Donald Tollefson

A funeral service was held Monday, September 9, 2013 at Wright Funeral Home, Hawley, Minn. for Donald E. Tollefson, 72, of Pelican Rapids, Minn.

Donald Tollefson

Posted on 9/12/13

He died September 4, in Sanford Health, Fargo.

Interment will be held Saturday, September 21, at the Goldberg Cemetery, Osnabrock.

Donald Ernest Tollefson was born June 26, 1941 in Langdon to Manley and Irene (Skrogstad) Tollefson. He grew up and attended school in Osnabrock. In the early 1960’s he attended Hanson Mechanical Trade School in Fargo. He was married to LaVaye M. Larson on April 6, 1965 in Grand Forks. They were married for 20 years. He was employed at Haukedahl Trucking, Can-Am Trucking, R&R Trucking, all of Audubon, Minn., Luckens Trucking of Winger, Minn., and Evenson Trucking of Pelican Rapids, Minn. He was known for his loyal work habits, caring for people, his humor, persistence, fighting the odds, impeccable knowledge about mechanical repairing, patience, and a good solid punch. He enjoyed water skiing in his younger years, spending time at the lakes, being around people, and loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his children, Mischelle (Shane) Hagerty, Donald Victor (Sandy) Tollefson, Melanie Tollefson and Jason Tollefson; brothers, Virgil (Sue) Tollefson and Stan (Bonnie) Tollefson; sisters, Jan Tollefson, Ione (Robert) Creager, Marlene (Doug) Wind, and Loretta (Dave) Marlowe; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Candice and Carol Tollefson.

Online guestbook and video tribute at

Wright Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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