Dean Tordsen, 76, of Lakefield, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Colonial Manor in Lakefield, Minnesota. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Lakefield with Father Jonathan Fasnacht officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Lakefield and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
Burial will take place at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Lakefield following the service.
Dean William Tordsen, son of Lester and Arline (Rossow) Tordsen, was born on Sunday, April 11, 1943 in Windom, Minnesota. As a child Dean attended Lakefield Elementary School and graduated from Lakefield High School in 1961. After high school Dean enlisted in the Navy and was honorably discharged after six months of service. Upon returning home from the Navy, Dean helped his brother farm and raise cattle. He also worked as a bouncer at the Sioux Valley Log Cabin and the Hut in Arnold’s Park, Iowa, where he met the love of his life Carol Wirtz. Dean and Carol were united in marriage on September 15, 1973 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spirit Lake, Iowa. They moved to Lakefield in 1974 and into their forever home in Lakefield in 1978. Dean and Carol were blessed with one daughter Melissa. He managed the Lakefield Liquor Store for 30 years and retired on January 1, 2009. After retiring Dean enjoyed spending time with his wife. His health started to decline over the last few years and he was admitted into the Colonial Manor Nursing home in Lakefield, where he passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at the age of 76 years, 8 months and 27 days.
Dean was a kind, patient, considerate, and loving person that always looked out for others, helping them out whenever he could. He was a very sociable man, thriving on his one-on-one visits with people. He liked watching the Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Vikings, Chopped and Gunsmoke. Dean had a passion for cooking and would read cookbooks to find new recipes to try. He enjoyed working outside in his garden and flower beds. He loved animals, especially horses and goats. Dean will be missed by all who knew him.
Dean is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carol; daughter Melissa (Rick) Parsons of Fairmont; brothers Merlin Tordsen of Lakefield and Stanley (Kathy) Tordsen of Stewartville; grandchildren Casey and Brandy Parsons; Aunt Joyce Tordsen of Round Lake; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Dean is preceded in death by his parents Lester and Arline, and his aunts and uncles.
Blessed be the memory of Dean William Tordsen.