George Morken, 85, of Spring Grove

George L. Morken, 85, of Spring Grove, died surrounded by family, Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis.

George was born Jan. 1, 1933, in La Crosse to Solvie and Karen (Dolalie) Morken.  He attended country schools in the Oak Ridge and Chisolm Valley area and graduated from the Houston High School in 1950.  

He served in the United States Army from 1953-1954 as a mechanic on tanks. 

On Oct. 29, 1955, he married Marleen Dragvold at the Stone Church near Houston. He had worked at the hardware store in Houston, Trane in La Crosse, for Roverud Construction, Sullivan Construction, Thompson Grain in Spring Grove, and Pederson Brothers in Harmony from 1973 until retiring in 1998. 

In retirement he delivered motorhomes for Bennett International Group in Forest City, Iowa. 

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the American Legion in Spring Grove. George was also a member of the Old Style Auto Club and enjoyed working on old cars and taking them to parades.

George is survived by his wife, Marleen, of Spring Grove; five children, Nancy (Steve) Welper of Rochester, Minn., Laurie Peck of Jordan, Minn., Wayne of Jordan, Minn., Gary (Sue) of Mabel, Minn., and Lisa (Rod Foltz) of Cresco, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Charlotte LaBonne and Lynda Gorder; 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Carl; parents-in-law, Martin and Gilma (Treangen) Dragvold, brothers and sisters-in-law, Helen and Roger Valadez, David Gorder, Evelyn and Larry Jonak, Gerald and Lylah Dragvold, Bill LaBonne, and a son-in-law, Robin Peck.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove.  Visitation will be 12 to 2 p.m. prior to services at the church. 

Burial will be in the State Veterans Cemetery in Preston at 11 a.m. Monday, April 30. 

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. The Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is assisting with arrangements.

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