May 29, 1965-March 11, 2014
Jay E. Tollefson, 48, of Callaway, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his family, following a 10-year battle with reoccurring brain tumors.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 18 at Zion Lutheran Church, Detroit lakes, with Reverend Gary Rehborg, officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 17, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at David-Donehower Funeral Home. It will continue one hour prior to Tuesday's services at the church.
Jay Eugene Tollefson was born to Eugene and Ardis (Williams) Tollefson on May 29, 1965 in Fergus Falls. He moved with his family to Detroit Lakes in 1974 and graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1983.
Following graduation, he worked at Hardee's and Country Kitchen in Detroit Lakes. He then attended the truck driving course at the Alexandria Vocational School.
Jay was united in marriage to LeAnn Rodewald, April 8, 1995 at Zion Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. Together they were blessed with two beautiful children, Tyler and Jenna.
Jay drove truck for Harstad Trucking, Anderson Sand & Gravel and, for the last 10 years, for Detroit Lakes Express.
Jay enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, demo derbies, watching NASCAR races and he married into the hobby of riding horses. He had an unwavering faith and tried to read his Bible most every night.
Survivors include his wife LeAnn, of Callaway; his children, Tyler and Jenna at home, and Meghan (Andrew) Powers of St. Ansgar, Iowa; a grandson, Caleb; his mother, Ardis Tollefson of Detroit Lakes; a sister, Tammy (Donald) Tate of Detroit Lakes; his father and mother-in-law, Wallace and Charlotte Rodewald of Detroit Lakes; his sister-in-law, Sandy (Jarrod) Green of Sheridan, Wyo.; and his brothers-in-law, Mark (Wendy) Rodewald of Detroit Lakes and Dean (Bonnie) Rodewald of Callaway. Jay held a special place in his heart for his godparents, Sharon and Adrian Westergard.
Preceding him in death were his dad, Eugene; a niece, Nicole; a sister-in-law, Deb and his godmother, Sharon Westergard.
David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family.