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of Albertville, Minnesota

August 14, 1950 – June 16, 2023

Visitation

Sunday, June 25, 2023

one hour prior to the service

The Peterson Chapel – St. Michael / Albertville, MN

Memorial Service

Sunday, June 25, 2023

2:00 p.m.

The Peterson Chapel – St. Michael / Albertville, MN

Luncheon to follow at the funeral chapel

Graveside Service

Thursday, June 29, 2023

2:00 p.m.

Waukanabo Cemetery – rural Aitkin County

Gene ( Eugene ) Arthur Torgerson passed away at the age of 72 at home surrounded by his family on June 16, 2023 from respiratory failure due to multiple Agent Orange complications.

He was a proud Vietnam Veteran who enlisted in the Army from 1969 to 1972 after receiving his Draft notice of number 13 during his senior year of high school. He was a proud member of the American Legion, VFW and Class of 1969 Aitkin High School.

Gene was born in Aitkin, MN on August 14, 1950 to Ralph and Violet Torgerson. He married the love of his life, Diane on September 1, 1973, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year. Proud father to son, Christopher Joe and daughter, Lori Jean. He was an amazing hands-on Grandfather to Eric and Sawyer.

He was a Commercial Roofer for over 25 years and a member of the union, Roofers Local 96.

Gene enjoyed Fishing, Hunting, ATV’s, Snowmobiles, Collecting Old Cars and Antiques.

He was an Arizona Snowbird for over 10 years, enjoying his Family, Arizona Family and Sunshine.

Preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Violet (Peterson) Torgerson; Brothers, Albert, Leslie and Karl; Sister, Florence Hirdler.

Survived by his wife of 50 years, Diane (Polaschek) Torgerson; Son, Christopher ( Becca ) Torgerson and Daughter, Lori ( Brent Olson ) Torgerson; Grandsons, Eric and Sawyer; Brothers, Ed (Paulette) and Wayne (Diane); Sisters, Karen (Rod) Banks, Helen (Jean) Schmidt, Julie (Bruce) Burk and Carol; Brother-in-law, Manual Hirdler; Sister-in-laws, Donna Torgerson and Lucille Draper; also many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

Gene’s Celebration of Life will be Sunday, June 25, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service all at The Peterson Chapel in St Michael / Albertville, MN

Graveside service will be Thursday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m. at the Waukanabo Cemetery in Aitkin County next to his family

In lieu of flowers the family is accepting cash for the Vietnam Veterans of America, non profit corporation donated in Gene’s name. 1-800-Help Vets

Arrangements were entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael / Albertville, MN

 

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Joy (sandell) Corbett

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you Diane and your entire family!

    Reply
  2. D’Ette

    Working with Diane at Target for so many years was a true joy. She was a great storyteller of her life with Gene and all the things they enjoyed! I especially loved her telling stories of their “ Deer runs” counting who saw the most…the winner made out with cash!!💞we also did that but not for dollar bills!
    Such a wonderful wife.
    50 years… so wonderful!
    Sending you love, HUGSand prayers Diane… to you and the kids and grandkids!

    Reply
  3. Barbara & Jim

    Diane, So Sorry to hear about Gene,
    So very sad to loose the ones we Love !
    They are never gone from our Hearts ❤️.
    All our special memories, will live with us forever
    As I have with you Diane, ❤️
    I always remember, when we were setting across
    from each other during our Target years!!!!!!!
    Our talks & conversations, I think about so often, our Kids, our
    Lives, your Mom and what was going on!,,,,,,,,,
    a Very Special time to me, as it will always be….
    Our Love, Thoughts & Prayers are with You & Your Families

    Reply
  4. Barbara

    Diane, So Sorry to hear about Gene,
    So very sad to loose the ones we Love !
    They are never gone from our Hearts ❤️.
    All our special memories, will live with us forever
    As I have with you Diane, ❤️
    I always remember, when we were setting across
    from each other during our Target years!!!!!!!
    Our talks & conversations, I think about so often, our Kids, our
    Lives, your Mom and what was going on!,,,,,,,,,
    a Very Special time to me, as it will always be….
    Our Love, Thoughts & Prayers are with You & Your Families

    Reply
  5. Barbara Newstrom

    Barbara,

    Diane, So Sorry to hear about Gene,
    So very sad to loose the ones we Love !
    They are never gone from our Hearts ❤️.
    All our special memories, will live with us forever
    As I have with you Diane, ❤️
    I always remember, when we were setting across
    from each other during our Target years!!!!!!!
    Our talks & conversations, I think about so often, our Kids, our
    Lives, your Mom and what was going on!,,,,,,,,,
    a Very Special time to me, as it will always be….
    Our Love, Thoughts & Prayers are with You & Your Families

    Reply
  6. Barbara Newstrom

    Diane, So Sorry to hear about Gene,
    So very sad to loose the ones we Love !
    They are never gone from our Hearts ❤️.
    All our special memories, will live with us forever
    As I have with you Diane, ❤️
    I always remember, when we were setting across
    from each other during our Target years!!!!!!!
    Our talks & conversations, I think about so often, our Kids, our
    Lives, your Mom and what was going on!,,,,,,,,,
    a Very Special time to me, as it will always be….
    Our Love, Thoughts & Prayers are with You & Your Families

    Reply
  7. Barbara and Jim

    Diane, So sorry to hear about Gene, so very sad to lose the ones we love! They are never gone from our hearts ❤️. All our special memories will live with us forever.

    As I have with you Diane, I always remember when we were sitting across from each other during our Target years!! Our talks and conversations, I think about so often, our kids, our lives, your mom and what was going on!! A very special time to me, as it will always be.

    Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Reply

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