Jan. 13, 1918-Feb. 24, 2013
CLARKFIELD – Services for Otis Charles Torke, 95, formerly of Hanley Falls, are at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church in Hanley Falls. Visitation is from noon-1:30 p.m. Friday at the church. Burial is in the West Yellow Medicine Lutheran Cemetery in Hanley Falls. Lynner Funeral Home of Clarkfield is in charge of arrangements.
He died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Avera Morningside Care Center in Marshall.
He was born Jan. 13, 1918, to Peter and Mina (Christiansen) Torke on their farm in Sandnes Township of Yellow Medicine County. He was baptized on Feb. 26, 1918, and confirmed on May 28, 1933, both at Yellow Medicine Lutheran. He attended Clearview Country School for six years and Hanley Falls Public School for two additional years.
Otis worked for Albert Peterson in the Peterson Store in Hanley Falls for four years. After some time, when his mother became ill, his father asked him to come home to help with the farming. In 1939, Otis purchased his first 40 acres of land.
Otis was married to Bernice M. Hempel of rural Hanley Falls on Dec. 14, 1941, at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Granite Falls. They lived on the 40-acre farm until they moved to the Torke family farm. They took care of Otis’ father, Peter, for about four years. Otis and Bernice remained on the farm until they retired and moved to West Prairie Apartments in Cottonwood in 2004. They moved to their apartment at Hill Street Place in Marshall in 2010 and he remained there until he entered the Morningside Care Center in February of last year.
Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Bernice, of Hill Street Place; his children Orlen (and Sande) Torke of Hanley Falls, Orrvin (and LaVonne) Torke of Granite Falls, Larry (and Kathy) Torke of Hanley Falls, Wesley (and Ann) Torke of Lucan, Christy (and Brad) Beebout of Cottonwood; daughter-in-law Sandy Torke of Hanley Falls; 24 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son, Bruce, daughter-in-law, Sherry Torke, grandchildren Lisa, Wade and David Torke and his siblings, Kenneth, Bennett, Palma Engebretsen and Harold.
Otis was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He put his trust in the Lord. He loved working the land and was a true farmer in every aspect. His family, his faith and his love of God were the most important things in his life.
Blessed be his memory.