Vance Nordeen Torgerson

Vance Nordeen Torgerson

Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Death 19 Sep 2002 (aged 83)
Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial Adams, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Plot 150
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Vance Nordeen Torgerson, of Scottsdale, Ariz., passed away Sept. 19, 2002, during an extended hospitalization in Scottsdale.

He was born in Austin, Minn. on Oct. 6, 1918.

During his high school years in Adams, he was a football quarterback, a baseball pitcher and a basketball forward.

He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield for two years, starting in 1936, before transferring to the University of Minnesota for his final two years, where he earned a bachelor of business administration degree in 1940.

He served in the Army during World War II.

He was associated with the Farmers State Bank in Adams, Minn., for 43 years in the positions of assistant cashier, cashier, vice president, president and chairman of the board.

He "wintered" in Lakeland, Fla. for 10 years after retiring from the bank and before moving to Scottsdale in 2000.

He served on the Southland School District Board of Education, as a trustee of St. Olaf Hospital in Austin, Minn. and as treasurer of the Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams, Minn., where he was baptized, confirmed and married. He was also a founding director of the Cedar River Country Club in Adams, a Boy Scout leader in Adams, a Lions Club member in Adams and a mayor of Adams.

He enjoyed boating, fishing and water skiing with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of more than 56 years, Muriel (Sass); sons, Dr. Stuart A. Torgerson, Springfield, Ill.; Dr. Brian C. Torgerson, Sanford, N.C.; and James D. Torgerson, lawyer and business owner, Scottsdale, Ariz.; sister, Dorothy T. Smith of Queensbury, N.Y.; brother, Roy Torgerson of Adams, Minn.; and six greatly loved grandchildren.

Services and burial will be Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, at 1:30 p.m., at Little Cedar Lutheran Church and Cemetery, in Adams, with the congregational pastor Rev. Sherry Mason, nephew Rev. David Smith of Metropolis, Ill., and friend Rev. Dr. Meg Madson of Plymouth, Minn., officiating. Scottsdale services were held at Desert Foothills Lutheran Church, Scottsdale, on Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, with the Rev. Michael Schmidt officiating. The family asks that memorials from the area be made to the Little Cedar Lutheran Church, Adams, MN 55909. Arrangements by the Adams Funeral Home and by Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Friends may call at the Adams Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and at the church for one hour before the service on Friday.

Interment will be at the Little Cedar Lutheran cemetery with Adams Post #146 in charge of military rites.

Information from Little Cedar Lutheran Church:
Vance N. Torgerson was born October 6, 1918, at Austin, MN, the eldest son of Nordeen and Nora Torgerson. Vance was raised in Adams, MN, completing elementary school in Adams and graduating from Adams High School in 1936. He attended St. Olaf College 1936-1938; received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from University of Minnesota in 1940. During summer months while in high school and college he was employed at Farmers State Bank of Adams. Vance was continuously employed at the bank since June 1940, except for Army service 6/1941 to 12/1945, and was discharged as 1st Lieutenant.

In 1946, Vance married Muriel Sass and they have three sons and wives: Stuart and Crescence of Springfield, Illinois; Brian and Candace of Sanford, North Carolina; and James and Mary Ann of Scottsdale, Arizona; completing the immediate family are three granddaughters and two grandsons. Vance also has a brother, Roy, of Austin, and a sister, Dorothy, of Queensbury, New York.

Vance served as Mayor of Adams, Commander of Adams American Legion Post and Commander of Mower County American Legion. He was a charter member of the Adams Lions Club, active in development of Adams Swimming Pool and was one of the original founders of the Cedar River Country Club where he served 16 years as officer and board member. He served 18 years as Treasurer of Little Cedar Church. He was a committeeman and adult leader of Adams Boy Scout Troop; various capacities as an officer and committee member of county, district, and state banking organizations. He was secretary-treasurer and board member of St. Olaf Hospital in Austin from 1971-1987. Vance has been past chairman of various fund drives for Red Cross and Boy Scouts. He had 21 years continuous service as clerk and board member of former School District No. 8 of Adams, its successor District No. 491 and in the consolidated District No. 500.

Vance is a sports enthusiast, with hobbies of golf, water sports, and photography. He enjoys travel, visiting family, and winters in Florida.

His favorite hymn is "How Great Thou Art" and his favorite Bible verse if John 3:16 "For God So Loved the World..." Vance has been a lifetime member of Little Cedar Lutheran Church.

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