Russell Van Voorst

Russell F. Van Voorst, 71, Luverne, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, at the Good Samaritan Society-Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne from esophageal cancer.

A funeral service was Saturday, Dec. 2, at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial followed at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.

Russell Van Voorst was born on Aug. 16, 1946, to Jake and Vera (Rasmussen) Van Voorst in Luverne. He was baptized on Oct. 20, 1946, and confirmed on May 15, 1960, at St. John Lutheran Church. He attended Luverne High School and graduated in 1964. He served in the Army Reserve National Guard from 1964 to 1971.

On April 6, 1968, Russ married Myrna Crosby in Luverne, where they spent their lives together.

Throughout his life Russ had many jobs, but the one he loved the most was plowing snow for MnDOT. He retired in 2009 after 22 years of service. He rediscovered a love for reading when he was introduced to the Harry Potter series. In 2012 his daughters took him to Universal Studios in Florida to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction.

Russ is survived by his children, Tracy Van Voorst (Jeremy Kilkus), Rochester, and Vicky (Nathan) Weissenberger, Onalaska, Wisconsin; two granddaughters, Lauren and Lucy; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Myrna, in 2013.

Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne,

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