Craig Stewart Thorsbakken, 63, of Princeton, formerly of Milaca, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 9th at his home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 14th at 11 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Milaca with Pastor Tim Bauer officiating. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 PM Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Casketbearers will include Dan Thorsbakken, Mark Thorsbakken, Adam Thorsbakken, Robert Olson, Les Arrowood and Alan Thorsbakken. Memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association.
Craig was born on March 28, 1951 as a twin in Ames, Iowa to Harold and Leona Thorsbakken. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed many trips with friends, both locally and nationally. He spent all his free time with family and friends, enjoying life to the fullest, often times with a good game of cribbage, over a hot cup of coffee and good conversation. He retired in April 2014 after 42 years of loyal service at Federal Cartridge in Anoka. He was lucky enough to enjoy the month of July touring Alaska on his Honda Gold Wing with his good buddies, Bob, Bill, and Mel enjoying all the sites.
He is survived by his mother, Leona Thorsbakken of Milaca; siblings: brother, Dan (Jackie) Thorsbakken of Princeton, brother, Mark (Lynn) Thorsbakken of Milaca, twin sister, Cindy (Stuart) Dahlman of Watertown, and sister, Sue Burke of Watertown; eight nieces and nephews, Alan (Laura) Thorsbakken of Elk River, Lisa (Chris) Wark of Elk River, Heather (Anthony) Wendling of Watertown, Nichole (Patrick) Chase of Sherburn, Adam (Sarah) Thorsbakken of Milaca, April Thorsbakken of Minneapolis, Lindsay (James) Westover of Minneapolis and Alex (Isaac) Krueger of Sioux Falls SD, plus fifteen great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Thorsbakken, and brother-in-law, Gary Burke.