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Obituaries from the week of Aug. 18, 2010

Ray Torkelson, 82

Ray Ernest Torkelson age 82 of Tracy, MN died Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at the Sanford Tracy Area Medical Center. Services were held Saturday, August 14, 2010 at Tracy Lutheran Church.  Interment followed in the Restland Memory Gardens in Slayton, MN.  The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements.

Ray Ernest Torkelson was born December 27, 1927 to Chris and Adeline (Nemitz) Torkelson in Worthington, MN. Ray was baptized at the First Presbyterian Church in Wilmont, MN and confirmed at the Zion Lutheran Church in Iona, MN. He attended country school five miles north of Wilmont. Ray worked on the family farm until enlisting in the US Navy in October of 1952. He received his transfer from active duty to the Naval Reserves in October of 1956 and received his honorable discharge in October of 1960. He then returned to the family farm.

On November 25, 1961 Ray married Marlene O. Johnson at Tracy Lutheran Church in Tracy, MN. Besides working on the family farm, Ray went to work part-time for Koob’s Implement in Slayton, MN until moving to Currie, MN in 1971. He then went to work on the Malone farm for 31 years, until his health forced him to retire.

Ray enjoyed being a “shade tree mechanic” in his free time. He was also a Golden Gloves boxer from 1947 to 1949 in Slayton. His greatest love was spending time with his wife, kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren. One of the favorite things the grandchildren recall about grandpa was his tire swing rides when he got home from work.

Ray is survived by his wife, Marlene Torkelson of Tracy, MN; three sons, Greg (Lori) Torkelson of Tracy, MN, Kenny Torkelson of Worthington, MN and Steve (Roxanne) Torkelson of Olivia, MN; six daughters, Marie (Charlie) Bjorklund of Tracy, MN, Lynn (Dave) Petersen of Tracy, MN, Lori Carlson of Balaton, MN, Shari Thomas of Tracy, MN, Amy Lamfers of Tracy, MN and Kari (Jim Sykora) Torkelson of Marshall, MN; twenty seven grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; one brother, Donald Torkelson of Howard, SD; nieces, nephews and many friends.

His son, John Charles Torkelson, his parents, two sisters, Dorothy Jorgensen and Stella Schmit, infant sister, Betty, brother, Lester Torkelson, infant brother, Elmer Torkelson and his great granddaughter, Madyson Stirn preceded him in death.


Elmer Weedman, 93

Funeral services were held Friday, August 13, 2010 at Tracy United Methodist Church for Elmer Weedman of Tracy. Interment was in the Walnut Grove City Cemetery in Walnut Grove, MN. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements.

Elmer Earl Weedman was born May 28, 1917 to Earl and Margaret (Jones) Weedman on a farm north of Revere, MN, Redwood County.  He attended country school and began farming with his father at a very young age.  In the late 1930’s his family moved to a farm south of Amiret, MN. 

It was while living on this farm that Elmer met his future bride and worked for her father as a farm hand for a couple years.  On December 14, 1940 Elmer married Donna Wreath in Walnut Grove, MN and they made their home on a farm south of Milroy, MN.  For the next eight years Elmer worked for Tom Hicks, before starting out on his own farm, west of Tracy.  He moved back south of Milroy in 1958, and then moved in 1972 to the farm where he finished up his farming, south of Amiret, next to the farm he lived on when he met his wife.  In 1983 Elmer retired from farming and he and his wife moved into Tracy.

Elmer worked hard and enjoyed farming all these years, often marveling at the change in farming that he had seen is his lifetime, from horses to the large equipment of today.  He was a member of the Tracy United Methodist Church in Tracy.

In June of 2008 Elmer became a resident of the Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy, where he died Monday, August 9, 2010, surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 93.

Elmer is survived by his two daughters, Pat Marks of Marshall, MN and Peg Stock of Montevideo, MN:  four sons, Richard (Carolyn King) Weedman of Lamberton, MN, David (Joanne Corbett) Weedman of Walthan, VT, Earl E. Weedman of Tracy, MN and Todd (Sandy Bonomo) Weedman of Salisbury, VT; ten grandchildren; six great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many friends.

His wife, Donna, daughter, Dianne, three brothers, Donald, Glen and LuVerne, and three sisters, Thelma Picht, Ruth Gremmert and Opal Schultz preceded him in death.


Louise Wynn, 90

Louise Gladys (Michel) Wynn, 90 of Sioux City, left her human temple on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at Casa de Paz Care Facility.  Funeral Services were held Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel with Pastor Mike Ring of Glad Tidings Lighthouse, and Bishop Clifford Wilkinson of The Church of Latter Day Saints, co-officiating.  Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

Louise, also known as Weezy, Winy, or Gladys (nicknames she always greeted with a smile), was born into his world on February 27, 1920 in Tracy, Minnesota to Charles and Nancy (Minolia) Michel.  She was raised in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, attended a one room country school in Tracy, graduating in 1938. 

Weezy married Clifford F. Wynn in 1938 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  They moved from the farm to Sioux Falls where Clifford worked until he was the first man drafted in South Dakota to the United States Navy.  When her husband’s ship came to port, Weezy traveled by train to California (stating it was a long and beautiful trip).  In May of 1940, the couple’s first of three sons was born, Vernon James Wynn.  Their second son was born in September of 1942, Scharrel Michel Wynn, and in September of 1946 Charles Franklin “Dubby” Wynn completed the family.  The family moved to Sioux City in 1949, and Weezy worked at The Battery as a spell worker (a relief worker able to replace multiple factory positions), she worked at Catt’s Drug Store as a waitress, and later as a retouch artist at Gannley Studios.  Weezy began her career as a nurse’s aide at St. Luke’s Hospital beginning in 1962. She was the first aide to assist in the Emergency Room at St. Luke’s and retired only a few years ago.  Louise was a wife, mother, friend, and a pal. 

She loved gardening, fishing, camping which included pick nicking, crocheting, and knitting.  She made handmade dolls and sold them to coworkers and church members.  Louise loved children, and accepted unfortunate kids into her home so they could have a place to sleep, eat, bathe, and learn.  She had them call her “mom” and always wanted to know they were safe and where they were.  She was asked recently by her grandchildren if she could, what would she change in her life? Weezy’s response was simple, “There is nothing in my life I would change.” 

Louise is survived by her sons Vernon James Wynn and his wife Carole of Salix, and Charles Franklin “Dubby” Wynn of Sioux City; nine grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and 4 great great grandchildren.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clifford in 1999, son Scharrel Michel Wynn, grandson Michel Wynn, brother George Doane, and one great grandson.

Casketbearers for the service will be Jody Wynn, Jacob Wynn, Amanda Wynn, Kelly Wynn, Derick Hardnett, and Jeremiah Hardnett.

All the Wynn family is looking for Louise’s granddaughter Kimberly Kay, born in Hemingford, Nebraska.