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Mark Wayne Thorstenson, age 70, of Carl Junction, Mo., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at his home, surrounded by family. Mark served in the Army as a dog handler from 1962-1969, returning to Sioux Falls, S.D. in 1970. He served on the Sioux Falls Police Department, retiring as captain at the age of 48 in 1996. In 1982, he married Sandy Albert, and they raised Janell, his beloved daughter. In 2009, they moved to Carl Junction, a suburb of Joplin, Mo. Mark was deeply involved in the lives of his grandchildren. He loved sitting on the front porch watching the youngest play while visiting with the older grandchildren. Mark was also known for his friendly wave and watchful eye over the neighborhood. He is survived by his wife, Sandy Thorstenson; daughter, Janell Goebel and husband, Jeremy, of Carl Junction; stepson, Chris Albert, of Hollywood, Fla.; his pride and joy, grandkids, Zachary, Lexi, Abbey, Mati and Cooper Goebel; sister, Mary Eich, of Sioux Falls; twin brother, Marvin Thorstenson and wife, Becky, of Sioux Falls; nephews, Brian Thorstenson and wife, Carmen, and Brent Thorstenson, of Minneapolis, Minn. Other than his parents, Mark was preceded in death by his stepfather, Velmer Jordt. Funeral arrangements are planned for Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m. at Christ Church of Oronogo Youth Chapel. Family will receive friends on Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the F.O.P.A. of Sioux Falls or "Right Here-Right Now" of Christ Church of Oronogo, both in care of the mortuary. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Mortuary, Joplin.
Published on February 25, 2018
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