Marcus Alleckson, age 78, of Porter passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at Sanford Health Canby Hospital. Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 11 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Porter, MN. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at Birk Funeral Home in Canby with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Rev. Ellen Munter will officiate. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Military honors will be provided by Porter American Legion Post 457. Online registry is available at www.birkfuneralhome.com.
Marcus Peter Alleckson was born just south of Porter on October 8, 1928 to Peter and Marie (Haugen) Alleckson. His older sister, Donna Marie had just died as an infant the year before Marcus was born. This left him to be the oldest of seven brothers and one sister. Like so many, he grew up in the depression years of 1930-40’s. Marcus went to country school in Lincoln County. He worked on the family farm as a young man and in 1951 he joined the US Army. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division and was a medic with a MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) during the Korean War. He also served in Germany. The horrific experiences he encountered as a medic would stay with him all of his life. He was very proud of his service in the Army. When Marcus returned from Korea, he was employed as a heavy equipment operator.
On March 12, 1960, he married Lorraine Rasmussen. The couple had one son, Jack. He continued to work road construction and also bought a farm by Dead Coon Lake not far from Arco.
Marcus was a very kind, smart and hard working man. He liked working on his farm, being in the field and fixing things. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, sports (watching the Twins and Vikings) and visits from family and friends and he will be truly missed by them.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine of Porter; his son, Jack; four grandchildren, Arica (Eric) Jahn; Danny Alleckson; Becci Alleckson; Steven Alleckson; three brothers, Jim (Velma) Alleckson; Bob (LaVonne) Alleckson; David (Dee) Alleckson; sister Margie (Wally) Pesch; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and an infant sister.
Blessed be his memory.