Mac J. Tobkin was born July 30, 1926 to Henry and Anna (Schmelz) Tobkin in Perham, MN. He was the youngest of 10 children. Mac attended District 158 country school for 6 years, St Henry's School for 2 years and then PHS for the rest of his education. He helped his father run the family farm during WW II as his older brothers had to leave to serve in the armed forces.
On June 16, 1947 he married Dorothy Grismer at St. Joe's Church in rural Perham. Mac and Dorothy were blessed with 11 children: Ron, Paul, Mark, Joan, Linda, Virginia, Neil, Connie, Ricky, Mary and Sharon. Sadly Dorothy passed away in 1982.
Mac was a diversified farmer for many years in Gorman Township. In 1957 Mac became a District Supervisor for a seed company with 31 dealers under his supervision. Realizing the importance of maximum economic yields, he then started the first fertilizer and chemical dealership in this area called Mac's Farm Service. In the early 70's Mac partnered with Tuffy and Kenny Nelson and started a full service farm/home supply business called Perco Farm and Home Supply dealing in hardware, fertilizer, chemicals, seed, feed and furniture. In 1982 Mac partnered with his son, Ron, and built Prairie Bean Company. In 1995 Mac, along with his sons Ron, Neil and Rick, built a 1600 cow dairy to enhance their farming operations.
Mac married Ruby Dewar in 1985. Shortly after their marriage Mac retired from farming and built a home on Little Pine Lake and eventually moved to a house in Perham, MN. Mac enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren along with hunting, fishing, golfing and other hobbies.
Over the years Mac was actively involved in St Henry's Church and School serving as Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus. He was also involved with the following organizations:
Gorman Township Board
ASCS County Committee Chairman
Soil and Water Conservation Committee
Perham Sportsman Club Officer
Perham Chamber of Commerce Officer
15 years on the Perham Fair Board
Little Pine Lake Association Chairman
1st King Agassi to be appointed from East Ottertail County in 1961
Perham Lakeside Country Club President
Inducted into the Perham Hall of Fame in 1994
Mac also worked diligently on fund raising for the Perham Community Center and the Perham Lakeside Golf Course expansion. Mac has always been a strong supporter and promoter of the Perham Community.
Mac was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy, daughters Virginia and Joan (Tim) McCaslin, son Ricky, and second wife Ruby.
He is survived by Ron (Sally), Paul (Jutta), Mark (Yong Ja), son-in-law Tim McCaslin, Linda (Ken) Richter, Neil (Sherry), Connie Stoll, Mary (Ray) Hendrickx, Sharon (Kim) Steeke along with 32 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.
On Thursday, September 22, 2016 Mac passed away in Perham Living. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 26 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with a Knights of Columbus rosary at 6:30 p.m. and parish prayers at 7:00 p.m. at Schoeneberger Funeral Home. Visitation will resume on Tuesday, September 27 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. followed by the funeral Mass at 2:00 p.m. at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Perham. Father Matthew Kuhn will officiate. Burial will be held in the church cemetery.
A special thank-you to the CNAs, RNs and staff at Perham Living, Harvest Glen who touched the heart of not only our dad, but that of his family.
Mac's memorial folder