Charles Irving "Chuck" Toft, 88, died at the Evergreens in Spring Valley, on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.

He was born Jan. 31, 1925, in Albert Lea, Minn., the son of Irvin and Cora Toft. He was raised in Ellendale, Minn., where he was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church. He graduated from Ellendale High School in 1943. He entered the U.S. Army in 1945, serving as a paratrooper during WWII in Europe. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

He married Margy Dene Sorenson July 6, 1947, at Hartland Lutheran Church in Hartland, Minn. He worked for Sorenson and Sons Trucking and farmed in the Ellendale, Hartland and Hayward area. In 1958, he and his wife moved to Spring Valley, where he worked for Ruan Transport Company. He retired from Ruan in 1987 and continued farming on his hobby farm outside of Spring Valley.

He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, where he served as an usher. He was also a member of the Spring Valley American Legion and VFW. He was proud of his service to his country and was recently honored to be a part of a WWII Honor Flight.

He loved spending time with his children, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He liked to travel, have coffee with friends, and putter on his farm. He was a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law, grandpa, son and brother.

He is survived by three daughters, Penny (Garry) Nordhorn of Owatonna, Peggy (Randy) Babbitt of Breckenridge, Colo., and Sarah (Brent) Kohn of Spring Valley; grandchildren, Jane (Jeff) Nordhorn, Allen, Karren (Justin) Taillon, Kris (Neil) Odenbaugh and Gabriel (Francise) Kohn; great-grandchildren, Ben Odenbaugh, Owen Taillon and Annie Odenbaugh; a sister, Phyllis Toft of Taft, Calif., and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Margy, an infant granddaughter, three sisters, Olive, Carol and Grace Toft, and four brothers, Gordon, Kenneth, James and Paul Toft.

The funeral was Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Dennis Timmerman and the Rev. Laura Fladten co-officiating. Burial with military graveside rites followed in the church cemetery in Spring Valley.

The family prefers memorials to Our Savior's Lutheran Church

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