Lawrence S. Tollefson, 74, of Doyon, ND, formerly of the Harlow, ND, area passed away early Wednesday morning, April 1, 2020, at the CHI, St. Alexius Health, Devils Lake Hospital with loving family at his side.
Lawrence S. Tollefson, 74, of Doyon, ND, formerly of the Harlow, ND, area passed away early Wednesday morning, April 1, 2020, at the CHI, St. Alexius Health, Devils Lake Hospital with loving family at his side. Limited visitation for Lawrence will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake for family and friends on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Social distancing and limiting of numbers will be observed. Funeral services for Lawrence will be held at St. Olaf Lutheran Church and burial in the Devils Lake Cemetery at a later date. Lawrence Sylvester Tollefson was born on July 5, 1945, at Maddock, ND, the son of Rudolph and Eustean (Bingham) Tollefson. He grew up on the family farm at Harlow. After his Dad died, as the oldest son, Lawrence, even though he was a very young man, took on the responsibility of the farming operation with help from his uncle, Fred Bingham. He also was learning other trades as a cement finisher and in construction. In 1967, Lawrence married Connie Weaver. They divorced in 1975 several years after the birth of their daughter, Kristie. Lawrence worked as a cement finisher for over 35 years, many of those years with Buzz Liska and later with Ron Nelson and Peterson Construction. Lawrence’s heart was always as a farmer and he worked for Steve Tronson and Dave Friedig whenever they needed that extra hand. Lawrence was united in marriage to Gaylene Enstad on Dec. 16, 1978, at the Sheyene Lutheran Church, Pekin, ND. They established their home in Devils Lake, ND, and in 1997 moved to Doyon and have called it home through the years. In Dec. 1979, their daughter, Nicole, was born. When Lawrence wanted a change of pace, he was either participating in a Demolition Derby or watching one somewhere. In April 2009, his grandson, Austin, was born and he was the number one grandpa to the number one grandson. Austin was his pride and joy and Grandpa Lawrence was there for him every step of the way, and enjoyed watching him wrestle. Lawrence’s loving family include; his loving wife of 41 years, Gaylene; daughters, Kristi Tollefson and Nicole Tollefson both of Devils Lake; grandson, Austin Bender; siblings, Elisabeth (Charles) McGarvey, Rudolph (Judy) Tollefson, all of Devils Lake, Mary Lou (Jim) Steinhaus, Grand Forks, John (Marva) Tollefson, St. Michael ND, Daniel Tollefson, Horace, ND, and Nancy (William) Thomas, Mandan, ND; many nieces, nephews, several aunts and uncles, beloved in-laws; and special dog, Tucker. He was preceded in death by; his parents; sisters, Eleanor Williams, and Barbara and her husband, Lloyd Rosendahl.