket bearers included Scott Peters, Gary Johnson, Michael Anderson, Scott Anderson, Joe Candido, John Rokke, Tom Yutrzenka, Gene Halvorson and Ike Ellingsen. Interment was held at the Viking Cemetery.
Lyle Allan Stokke was born on May 9, 1939 in Thief River Falls, the son of Louis Stokke and Hazel Rosalie (Peterson) Stokke. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Viking and graduated from Newfolden High School in 1957. Lyle served in the Army National Guard and took his training at Camp Ripley.
On March 26, 1960 he was united in marriage to Mavis Murray Pederson in Greenbush. The couple made their home on the Stokke family farm near Viking. The couple raised turkeys, breeder hens, sold eggs to Land O’ Lakes, and raised small grains.
Lyle enjoyed reading, current events, deer hunting, watching and listening to the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Twins. His early morning routine included getting, via radio, the international, national, regional, and local news. Second only to his love of family and our country was his love for history and geography. Lyle could readily cite from a vast knowledge of historical events and places. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Viking.
Survivors include his half-sister Eva Ruth of Sonora, Calif.; four children, Denise (John) Rokke of Waseca, Val (Joe) Candido of Toluca Lake, Calif., Nathan (Barbara) Stokke of Geneva, Ill., and Daren (Sara) Stokke of Fort Worth, Texas; eight grandchildren, Brendan Rokke of Minneapolis, Kristen (Michael) Jackson of Springfield, Mo., Jacob Stokke, Luke Stokke and Noah Stokke of Fort Worth, Texas, Cole Stokke, Sydney Stokke of Geneva, Ill., and Jack Candido of Toluca Lake, Calif.; one great-grandchild Lexi Jackson of Springfield, Mo.; nephews, Curtis Peterson, Rodney Peterson; and niece Linda DeFoe of Vacaville, Calif.; and other cousins and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mavis; his parents; two half-brothers, Leo Stokke and Morris Stokke; and one half-sister, Alice Whistler.
Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneral