Otis C. Torke, 95, of Hanley Falls, passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Avera Morningside Care Center in Marshall.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, March 1 at 1:30 p.m. at Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church in Hanley Falls, officiated by Pastor David Wall. Burial will be at West Yellow Medicine Lutheran Cemetery, Hanley Falls.
Visitation will be on Friday, March 1 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. at Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church.
Otis Charles Torke was born on January 13, 1918 to parents Peter and Mina (Christiansen) Torke on their farm in Sandnes Township of Yellow Medicine Co. He was baptized on February 26, 1918 and confirmed on May 28, 1933, both at Yellow Medicine Lutheran. He attended Clearview Country School for 6 years and Hanley Falls Public School for 2 additional years.
Otis worked for Albert Peterson in the Peterson Store in Hanley Falls for 4 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 married Bernice M. Hempel of rural Hanley Falls on December 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 4 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.
Otis He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Bernice, of Hill Street Place and his children Orlen (Sande) Torke of Hanley Falls, Orrvin (LaVonne) Torke of Granite Falls, Larry (Kathy) Torke of Hanley Falls, Wesley (Ann) Torke of Lucan, Christy (Brad) Beebout of Cottonwood, daughter-in-law Sandy Torke of Hanley Falls and 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.
Arrangements are by Lynner Funeral Home of Clarkfield. jhlynnercom