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February 19, 2019

1/28/2019 9:23:00 AM
Funeral for Dave Bakken Feb. 2 at Zion in Stewartville

The funeral service for David E. Bakken, 69, of Stewartville, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville, with Rev. Byron Meline officiating. Military honors will be by the Stewartville American Legion Post 164. Mr. Bakken died of natural causes on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at his home.
David Eugene Bakken was born on Feb. 5, 1949 in Stewartville to Orin and Betty Mae (Long) Bakken. He grew up and attended school in Stewartville, graduating from Stewartville High School in 1968. During his high school years he worked with his Dad at the Gulf Gas Station on Main Street. In 1969 he entered the U.S. Army serving overseas in Vietnam where he received a Purple Heart and a number of combat commendations. Following his discharge, he returned to the Stewartville area.
Dave was married on Aug. 7, 1971 in Stewartville to Rebecca Lee Sexton. Following their marriage the couple lived in Stewartville where they raised their family and where Dave has continued to make his home. They were later divorced. Over the years Dave worked as a bartender at the Roxy, concrete construction worker at Doyle Conner Company and Tory Keefe Construction, and an auto body repairman at Stewartville Auto Sales. He owned and operated Bakken's Body Shop from 1994-2000, and was employed at McNeilus Co. in Dodge Center in manufacturing and as a truck driver until his retirement. Dave was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville and the Stewartville American Legion. After retiring he got a dog, Thunder, who became his constant companion. They were blessed with amazing neighbors, that looked out for them like family. Dave enjoyed hanging out in the garage, listening to old country western music, gardening and working in his yard, visiting with friends and family and going for drives. Dave was a proud man that worked hard all his life.
Dave is survived by his son and daughter, Ted (Trisha) of Mantorville and Stacy (Kenny) Hutchison of Elgin; three grandchildren, Alexis Faro, Jesse Faro and Kaylee Hutchison; three great-grandchildren, Anakin, Aurora and Connor; four sisters, Jo Stevens of Aurora, Colo., Nancy Bakken of Rochester, Carol Bakken of Rochester and Robin (Ronnie) Vrieze of Racine; three brothers, Bob (Bonnie) Bakken of Harmony, Keith Bakken of Owatonna and Randy (Meladee) Bakken of Stewartville; stepsister, Patti (Brian) Truelson of Kasson and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his infant grandson, Chase, his parents and stepfather, Vic Bolstad.
A time of visitation for family and friends will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning. A private family burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. On-line condolences and memories of Dave are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com





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