OBITUARY

Thomas Alfred Torson

July 27, 1950April 21, 2021

Thomas Alfred Torson, age 70, son of Theron and Lorraine (Bickel) Torson, born July 27, 1950 in Detroit Lakes, MN, passed away from a brief battle with cancer at his home in Bethel, MN, on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

At the age of three, his father was killed in a trucking accident. A couple years later, Tom gained his second father, when his mother Lorraine married Marvin Andrews. The family moved to Graceville, MN, where Tom graduated from Graceville High School in 1968 and then the University of Minnesota in Marshall, MN. He was united in marriage to Karen Kloos on June 18th, 1977. Tom and family moved to St. Francis, MN, in 1985 where the family currently resides.

Tom's own experiences with golf, football, basketball, and baseball in high school and college made him the perfect at-home coach. Being an athlete himself, he was involved with his children and grandchildren in the St. Francis and local athletic communities. Tom was always a part of their games, from coaching at the youth level to supporting them from the sidelines.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Jamie; his father, Theron; parents, Lorraine and Marvin Andrews; and sister, Diane.

Tom's legacy will live on through his loving wife of 43 years, Karen; children, Terry (Marlo) Torson, Todd Torson, Jaclynn (Lorne) Rothbauer, Tracy (Danyelle) Torson; grandchildren, Ellison and Brayden Torson, Trinity Torson, Madison, Makayla and Tanner Rothbauer, Kip, Kal, and Millie Torson; siblings, Sharon (Ron) Buntje, brother-in-law Ron Ritter, Steve (Kay) Andrews, Janet (Ross) Stark; and extended family and friends.

Join us to Celebrate Tom's Life on Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church at 19001 Jackson St NE, East Bethel, MN. Service will begin at 11:00 am with no visitation prior. Private Interment to follow at West Oak Grove Cemetery in Oak Grove, MN. Livestream will be available for those who are unable to attend. This will be available when the service begins at 11:00 am, at our Gearhart Anoka Facebook Page: https://en-gb.facebook.com/GearhartAnoka/

In lieu of flowers, all memorials received will be donated in honor of Tom to St. Francis Athletics. A GoFundMe link is available. Check or cash to the family is also accepted to donate in Tom’s memory.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/tom-torsons-youth-athletic-memorial?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared below for the Torson family.

  • FAMILY

  • He is preceded in death by his daughter, Jamie; his father, Theron; parents, Lorraine and Marvin Andrews; and sister, Diane.
    Tom's legacy will live on through his loving wife of 43 years, Karen; children, Terry (Marlo) Torson, Todd Torson, Jaclynn (Lorne) Rothbauer, Tracy (Danyelle) Torson; grandchildren, Ellison and Brayden Torson, Trinity Torson, Madison, Makayla and Tanner Rothbauer, Kip, Kal, and Millie Torson; siblings, Sharon (Ron) Buntje, brother-in-law Ron Ritter, Steve (Kay) Andrews, Janet (Ross) Stark; and extended family and friends

Services

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  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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  • Private Interment

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CB and Vicky Kloos

April 27, 2021

Our last memory of Tom was when we met in Elbow Lake. As we parted, he hugged me and said, “Love you guys.” What better last memory can a person ask for.

Ken and Patti Byl

April 25, 2021

We are so very sorry to hear of your great loss! 💔 We had no idea Tom was ill. The last couple years has kept us quite confined due to the Covid pandemic and Ken's many trips and treatments at the Mayo in Rochester. So sorry! Tom was always so kind and enjoyable to be around. He always made people smile. He will be greatly missed by many! We are so saddened by his passing. We shared many years, and now great memories, when both our boys, now young men, Tracy and Nick, played Basketball together; very memorable years! They had their fun and we, as the parents, had our fun, as well. Sending many prayers, our love and hugs to each and everyone of you...Karen, Terry, Todd, Tracy, Jackie and the rest of the enire family. Thinking of you all. ❤❤❤🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Love, Ken & Patti Byl

David and Sue Nutter

April 24, 2021

We will always remember Tom as a very friendly and happy man. He was such a wonderful family man. Always supporting his children in all their activities. Karen and Tom always took time to say hello. We will miss Tom. Our sympathy to all his children and grandchildren and Karen!

Louise Comfort

April 22, 2021

Dearest Karen and family,
Thinking of you in this time of sorrow.....treasure your memories of Tom as a loving husband and father.....wishing you peace, sending my love,
Louise

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY