RUSHFORD, MN - Carrol A. Bakken, 82, of Rushford, MN died on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford.
Carrol was born on December 24, 1934, in Rushford to Arthur Conrad and Bertha (Elstad) Bakken. He was raised in Rushford and graduated from Rushford High School. Carrol attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN and received his bachelor's degree in business from Winona State University. On November 30, 1956, he was united in marriage with Lois Weverstad in Galesville, WI. Together they raised four daughters and were later divorced. Carrol began swinging a hammer at age 3, and became a partner in Bakken Construction and Concrete in 1965, with his father, Art and brother, Amos. Carrol enjoyed being a part of the Root River Saddle Club, bowling, being a member of the Winona Bowling Association Hall of Fame, playing cards and cribbage, golfing and playing pool. Carrol was a member of Rushford Lutheran Church, Rushford Lion's Club of which he was President twice, Rushford Fire Department for many years, of which he had served as Chief.
Carrol played an instrumental role in starting Norsquare Mall, Norseland Lefse, and Nordic Lanes in Rushford, as well as having a hand in the construction of many area buildings.
Carrol is survived by his companion of 22 years, Phyllis Hatleli of Rushford; former wife and mother to their daughters, Lois Bakken of Rushford; four daughters: Karen Pauley of Ashland, WI, Kathy (Bryan) Mortland of Byron, MN, Kristi (Dave) Nett of Rochester, MN, and Kay Bakken of Billings, MT; grandchildren: John, Tim, Neil, Cam, Lance, Katrina, Hilary and Jacob; great-grandchildren: Oliver, Knox, Joshua, Jayanti and Madison.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Amos; and a sister, Hazel Mae.
There will be a visitation for Carrol from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford. There will be a private family service at a later date.
Leave a memory of Carrol and sign his online guestbook at www.hofffuneral.com
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Deepest sympathy on your loss, thoughts and prayers are with you all - Joel Johnson
sorry for your loss our prayers are with you and our family ,, Robert and Lisa Brown
To all the Bakken girls: I have many fond memories of time spent with "Bakken". Bowling, shooting pool, hunting, and most recent, our visits at Good Shepherd. I am going to miss your Dad. With sympathy, Jimbo
Dear Karen, and family, May the Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Karen, Lois, Phyllis, Kathy, Kristi and Kay, please accept my sincere condolences. *I will always remember your dad with fondness. - Diane Mitchell
Dear Kathy, and family, So sorry to hear the news of your Dad's passing. Over the years, your Dad and I had many conversations..mostly light and fun, but a few deep conversations in my younger years that I remember to this day. I'm a better person for knowing him. Condolences to all the Bakken girls and their families , and to Lois and Phyllis. Peace, Dan McManimon and Tony
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