Darwin Toenges

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 23, 2009

The funeral service for Darwin “Darvey” W. Toenges of Albert Lea will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. John Holt will officiate. Interment will be in Shady Oaks Cemetery, Pickerel Lake Township. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 Monday at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea, and one hour before the service at the church.
Darvey died on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at the Good Samaritan Center. He was 83.
He was born on Aug. 16, 1926, in Pickerel Lake Township, the son of Wesley and Hulda (Klukow) Toenges. He attended grade school in rural District 57, and later Albert Lea High School. He married Vivian Troe on Oct. 7, 1945, at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Darvey farmed east of Conger all of his life. He had livestock and also sold seed corn. In 1984, he retired due to health problems and in1996 Darvey and Vivian moved into Albert Lea.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church and the Elks Club. Darvey had been on the board and was sexton for Shady Oaks Cemetery for many years.
He was a “Mr. Fixit” and was very handy at fixing mechanical things and also was the “neighborhood” welder. He loved being surrounded by people and especially enjoyed a game or two of cribbage or huckleybuck.
Darvey was an avid Minnesota Twins fan and enjoyed watching or listening to a game whenever he got the chance.
Darvey will be greatly missed by his family, wife Vivian of Albert Lea; four sons: Larry Toenges of Albert Lea, Vergil (Emy) Toenges of Modesto, Calif., Daniel Toenges of Albert Lea, and Charles (Jill) Toenges of Lexington; seven grandchildren: Todd (Darlene) Toenges of Modesto, Calif., Colby (Samantha) Toenges of Turlock, Calif., Meka (Alan) Nielsen of Albert Lea, Sara Toenges (John Levell) of Albert Lea, Mindy Toenges (fiancé Tim Mann) of Albert Lea, Brad Toenges of Minneapolis, Jason Toenges of Michigan; four step grandchildren: Kent Boyum, Tracie Anderson, Troy Anderson, Andrea Anderson; eight great-grandchildren: Jewel and Jenna Toenges, Tye and Piper Toenges, Brianna and Madison Mann, and Hannah and Chloe Larson; brother-in-law, Duane Troe and his wife Sonja of Albert Lea; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Wesley and Hulda Toenges; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Helmer and Myrtle Troe; sister and brother-in-law: Aline and Alton Rogert; and daughter-in-law, Lora Toenges.
Memorials are suggested to First Lutheran Peace and Power, Crossroads Community Hospice or to the donor’s choice.

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