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September 22, 1946 – July 11, 2019

Calvin “Butch” Edgar Bjorklund, age 72, of Buffalo died of cancer on Thursday, July 11th, 2019 at his residence.

He was born on September 22nd, 1946 in Watertown, MN, the son of Marvin & Florence (Roehlke) Bjorklund. He was baptized on April 27, 1947 at Buffalo Covenant Church. He was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN on May 2, 1982.

Butch was raised on a farm south of Buffalo and attended Carlson grade school, a one room schoolhouse nearby, and later graduated from Buffalo High School in 1966.

On December 9, 1967, Calvin “Butch” Bjorklund and Beverly Ann Klarstrom were joined in holy marriage at All Saints Lutheran Church in Darwin, MN with Pastor Roy officiating. God blessed their 51-and-a-half-year honeymoon with five children.

Butch will be remembered as a loving, kind, compassionate, fun-loving, joke-telling man that loved to spend time with his family and friends. He enjoyed making them laugh! He also loved nature, bird watching, hunting, fishing, trips to Duluth, watching westerns, and listening to country and gospel music. He enjoyed attending toy shows and threshing shows. He collected Farmall and International Harvester toy tractors and memorabilia, as well as Cub Cadet lawn tractors. He was a member of the Minnesota Chapter 15 International Harvester Collectors Club and made many lifelong friends. Toy Farmer magazine and Farm Collector magazine both featured articles about his collection. Because of physical limitations, he also enjoyed coloring later in life.

He drove semi-truck nationwide and in Canada for Bjorklund Trucking and Lohse Transfer.

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo.

He will be dearly missed by his loving wife: Beverly; five children: Ann Bjorklund (Theresa Jones), Betty (Dennis) Havel, Curtiss (Micky) Bjorklund, Darren (Natalie) Bjorklund, and Ellen (Tim) Lohse; eighteen grandchildren including Carissa, Lindsey, Krista, Jacob, Coty, Jessie, Jessica, Isaiah, Gabrielle, Riley, Dani, Kali (Drew), Holly (Ryan), Bryce, Chloe, Madelynn; six great grandchildren: Leonard, Sydney, Atley, Mayah, Leonorah, Christian; many relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Edward, sister Jane Hurley, brother-in-law John Hurley, nephew Richard Tesch, and granddaughter Isabella Bjorklund.

Services and visitation will take place at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 25th from 4-8 P.M. A Prayer service will be held at 7:00 P.M. followed by a time for sharing memories.

The Memorial Service for Calvin “Butch” Bjorklund will be held on Friday, July 26th, 2019 at 11:00 A.M with visitation an hour before.

Friends and family are encouraged to wear red or Farmall/International Harvester/Cub Cadet clothing the day of Butch’s services in memory of his great joy in collecting Farmall and International Harvester toys and memorabilia.

Urn Bearers will be Curtiss Bjorklund and Darren Bjorklund. Burial will take place at a later date.

Special thanks to Dr. Cynthia Larson for her years of care, compassion, and friendship.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to


17 Guestbook Entries

  1. Cheri Walhowe Salisbury

    To Bev and family,
    so sorry to hear of Butch’s passing. He was a dear friend. have many memories of him in grade school the Carlson school. and riding the bus fo four years playing cards on the bus. Also writing letters for him to be sent to the various truck dealers to get new information on the new trucks.

    He will forever in in my thoughts. RIP Butch you are in a far better place now without pain and suffering. i shall miss old friend.

    Cheri and Reed Salisbury.

  2. dale and lisa bjorklund

    So sorry for your loss. Take comfort in knowing he is no longer suffering. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

  3. Ann Bjorklund

    I love you, Dad!!

  4. Dale & Lisa Bjorklund

    So sorry for your loss. Take comfort in knowing he no longer is suffering. Thoughts & prayers to you all.

  5. Donna and Rod Anderson

    To Bev and family; So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and father. Rod and I appreciated getting to know the two of you through toy shows.

    Rod and Donna Anderson
    Anderson Enterprises


    Bev, so sorry to hear about Butch, he was a one of a kind and I will always remember that great smile and hand shake he would greet you with.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Dic Danielson

  7. Mary

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I have many good memories of your Mom and Dad and being at your house! Bless you all and peace to you.

    Thinking of you all

    Mary Triplett and family

  8. Jan Heyerdahl

    May God grant you peace as you adjust to days without Butch. His great laugh and wonderful smile are memories I will never forget.

  9. Lisa Fashant-Kasper

    My Dear Friend Ann,
    So sorry for the loss of your Dad. Losing my Dad to brain cancer 6 years ago was the worst. Huggs to your whole family..

  10. Ric Seashore

    Sorry to hear of Butch’s passing.

  11. Robin Chaffins

    Bev & family,
    That smile on Butch’s face is how I will always remember him. Prayers & thoughts are with all of you as you try to fill in the huge hole he has left in your life.
    Robin & Gary Chaffins

  12. Robin Thiessen

    Bev and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Butch passing. He was a joy to be around and I feel blessed to have known him. I will pray for your comfort at this time and for God to heal your sorrow. I will also pray that you are able to find joy in the memories of his crazy jokes and fun-loving spirit.
    Love to you all.

  13. Robin Thiessen

    Bev & family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Butch passing. I feel honored to have gotten to know him even for a short period of time. I will pray for comfort for you and the rest of the family to find peace at this time and also to pray that you can find joy in knowing that he is with God and remember all of his crazy jokes and his fun-loving Spirit

  14. Janice Luoma

    Curt and family,
    Sorry for your loss. The memories you have of him will live forever in your hearts.
    Curt-I don’t know if you remember me but I bought a couple of cars from you at Buffalo Chrysler and always appreciated you your kindness.

  15. Nicole Jordan

    I am so sorry for your loss, love and prayers to the family. He will be missed dearly.

  16. Sandy and Dave Pearson

    Bev and family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Butch is one of a kind! A very special person and he will be missed by many. We will be praying for you and your family!

  17. Tiffany (Larson) Sipe

    My heartfelt condolences to the family.

    Butch has had and will always have a special place in my heart.

    Butch saw something in a scared and fiesty young lady who was going afer her dream of driving the “BIG” trucks. He took that fragile dream and made sure it would have strong roots and would grow. Butch’s gentle ways, teaching skills, knack of calming nerves and making one laugh with one of his many jokes, made a positive and lasting difference, not only in my life but the lives of many others.

    I will always be grateful for Mrs. Bjorklund for allowing me the opportunity to learn from the best. Butch’s integrity and standard of excellence have been qualities I have strived to achieve during my 30 years in the trucking industry.

    Butch – Someday I will catch you at the Pine Cone and FYI….your buyin the coffee!


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