Dwain Tollefson – Obit

Dwain Dale Tollefson, 85, of rural Crookston, MN, passed away at his home Friday, January 18, 2019, with his loving family at his side.

Dwain was born on May 18, 1933 to Tinus and Theresa (Pullar) Tollefson of rural Beltrami, MN. He served his country with the US Navy from 1951 to 1955 and then started farming. Together with his wife of 60 years, Nancy, they raised 8 children: Susan, Sandy, Valerie, Dawn, Mike, Diane, Robert, and Heidi. When Dwain became a follower of Jesus while in his early 40’s, his main mission in life was making sure that his family knew the Lord and would be in heaven with Him someday.

Dwain and Nancy’s son, Mike, passed away in 1992, leaving a huge hole in their hearts. Dwain’s last words to his son were, “give me a thumbs up if you know you will be in heaven someday.” What Dwain loved most in life was being with his family. Even in his last days, when the advanced stages of Parkinson’s made it difficult for him to communicate, he would have a huge smile on his face when the great-grandchildren were placed in his arms.

Dwaine is survived by Nancy; their 7 living children: Susan (Randy) Neufeld, Sandy (Ron) Anenson, Valerie Haas, Dawn (Donovan) Edlund, Diane (John) Worden, Robert (LeAnna) Tollefson, and Heidi (Jamie) Reed; 25 grandchildren: Gabe (Kelly), Jacob, Zach (Katelyn), and Elijah (Elizabeth) Neufeld, Jeffery (Sarah), Kristin, and Chad Anenson, Naomi (Dan) MacCallum, Rachel (Nick) Richardson, Jessica (Cory Bean) Haas, Katie (James) Inlow, Isaac (Hollie) Edlund, Hannah (Ethan) Pilger, Joshua (Marquelle) Edlund, Luke (Katie) Edlund, Phillip, Stephen, Joanna, and Lydia Worden, Micah, Emma, and Creed Tollefson, and Antonio, Joshua, and Caleb Reed; 13 great-grandchildren and counting; 5 siblings: Doris Desatels of Fargo, ND, Raymond (Marian) Tollefson of Beltrami, MN, Paul (Elaine) Tollefson of Crookston, MN, Joyce Vogt of Uniontown, OH, and Roger (Barbara) Tollefson of Beltrami; and many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Meeting him in heaven were his son, Mike; parents, Tinus and Theresa; brothers, Bert and Russell; and sisters, Donna and Marian. May god bless the memory of Dwain Dale Tollefson.

The funeral service for Dwain Tollefson will be held at 11:00am, Monday, January 21, 2019, at the Resurrection Free Lutheran Church in Beltrami, MN, with Pastor Joel Kangas, officiating. Visitation will be at the Church on Sunday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service, and will continue at the Church on Monday for one hour prior to the funeral. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council. Interment will take place in Scandia Cemetery, rural Beltrami, in the spring.

A special thank you from Nancy and Family for all the love and support shown Dwain goes out to all his wonderful care-givers: Tyree Crayton, Dorothy Borslien, Tory Pastor Richards, Winston Johnson, Robin Tollefson, and so many others in the community.