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Clarence T. Tollefson

Dec 5, 2020

Feb. 19, 1924 – Nov. 25, 2020

Clarence T. Tollefson,

96, of Maddock, ND,

passed away November

25, 2020 at Eventide

Heartland Care Center in

Devils Lake, ND. Public

visitation will be from

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Sa-

turday, December 5, 2020

at the Nelson Funeral

Home. A Private Family

Memorial Service will be

held at Saturday, De-

cember 5, 2020 at the Nel-

son Funeral Home. This

service will be streamed

online. Burial will take

place at the North Viking

Lutheran Cemetery in

Maddock. CDC recom-

mendations including so-

cial distancing, hand sani-

tizing and staying away if

not feeling well are en-

couraged. Wearing a mask

is required. The Nelson

Funeral Home of Mad-

dock is in charge of ar-

rangements. Online con-

dolences may be left at



Clarence Thomas Tol-

lefson was born February

19, 1924 on the family

farm in Albert Township,

rural Maddock, ND, to

Carl and Ruby (Hovey)

Tollefson. He was bap-

tized and confirmed at

Immanuel Lutheran

Church. He completed

his educational require-

ments at Albert Township

School. Clarence started

his farming career by rent-

ing a farmstead located

two miles southeast of

Maddock. On February

28, 1963, he purchased

his farm located one mile

east of Maddock. In addi-

tion to farming, Clarence

was passionate about

tending to the needs of his

red-coated Hereford cat-

tle. He was an inspiration

to all who knew him with

his incredible work ethic

and independent spirit.

Clarence looked forward

to the spring of each year

as he took great pride in

getting his crops seeded

before anyone else in the

area. He also did a lot of

custom hay moving and

snow removal for his

neighbors and friends in

the Maddock community.

In July, 2008, health is-

sues forced him to leave

his farm that he so dearly

loved. He became a

resident at the Haaland

Home and later the Heart

of America Nursing Home

both located in Rugby. In

December, 2019, he

moved to the Eventide

Heartland Care Center in

Devils Lake to reside

closer to his brother,


Clarence touched many

lives with his quiet, warm

and generous spirit. He

enjoyed league bowling,

playing cards, and his dai-

ly trip into town to enjoy

a delicious hamburger

steak for supper at the lo-

cal cafe. Clarence treas-

ured his family and the

time he spent with them.

Clarence is survived by

his brother, Arne (Ruth)

Tollefson, Devils Lake,

ND; nephews, Duane

(Corinne) Stadum, Mad-

dock, ND, Robert (Dianne)

Hanson, Sheyenne, ND;

nieces, Irene Cudworth,

Sheyenne, ND, Donna

(Paul) Gutschmidt. Devils

Lake, ND, Betty (John)

Solwey, Minot, ND and

Linda (Norm) Otheim,

West Fargo, ND, along

with their families; and

many other nephews,

nieces, step-nieces and

step-nephews also sur-


He was preceded in

death by his parents;

brother, Rudolph Tollef-

son; sisters and

brothers-in-law, Mabel

and Orville Stadum and

Helen and Henry Hanson.

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