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Andre G. Torkelson, 94

By Staff | Sep 17, 2021

Formerly of Rake, Iowa – Andre G. Torkelson, age 94, formerly of Rake, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center in Blue Earth.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at Patton Funeral Home in Blue Earth, Rev. Robert Roettger officiated. Burial was in West Cemetery, Rake, Iowa. Web tributes and recorded program available at www.pattonfh.com.

Andre was born on March 21, 1927 in Faribault County to Sven and Esther Torkelson. He attended Elmore High School, graduating in 1945. Andre then joined the United States Army, admirably serving his country before being Honorably Discharged as a Sergeant.

On May 24, 1953, Andre married the love of his life, Arden D. Rau, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Together, they raised three devoted sons, Paul, Eric, and Craig.

While on duty overseas, Andre developed a deep fondness for traveling. The family would crisscross the United States over the years as Andre passed on his love for exploring to his children and grandchildren. Andre and Arden would continue their travels long into their retirement, but all roads would eventually lead back to the farm.

A farmer all his life, Andre believed in the importance of a hard day’s work. He relished life on the farm and wouldn’t have chosen to build his family anywhere else. In his small town, Andre found a deep appreciation for community. His commitment to this community was best exemplified by his many years of service dedicated to education. He served with distinction for 20 years on the Rake Community School Board and another six on the Board of Education of Northern Trails Area Education Agency. In 1988, his efforts were further recognized when he received a distinguished service award from Iowa Lakes Community College.

Andre is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Arden.

He is survived by his sons, Dr. Paul Torkelson (Maribeth Burt), of Reno, Nevada, Eric (Suzanne) Torkelson, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Craig (Colleen) Torkelson, of West Des Moines, Iowa; his sister, Betty (Don) Gangstee; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Andre is remembered fondly as a friend to all and will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers, please send any memorials to the St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center, Blue Earth, MN.