STAPLES - Arlan N. Bakke, age 74, of Staples/Motley, passed away late Wednesday evening, June 9, 2010, at Lakewood Health System. Memorial services will be held at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples on Friday, June 18, 2010, at 1 p.m. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service at the chapel. Interment will be in the Motley Public Cemetery. Pastor Barry Klein from the Church of Christ will be officiating the service.
Arlan Bakke was born on Sept. 8, 1935, in Luverne, Minn., to Selmer and Mabel Carlson Bakke. Arlan graduated from High School in Edgerton, Minn. He worked as an electrician for more than 50 years and retired from Bakke Electric in 2009. He was a member of the Lion's Club in Motley, Minn. Arlan was the founder, a volunteer fireman and fire chief of the Scandia Valley Township Fire Department. Arlan went on to become a member of the Minnesota Inventors Congress and a recipient of the Inventors Congress Star Award. Fishing was his favorite pastime.
Arlan was preceded in death by his parents, Selmer and Mabel Bakke; brother, Duane Bakke; and his wife, Donna, of 22 years.
Arlan is survived by children, Kim Bakke, of Luverne, Minn., Todd (Sheryl) Bakke, Crystal, Minn., Dave Bakke, Norwalk, Calif., Lynn Bakke, Luverne, Minn.; stepchildren, Dan (Dawn Keck) Caron, Circle Pines, Minn., Roxanne (Gordy) Gorton, White Bear Lake, Minn., Ginger (Terry) Reitberger, Aurora, Colo., Randy (Deb Vorwerk) Caron, Motley, Minn., Denise Baxter, Fort Meyers, Fla., Terry Baxter, Oklee, Minn.; sister, Arlene Johnson, Pearland, Texas; and special friend, Florence Grunwald, of Motley; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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