A burial service will be held at the Prospect Cemetery, rural Edmore on Thursday, May 22, 2014 for Jon Torkelson, formerly of Edmore.
Posted on 5/15/14
He died December 17, 2013.
Jon Roger Torkelson was born on January 3, 1936 to John and Ruth Torkelson, the coldest day on record to date according to Jon. He graduated from Edmore Public high school in 1954 and went to work on the family farm. He met and married Beverly Jane Olson in November 1960. Their first son, Jay was born in 1961. Their second son, Jan was born a short 11 months later in 1962. Their daughter Janelle was born two years later in 1964 on Beverly’s 21 birthday. Two years later he moved his family to California after a farming accident. Once in California he went to work for his brothers, Dean and Dale in the non-destructive testing field. He never lost his love for the country and animals. In the 1970’s he moved his family to Norco, California and he had a mini ranch with horses, cows, pigs and many other smaller animals. The drive into South Gate everyday took its’ toll on him so he moved his family back into town closer to work. After 18 years of marriage he and Beverly divorced. He got interested in the horse racing business with his brothers and their business partner. He really loved racing, breeding, and working with the race horses. He would go to Winchester every weekend to be at the ranch. Years later he married Darlene Clark who after five years died suddenly from a heart attack. He re-united with a high school friend, Marlys Erlandson and they married shortly after. All the while continuing his love for race horses. They moved to Winchester and lived on his brother’s horse ranch for a while. After the brother’s ranch was sold, they bought their own place in Winchester, a seven acre ranch of his own. After 11 years of marriage Marlys died from a stroke. He then re-united with another high school friend, Gloria Anderson. He moved in with Gloria in Sun City and lived there until he could no longer handle the dry air and wind and he moved back into town close to his daughter and her family. He had developed COPD and as his breathing worsened it was decided it would be better to live at his daughter’s home where he would not be alone. He lived with his daughter’s family in Long Beach for about 4 years and just stopped driving himself around in August 2013. Until 2013, even though he sold off all his horses and no longer had a ranch, he would still attend the Los Alamitos race horse sale every year almost buying a mare in foal last year.
Jon was preceded in death by wives Beverly, Darlene and Marlys; his parents; infant brother, John; older sister, Dorothy; and brother Dean.
Jon is survived and will be greatly missed by son, Jay Torkelson and grandson, Ian Torkelson; son, Jan Torkelson and his wife Karla Torkelson; daughter, Janelle Kidman and grandsons, Brandon Kidman and Zachary Kidman; brother, Dale Torkelson and wife Fabiola; brother, Lowell Torkelson and wife Elory; brother, Leonard Torkelson and wife Barbara; sister, Dr. Twila Maxson and husband Dr. Stuart Hoffman; sister, Ava Everhardt and husband Don Everhardt.
Aaker Funeral Home of Lakota was in charge of arrangements.