|Birth: ||Apr. 17, 1916|
|Death: ||Mar. 1, 2011|
Thenard Allen Torgerson
CHILLICOTHE: Thenard Allen Torgerson, affectionately known as "Torgy", 94, passed from this life to his home in heaven at 4:35 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at Traditions of Chillicothe.
He was born on April 17, 1916 in Houston, Minnesota, the son of Lud and Dena Torgerson. On March 25, 1943 he married Martha Jane Conelley, who preceded him in death on December 29, 1998.
Torgy graduated from Houston High School in 1935 and from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls in 1939. He later earned a Master of Science Degree from Ball State University in 1963. He taught Vocational Agriculture and Science forty years including his service time in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He started teaching at Jefferson Township Schools at Upland and Matthews, Indiana in 1939. After World War II he taught at Sweetser High School and Oak Hill High School in Grant County, Indiana, retiring in 1980. After retirement Torgy and Jane spent winters in Bradenton, Florida and lived there year round for a few years before moving to Robin Run Retirement Village in Indianapolis in 1994.
Torgy was a member of the Sweetser United Methodist Church for over fifty years and a member of the Lions' Club for forty-seven years. He served nine years on the Sweetser Town Board and thirteen years on the Grant County Planning Commission. After his move to Chillicothe, Ohio in 2008, he was a member of Brookside Church.
During his years as an Ag teacher, Torgy worked with FFA students and had many successful judging teams. He was active in Grant County 4-H and could often be seen taking pictures of 4-H students with their projects. Torgy enjoyed filming Oak Hill High School basketball and football games. He was an avid golfer and taught the game to his grandchildren.
Survivors include his two daughters and sons-in-law, Tara and Joseph Anderson of N. Scituate, Rhode Island and Arna and Larry Vitatoe of Chillicothe, Ohio; four grandchildren, Andrew (Alicia) Vitatoe, Erin Anderson, Michael Anderson, and Nathan (Kenzie) Vitatoe; five great-grandchildren, Victoria, Evelyn, Ryan, Myah, and Farrah Vitatoe; step-brother, David Jorde, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, his brother, Donald; and sisters, Candace, Lillian, Viola, and Kathryn preceded him in death.
Calling hours will be held at Brookside Church on Thursday, March 3rd, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and the Sweetser United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 5th, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. with the memorial service immediately following visitation in Sweetser. The burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery north of Sweetser, Indiana. Arrangements are under the direction of Haller Funeral Home.
Torgy was a blessing to his family and friends, and he will be loved and missed. Two of his favorite songs were "How Great Thou Art" and "Jesus Loves Me."
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sweetser United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 316, Sweetser, Indiana 46987 or Brookside Church, 2215 Egypt Pike, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601.
Maple Grove Cemetery
Created by: Stephanie Wright-Lanman
Record added: Mar 03, 2011
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