Selmer Morken, 99, of Winona
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 4:58 AM
Selmer (Sam) Gilford Morken, 99, died at Lake Winona Manor on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, two weeks before his 100th birthday.
He was born at Wilmington in Houston County on Oct. 6, 1912, to Gerhard and Siri (Solum) Morken. He graduated from Spring Grove High School.
He married Lucille Kinze, and they were loving parents to two children, Gary and Patricia (David) Stover.
Prior to WWII, he worked with heavy equipment in the construction of airstrips, dams and levees at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and worked for Roverud Construction on the Alcan Hi-Way.
After the war, he and his son Gary owned and operated a farm on Homer Ridge until a farm accident claimed the life of his only son.
Sam owned and operated the Standard Oil Station (Sam's Direct Service) on Huff Street in Winona for about 35 years.
He spent many winters in Florida and continued that lifestyle for years after he married Phyllis (Guy) Zirzow.
He was a faithful member of Central Lutheran Church, serving as usher, money counter and was on the funeral lunch committee.
He was a lifetime member of BPOE No. 327; he loved reading western novels and was often seen carrying an armload of books from the library.
He was an avid golfer and was a member of Westfield Golf Club, where he also played cards until he lost his sight.
Survivors include his brother, Leland of Spring Grove; a daughter, Patricia (David) Stover of Charles City, Iowa; and his wife, Phyllis and stepson Thomas of Alma, Wis.
He is further survived by eight grandchildren: Karla Keene, Darci (Craig) Crandall, Dr. Michael (Dr. Colleen Malloy Stover) Stover, Scott (Veronica Johnson) Morken, Josh Morken, Kelly (Jim) Baker, Christopher Zirzow and Courtney (Scott) Willinger; 14 great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren: Adam Keene, Nicholas Crandall, Travis Crandall, twins, Luke and Eric Crandall, Lauren Baker, Emily Baker, Shannon, Aoife and Bridget Stover, Hosea Johnson, Damon Johnson, Gary Morken, Ian Morken, Lauren Willinger and Mason Willinger; nieces and nephews, Cindy (Danny) Groth, Candy (Bob) Oefstadahl, Chari (Mark) Wolf, Judy (Jerry) Simon, Ron (Sherry) Zeise and Rick (Jill) Hauser; and a great-great-grandchild, Colby Crandall.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Oliver; sisters, Genora, Gilma and Stella; his first wife, Lucille; his son, Gary; and a stepson, David.
Memorial services were Sept. 24 at Central Lutheran Church with Pastor Michelle Rem officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.
The Martin-Myhre Funeral Home in Winona assisted the family with arrangements.