Lohse, 63, of
died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at his home.
He was born May 18, 1945, in
Lester and Edna (Moseng) Lohse. He was baptized June 27, 1945, and confirmed
Sept. 13, 1959, at Trinity
Church in Ashby by the
Rev. Johannes Ringstad. He grew up in Ashby and Elbow
Lake, graduating from
In high school he played nine man football and the team
went to state. Skip joined the U.S. Navy in August of 1963. He started in
then went to Destroyers as an engine man, retiring 30 years later as a Senior
On Feb. 6, 1987, he was married to Raeleen Halvorson at
Fergus Falls by the
Rev. Armstrong. Skip worked for Otter Tail Power Company, starting as a lineman,
and then worked with the Fleet
for 30 years, retiring on Nov. 1, 2006.
He was a life member of the VFW in
and served as Commander from 1996-97. He was also a member of Ashby American
Legion Post 357 and was a volunteer with the Fergus Falls Fire Department for 10
years. He was an IBEW Union Member and a strong activate of buy American.
He enjoyed playing cards, socializing with family and
friends and golfing. Skip launched his son Todd’s career in stock car racing at
which led to Todd’s current involvement with NASCAR. He was co-founder of "Snob
Hill." Skip and Rae were on Bob’s Tavern Dart League for 10 years. He was a son,
husband, father, grandfather, soldier, American patriot and a friend to all who
He is survived by his wife, Raeleen; sons, Todd Lohse of
Charlotte, N.C., and Timothy Lohse of Chicago, Ill; daughters, Kristi Lohse of
Chicago, Ill. and Kori Eastman of Prior Lake, Minn.; eight grandchildren: Kadie,
Amanda, Taylor, Haley, Alana, Riley, Emily and Tyler; a brother, Dwight (Bonnie)
Lohse of Clinton, Iowa; and his only nephew "son," Trevor Lysne.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Edna Lohse.
Visitation: One hour prior to the service
Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Glende-Nilson Funeral Home,
Clergy: Rev. Marv Abrahamson
Cemetery, Ashby, with
military rites by VFW Post 612 of Fergus Falls
Funeral home: Glende-Nilson Funeral Home,
Condolences to: www.glendenilson.com