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Loren Danielson

Loren Danielson

Jan 7, 1933-Feb. 26, 2014

Former Detroit Lakes resident John Loren Danielson, 81, of Fergus Falls, died Tuesday, February 26, 2014 at Minnesota Veterans Home, Fergus Falls, under the care of Lakeland Hospice.

Loren Danielson was born to John E.F. and Alma S. (Leland) Danielson on January 7, 1933 in Holmesville Township, Becker County. He attended country school near his home, then Detroit Lakes High School, before graduating from the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston in 1951. He joined the US Army in 1952, served in the Korean Conflict, and was awarded a Purple Heart.

Loren returned home to Becker County, where he farmed with his father, and married Geneva Hage in 1955. Three children were born to this union, Terri, Clint and Vernon. Loren took over his father's operation and was awarded Outstanding Young Farmer of Minnesota in 1968 by the Jaycees. He continued to farm until 1995, when he and Geneva moved into Detroit Lakes.

Loren was elected a Becker County Commissioner in 1984 and served from 1985 until 1992, also serving on the Lakeland Mental Health Board and Mahube Community Council. The years Loren spent in public service were the happiest of his life.

Loren and Geneva traveled as much as they could, visiting locations such as Germany, Switzerland, Iceland, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, Canada; Branson, Mo.; and Virginia. Loren had been a resident of the Veteran's Home in Fergus Falls since 2003.

Surviving Loren are his wife Geneva; daughter, Terri (Gary) Hilgers of Bloomington, Minn.; his two sons, Clint (Bonnie) Danielson of Moorhead and Vernon (Donna) Danielson of Detroit Lakes; sisters Ann Tolkinen of Alamo, Texas, Gladys Durand of Moorhead, Ellen Lyons of Lodi, Calif., and Lorna Crowell of Moorhead; granddaughters, Laura Danielson of Moorhead, Bria Hilgers of San Diego, Calif., Heather Hilgers of Chicago, Ill., and Deni Danielson of Detroit Lakes; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents and sisters, Elizabeth Danielson, Eloise Newgard and Dorothy Downs.

Memorial services are set for 11 a.m. Friday, March 7 at Lund Lutheran Church, rural Detroit Lakes, with Pastor Jim Osvold, officiating. Visitation will take place for one hour prior to services at the church.

Interment will be in the church cemetery. West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, is serving the family. Those wanting to share memories and condolences online may use the guestbook section at