Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 8, 2009
Loren Keith “Smokey” Enfield, age 84 of Austin, died at his home Thursday, March 5, 2009.
Loren was born Nov. 22, 1924 to Elga and Ellen (Cummings) Enfield in Osage, Iowa, where he grew up and after completing his education, he moved to Austin to work at Geo. A. Hormel & Co.
In 1942 he entered the United States Army, serving in the Ranger Unit in Europe as a tank driver. Awarded two Purple Hearts, he served as a prisoner of war. After his discharge, he returned to Hormel, working in the flavor seal warehouse, driving a fork lift.
He married Wanda Beth Harden in November 1946. Loren and Wanda later divorced. He retired from Hormel Foods in 1986 and was a rural carrier for the Minneapolis Tribune.
A member of First United Methodist Church, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and the VFW, Loren enjoyed hunting, fishing, softball, photography, cooking and snowmobiles. He was able to fix everything. He operated snowmobile dealerships for Polaris, Rupp and Brute. Loren was a gunsmith and owned and operated Smokey’s Gun Shop for many years.
Survivors include sons: Larry (Gwen) Enfield, Ely, Minn., Michael (Cindy) Enfield, Austin, Minn., Tom (Lisa Sanders) Enfield, Austin, David (Ginny) Enfield, Brooklyn Park, Minn., Dan Enfield, Austin; daughter: Penny (Randy) Deters, Brownsdale, Minn.; daughter-in-law: Dianna Enfield, RochesteR; 15 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; sisters: Margaret (Ray) Jacobson, LeRoy, Minn. and Dorothy Bergan, LeRoy; and nieces, nephews and other relatives
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his son, Steven on Oct. 6, 2005 and a brother, Geraldean “Dean.”
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, March 9, 2009 at First United Methodist Church in Austin with the Rev. Dennis Tamke and Rev. David Simersen officiating. Friends may call from 4 to7 p.m., Sunday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment is at LeRoy Lutheran Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216.