Tony E. Telken


It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that our husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend Tony E. Telken passed away too soon at the age of 56 on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND due to complications with Covid.

Tony Ernest Telken was born on November 24, 1965 in Jamestown, ND to James and Freda (Benson) Telken. Tony grew up in Jamestown where he attended school and graduated from Jamestown High School with the Class of 1984. He attended the University of North Dakota and graduated in 1989 with a degree in business. He then married Jodi Buchner and through this union two amazing children were born. He has worked at Scheels, Hanson Ford, Rydell’s and was currently employed with Lithia Ford Lincoln in Grand Forks at the time of his death. On March 1, 2018 he was united in marriage at Sandals South Coast in Jamaica, to the love of his life, Tracy Hulse, whom he called his puzzle piece. They were inseparable, loving to spend every spare moment together, truly enjoying each others company.

Tony was an amazing man, loved by all that knew him. He is remembered by his beautiful and genuine smile. He was all about having fun, being a very social person and instantly making friends with anyone he crossed paths with. In his recent years, he loved hosting as well as going to events, golfing and sharing a love for travel with Tracy. He was devoted to his family, and truly loved being “Papa”, delivering unlimited cheek grinders for all. He also had a passion and pride for UND that was immeasurable. He had a huge philanthropic heart. Tony was dedicated to Grand Forks and was very involved in the community serving on several boards.

Loving family members who survive Tony include his wife Tracy of Grand Forks, ND; children, Chelsee Telken of Grand Forks, ND, Wyatt Telken of Grand Forks, ND, Torrie (Tyler) Syverson of Thompson, ND and Trevor Hulse of Grand Forks, ND; 3 grandchildren, Benson “B”, Layton, Evie; siblings, Marion (Dale) Seckerson of Jamestown, ND, Deborah Anderson of Bismarck, ND, Vickie (Tom) Steckler of Jamestown, ND, Sandie (Gary) Orr of Jamestown, ND and Hank (Natalie) Telken of Jamestown, ND; brother-in-law, Carter Berg of Center, ND; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Barbara Berg and brother-in-law Gordon Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to a charity of your choice.

Funeral Service: 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, Southwest Door Entrance. Lunch to follow after the service at the Gorecki Alumni Center on UND Campus.

Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 with a 6:30 PM Prayer Service on Friday December 10, 2021 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, Southwest Door Entrance and also 1 hour prior Funeral Service on Saturday in the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Interment: Calvary South Cemetery ~ Grand Forks, ND in the spring of 2022

Online Guestbook: - live stream will be available for the service.

Arrangements By: Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, MN

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