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Truman L. Tollefson

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in Obituaries

(3/7/13) Truman L. Tollefson, age 85, of Black River Falls, WI. died Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in the Family Heritage Care Center in Black River Falls.

   Truman was born in the Town of Springfield, Jackson County to John E. and Esther I. (Nelson) Tollefson. He graduated from the Black River Falls High School in 1946 and attended Eau Claire State Teachers College for 1  ½ years under the G. I. Bill of Rights.

     He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps and U.S. Air Force for over five years.

    While attending high school, he worked part time and summers at the Homstad Lumber Co. and Lloyd's Café.  He was employed for 17 years by H. H. Van Gorden & Sons as sales clerk, bookkeeper, plant manager, and assistant general manager.  He also served as corporation secretary-treasurer of D & S Manufacturing , Inc. and Wildwood Farms, Inc.

From April 1971 until his retirement on July 1, 1992, he worked for the Jackson County Bank. He served as assistant cashier and manager of the Merrillan Branch of the Jackson County Bank from 1979 until retirement.

   For 6 ½ years, he was a member of the Merrillan Lions Club serving as secretary and bingo chairman.  He resided at the Pine View Terrace for 11 years and was treasurer of the tenant council.

   Surviving are his brother-in-law, Wm. Treat (Darlene) Harkner, Millston, 2-nephews, William Craig (Kathy) Harkner, Craig, Co. and David Harkner, Black River Falls, great niece, Leigh (Edward) Kinyon, Black River Falls and family friend, Jerome Bjerke.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, LaVon M. Harkner, and one brother, Selmer J. "Sam' Tollefson, and a niece Kathy Heath.

   Funeral services followed by military honors will be held at 1 P.M. Saturday, March 9 at the Buswell Funeral Home (715-284-2231) 106 So. 2nd St. Black River Falls.  Services will be conducted by Pastor Calvin Thoreson and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Taylor, WI. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 11 A.M. until the time of services.

   Memorials may be given to  Black River Memorial Hospice.

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