Bruce Owen Torke, 54, of rural Wood Lake, passed away at the Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester on Wednesday, May 16, 2012.
Funeral services were held on Monday, May 21 at the Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church in Hanley Falls with burial in the East Yellow Medicine Cemetery. Bruce Owen was born on April 14, 1958 in Clarkfield to Otis and Bernice (Hempel) Torke. He was baptized at the Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church in Hanley Falls and graduated from the Cottonwood High School in 1976.
On September 6, 1980, Bruce was united in marriage to Sandra Stensrud at St Lucas Lutheran Church. He worked for the Swift Hatchery, Victor Fluid Power, Norcraft and was presently employed by Granite Fluid Power in Granite Falls. His love was his family and doing things with them, especially his son Justin. His other enjoyments were weekend getaways, helping relatives and friends with farming, anything to do with being outdoors including 4-wheeling and snowmobiling and his two cats Tiger and Bubba.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy, of Wood Lake; son, Justin, of Wood Lake; his parents Otis and Bernice of Marshall; siblings: Orlen (Sande) of Hanley Falls, Orrvin (LaVonne) of Granite Falls; Larry (Kathy) of Hanley Falls; Wes (Ann) of Ruthton; and Christy (Brad) Beebout of Cottonwood; mother-in-law, Ruth Stens-rud of Cottonwood; sister-in-law Susan Ackerman of Atwater; brothers-in-law: Steve (MaryJean) Stensrud of Cottonwood and Stan (Conni) Stensrud of Marshall; also many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by father-in-law, Vernon Stensrud; brother-in-law, Joe Ackerman; sister-in-law, Sherry Torke; two nephews and a niece along with many aunts & uncles.
Bruce was a faithful member of the Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church at the time of his death.
Arrangements were with Hamilton Funeral Home 532-2933.
Condolences may be sent to www.hamiltonfh.com.