Brad Torkelson

Sept. 1, 1957 – July 30, 2014

Brad Torkelson, 56, Powers Lake, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in a Fargo care center. A memorial service will be Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at 10 a.m., at St. James Catholic Church in Powers Lake. There will be a rosary service and time for sharing on Sunday, Aug. 3, at 5 p.m., at the church. Interment of ashes will be at St. James Catholic Cemetery, Powers Lake.

Brad was born in Willmar, Minn., on Sept. 1, 1957, to Elmo and Alice Torkelson. He grew up in Litchfield, Minn., graduated from Litchfield High School and attended Willmar Technical College.

Brad was the manager of the Farmers Union Cenex in Powers Lake for more than 30 years and also a realtor with Coldwell Banker. He was involved in various community organizations and was active in St. James Catholic Church.

Brad married Laurie Martin on Oct. 19, 1979. They shared a love of the outdoors and enjoyed many camping trips to the mountains. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and had many hobbies including making knives and woodworking. He cherished his time with his children and Saturday morning donuts and Dairy Queen treats with his two granddaughters.

Brad is survived by his wife, Laurie, Powers Lake; daughter, Mandy (Curtis) Hojian, of Bismarck; son, Michael (Brooke) Torkelson, of Moorhead, Minn.; granddaughters, Kylie Torkelson and Kassy Hojian; father, Elmo; siblings, Paul, Gehard, Darrel, Tom, Klint, Orin and Joanne; godchildren, Carl, Jonathon and Allison; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice.

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