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Alvin Tollefsrud

December 18, 1918 - May 12, 2010

Prayer Service:

Viewing from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday with a Prayer Service at 7:00 Sunday at Boulger Funeral Home.

Funeral Service:

Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Hope Lutheran North Church, Fargo.


Burial at Mayville Cemetery, Mayville, ND


Boulger Funeral Home

Alvin Tollefsrud

December 18, 1918 - May 12, 2010


Alvin Tollefsrud, age 91, of Fargo ND died peacefully on May 12, 2010 surrounded by his family and loved ones. 

Alvin was born in Twin Valley MN on December 18, 1918 and moved when he was a child to Mayville ND where he lived most of his life.  He attended Mayville public school, graduated from Mayville State University and from the Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking in Madison WI.  He joined the National Guard in 1940 and was activated to service in February 1941.  As a member of the 164th Infantry Regiment of the Americal Division, he was in the first US Army unit to take offensive action against the Japanese during the battle of Guadalcanal in 1941. He was involved in many major south Pacific battles during World War II before coming home in 1946.

On his discharge, he began employment at the Goose River Bank in Mayville where he was for 30 years and as an insurance agent for Northwest Mutual Life for over 25 years prior to his retirement.  He was active in the VFW, American Legion, 164th Infantry Assoc. and the Guadalcanal Veterans Assoc.  He served his church on various committees, church council and teaching Sunday school.  He also supported Junior Legion baseball and the Boy Scouts.  He was very close to his 1940 MSU football teammates and his fellow WWII veterans of the 164th L Company and enjoyed their many gatherings over the years. As an amateur radio operator, he enjoyed talking to his fellow ‘hams’ on the net and making friends over the world.

Alvin was preceded in death by his wife Marion of 61 years, his two brothers Clarence and Gilmore and his sister Alma.  He is survived by his daughter Mary and David Craveiro of Warren RI, son Neil and Deborah Tollefsrud of Shakopee MN, and daughter Jane and Dana Hunt of Owatonna MN.  He has 7 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Arrangements are made through the Boulger Funeral Home.  There will be a viewing on Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00 with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m at Boulger Funeral Home, 123 10th St. South in Fargo.   Funeral services will be at Hope Lutheran Church North 2900 N. Broadway in Fargo on Monday at 11:00am.  Burial will be at Mayville cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on Monday.

Living a great and full life, he is grateful for his many close friends and their fellowship.  He has appreciated all the help, support and love shared and received, especially during these last months.  Instead of flowers, Alvin has requested that you go to church, help a neighbor, serve your community, thank a veteran for their service and your freedom.

This is KAǾEDB going off the air. Out.


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  1. Don Borud says:

    Bismarck ND
    Many of us had a long association with Tolly through our years at Northwestern Mutual.Tolly was a very kind and caring person.

  2. The 164th Infantry News says:

    Bismarck ND
    It is sad to lose another fine WWII soldier from the heroic 164th Infantry Regiment. Alvin enjoyed the second trip to Guadalcanal (1992) much more than the first one, and I have fond memories of him during the trip and at reunions. My sympathies to his family.

  3. Janet Lund says:

    Pelican Rapids mnA relative of Alvin, way back to the C. G. Rud family. My sympathy to you, his family. You have wonderful memories and a great tradition of family to comfort you.

  4. Allen Voelker says:

    Mayville ndMy thoughts and prayers to all of Alvin’s family. I met Alvin 12 years ago through my son who had written him a letter for Veterans Day. As a Navy Veteran and having a great interest in Pacific WWII history, I was fortunate enough to spend time talking with Alvin about his service time in the Pacific theater. I am saddend by his loss but enjoyed his friendship and the time I was able to spend with Alvin and Marion. I have a great and deep respect for his service and sacrifice. He is and always will be a true hero to me and I will never forget him or what he did for our country.

  5. Esther Kuntz Kraus says:

    Wahpeton ND
    My sympathies to the families of Alvin. I enjoyed working with Alvin many years ago at the Goose River Bank, in fact he was the one who hired me.I also enjoyed Marion when ever she was in the bank or anywhere on main street.She always greeted you with a smile. Esther Kuntz Kraus.

  6. Ellen Chaffee says:

    Bismarck ND
    As president of Mayville State for nine years, I had the privilege of knowing Alvin through his support for the university. He was always so positive and funny and honest – not an easy combination of traits! As a 1940 football alum, among the first to play on the then-new football field, his support was instrumental in making it possible to rename the field to honor the great coach Jerome Berg. God bless his beautiful soul.

  7. Jackee Lerol says:

    Mayville ND
    My thoughts and prayers are with you Jane, and your family. May god bless you all with precious memories of your dad. Jackee

  8. Jane (Korsmo) Winter says:

    Grand Forks ND
    To Jane, Neil, Mary and families: I am sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad.
    My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

  9. Christopher Hoven says:

    Arlington VirginiaAlvin, “Tolly,” was my cousin. He and Marion use to visit us at the farm in Minnesota
    . They were quite the couple and I always enjoyed their visits. Tolly was a wonderful, good man. He will be missed by all.

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