John Kenneth TorgersonJohn Kenneth Torgerson, the son of Rev. Einar N. and Esther (Brudvik) Torgerson was born August 11, 1934 in New Westminster, BC, Canada. He died at the age of 76 years on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at the Heart of America Medical Center - ER in Rugby, ND.
John Kenneth Torgerson
John Kenneth Torgerson, the son of Rev. Einar N. and Esther (Brudvik) Torgerson was born August 11, 1934 in New Westminster, BC, Canada. He died at the age of 76 years on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at the Heart of America Medical Center - ER in Rugby, ND.
John was raised in the home of his parents in Canada until the age of 12 when the family moved to Twin Valley, MN, where he completed his schooling. On January 9, 1952, he enlisted into the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at various Air Force bases in the United States and Africa as a jet engine mechanic. He was honorably discharged from active duty on April 27, 1959.
On November 26, 1974, he was united in marriage to Elaine Bye at Ann Arbor, MI. Following their marriage, the couple made their home in the Detroit, MI area, Little Rock, AR and Petaluma, CA.
He was a member of the American Speech Language & Hearing Association, Sertoma and Lions Clubs and First Lutheran Church in Rugby. While at Minot State University, he was presented with the "Distinguished Professor Award" and the North Dakota "Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award".
He is survived by his wife, Elaine; 3 daughters, Patrice (Bob) Donald and Valerie Cartier, all of Grand Forks and Kim (Dave) Jacobson, Minot; numerous grandchildren, great and great-great- grandchildren; 2 brothers, Rev. Iver (Austa) Torgerson, Randolph, MN, Gordon (Cherie) Torgerson, Brooklyn Park, MN; 3 sisters, Lenore (Jack) Darrah, Lansing, MI, Grace (Darrol) Nichols, Detroit Lakes, MN and Elsie Himes, Tampa, FL; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Walter; brothers-in-law, David Bye and Paul Slette; and his parents.
Memorial services held: 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the First Lutheran Church in Rugby, Pastor Mike Pretzer, officiating.
Full military honors will be accorded by the Clarence Larson American Legion Post #23, Honor and Color Guard of Rugby and the Minor Air Force Military Funeral Honors Detail.
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby.