Loren David Tufte, 80, of Lanesboro, Minn., passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, October 8, 2017.
Loren was born in Fergus Falls, Minn., to John and Cora (Gorder) Tufte and lived most of his life in the Lanesboro area. He graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1954, enlisted in the Army and spent three years in Germany. He married Carol Ann Rasmussen in 1959. Together they farmed until 1980, at which time he became owner and operator of Tufte’s Milk Hauling for several years. He then worked as a Head Start bus driver and most recently as a motor route carrier of the Post Bulletin. Loren was a member of the American Legion Post #40 and Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He enjoyed bowling, socializing, and yardwork and was a very passionate sports fan of all Minnesota teams.
Loren is survived by his son Blaine Tufte (Mary) and granddaughter Grace; daughters Kimberly Wagner and Alison Tufte (Rick Olson) and granddaughter Peighton Prestemon, all of Lanesboro; sister Marilyn Boe of Maple Grove, Minn., and sisters-in-law Ardys Tufte of Long Lake, Minn., Jean (Curt) Hall and Mary (Lee) Peterson, both of Lanesboro.
He was preceded in death by wife Carol, son Brent, brothers Kenneth, Eldon, Gordon; sisters Lucille and Joanne; and son-in-law Jim Wagner.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 14, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro, with Pastor Kerry Eversole officiating. Visitation will be from 9-10:45 a.m. at the church Saturday before the service. A committal service will follow at the Lanesboro Cemetery, with military honors by the American Legion Post 40 of Lanesboro.
Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro is assisting the family with arrangements. To share a memory of Loren with the family, please visit rileyfuneralhomes.com.