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Dean Tordsen


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.

12 thoughts on “Dean Tordsen”

  1. Jim & Joyce Aden says:

    Carol and family,
    Such a shock to see this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time and the days ahead without your loved one. Always enjoyed visiting with him.

    1. Carol Tordsen says:

      Thank you!

  2. Leah Berkner says:

    Thoughts and prayers Carol. Always loved the chats with Dean, he had a heart of gold

    1. Carol Tordsen says:

      Thank you!

  3. Bruce & Jan Bakalyar says:

    So sad to see such an awesome- kind- compassionate man gain his wings! I got to know him when I was the HSM at Monfort Pork in Wtgn many many years ago!, He Always brought a great smile into my office and was just so so kind!, Many prayers to the entire family!, RIP Dean!, 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

    1. Carol Tordsen says:

      Thank you!

  4. Linda & Mark Schmidt says:

    Our deepest sympathy, we have fond memories of Dean, he was a dear soul.

    1. Carol Tordsen says:

      Thank you.

  5. Linda and Mark Schmidt says:

    Sending sympathy to a great and kind person
    We have good memories

    1. Carol Tordsen says:

      Think you.

  6. Byron Kroeger says:

    One in a million. First met him when I was thirteen and he was a great friend ever since (ca 55 years). Also one of the best “bosses” I’ve ever worked for/with. The world has lost a wonderful human being. Carol, and family, I share your sadness – Byron

    1. Carol Tordsen says:

      Thank you.

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