Jon Griffin Torkelson
July 13, 2022
Jon Griffin Torkelson, 88, of Cashton, WI, passed away at his home Sunday, July 10, 2022. Jon was born October 21, 1933, to Theodore "Ted" and Ethel (Lee) Torkelson. He was raised in Cashton and was a 1951 graduate of Cashton High School. After high school Jon attended Luther College where he played baritone with the college band.
After college Jon enlisted in the US Navy where he also played the baritone in the Navy Band. After being honorably discharged from the Navy he attended Mortuary Science School in Milwaukee, WI. On a visit home from the Navy, he met his wife Jan. They were married August 20, 1960, in Weyauwega, WI.
Jon's grandfather Christ began Torkelson Funeral home in 1916. Jon's father, Ted took over the funeral home and Jon worked for him before eventually taking over the business himself. In 1976 he built a new furniture store and funeral home in his beloved hometown of Cashton.
Jon was an active member of the community serving as a board member for the Bank of Cashton, volunteering as a longtime member with the Cashton Lion's Club and many other community services. He was also a lifelong active member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
He had a true love for all sports and was thrilled to have shot a hole-in-one and bowled a #300 game in his life. He adored his wife Jan and together they raised three beautiful children whom he loved dearly. Jon had a great appreciation of music and could be heard singing to Jan up until his final days. His faith was steadfast and strong. Jon's big happy smile and twinkle in his eyes will be missed.
Jon is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jan; sons, Chris (Kelli) Torkelson of Milton, GA, and their children, Connor and Kelsi; Todd (Jennifer) Torkelson of Tomah, WI, and their children, Tyler and Trey; daughter, Julie (Scott) Burns of Waterford, WI, and sons Skyler and Cole; sister, Virginia (Orval) Hilden of Cashton, WI; along with nephews, other relatives and friends.
Jon was preceded in death by his parents Ted and Ethel.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 14, 2022, 11:00 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church in Cashton. Burial will follow in the Moen Cemetery, Cashton. Family and friends are invited for visitation Wednesday, July 13, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Cashton. Family and friends are also invited for visitation Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Online condolences are available http://www.torkelsonfuneralhome.com.