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Richard Edward Tollefson

August 3, 1952 ~ February 6, 2019 (age 66)

Richard E. Tollefson, age 66, of Owatonna, passed away February, 6 2019, at Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna. 

Friends may greet the family 4-7:00 PM Tuesday February 12, 2019 at the Brick Meger Funeral Home, Owatonna with a celebration of life service following at 7:00 PM.

Rick was born August 3, 1952 in Aberdeen, SD to parents Edward and Majory (Hoffman) Tollefson. 

He graduated from Owatonna High School in 1970, and the following year attended the University of Minnesota graduating  summa cum laude, 4 years later.  In 1974 he became a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He obtained a degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1977, and shortly admitted into the bar that same year.  While in law school, he law clerked in the Office of John M. Smith from 1975, until he passed the bar examination, when he became a lawyer in the firm, and after a short time, a partner. 

He was active in the bar association, being president of the Steele County Bar, and the 5thDistrict Bar Association.

Rick was also involved in politics and was the Steele County Democratic Labor Party chairman. He was also an avid reader, fly fisherman, and had a passion for Red Sox baseball.  Lesser known was his great appreciation for music and when he died he was listening to one of his favorite albums.

He married Emily Kaye Granquist in 1979 in Owatonna. Rick’s health eventually forced him to retire in 2012, however his love of the law kept him active, and he continued to be available, and a valuable resource, to attorneys who wanted to “bounce something off of him” and get the benefit of his experience and wisdom. 

Rick is survived by his wife, Emily; step-children, Lance (Tracy) Granquist; grandchildren, Abbie and Logan, all of Owatonna; Jennifer (Ross) Granquist-Meacham of Red Wing, MN; mother, Majory Froehlich of Owatonna; father-in-law and mother-in-law Stanley and Delores Street of Milbank, SD; brother, Tris (Pat) Tollefson Preston, MN; sister, Barb Zeman Owatonna; sister-in-law, Jan Tollefson, Springfield, MN; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He is preceded in death by his father, Edward; step-father, Martin Froehlich; and brother, Robert. Memorials are preferred to the Owatonna Public Library. 

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