|Birth: ||Feb. 22, 1913|
|Death: ||Dec. 30, 2006|
Torlief S. (Torley) Aasheim passed away after a brief illness Dec. 30, 2006, in Bozeman.
Torley was born Feb. 22, 1913, in a sod house near Reserve, the son of Sven and Marthea Aasheim, Norwegian immigrants. One of five brothers, he spent his formative years in northeastern Montana, graduating from Antelope High School in 1930. He later attended Montana State University (then Montana State College), graduating with both a bachelors and masters degree in Agronomy. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.
Torley's professional life was spent working in a variety of capacities associated with agriculture in Montana. In 1974 he retired after serving 16 years as director of the Montana Cooperative Extension Service.
He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1943 and later served as an officer in the Pacific theatre from 1942-1946. He was awarded the bronze star for action as a boat officer in the Philippine campaign.
Torley married Dorothy Pinkerton on Sept. 8, 1943. They have two sons, Larry of Bozeman and Ron of Helena.
Community service was important to Torley. He was a member of Lions International for several years. He was active as a youth coach when his sons were involved and as a member of Little League, Babe Ruth, and American Legion Baseball committees. He was president of the Hawk Boosters and was also the first executive director of United Way of Gallatin County and chairman of the Bozeman Study Commission.
Torley received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the Blue-Gold Award, and the Award of Excellence from Montana State University.
He also received the Guy Sperry Award from the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce for his contributions to the Bozeman community and was named a Community Leader of America in 1968. His passions included his family, Montana agriculture, and Montana State University, from which he received an honorary doctorate in 1996.
He'll be remembered for the "Aasheim Gate," the "M" Restoration Project, and "Go Cat" buttons.
Torley is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 63 years; sons Larry and Ron and their wives Kathy and Char; and two brothers, Sam and Magnus of Plentywood.
He is also survived by six grandchildren: Shawn and his wife Lisa of Portland, Ore.; Kammi Hopstad and her husband Jerret of Boise, Idaho; Tanner of Boise, Idaho; Ryen of Missoula; Erik of Bozeman; and Lindsey of Helena - Torley's sixth grandchild to attend Montana State University.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the Strand Union Building at MSU. Everyone is encouraged to wear their blue and gold.
Memorials in Torley's name may be made to the Aasheim Scholarship Fund, Attn: MSU/TSA Scholarship, 11th and Lincoln Road, Bozeman, MT 59715.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
Published in the Helena Independent Record on 1/2/2007.
Created by: A Marine's Daughter
Record added: Jan 02, 2007
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