Robert E. Torgrimson, beloved husband, father and grandfather, longtime Miles City resident passed away in Billings on September 30. He was 91. His immediate family was with him. Bob had just enjoyed the trip of his lifetime to Washington DC last weekend (September 23-24) on the Big Sky Honor Flight for WWII veterans to see the WWII Memorial and other memorials. His oldest grandson, Todd Wilson, was his escort. Daughter Karen and son-in-law, Bo, joined them in DC. Bob said “I was just a soldier, but they tell me I’m a Hero”. He kept saying “I am so glad I came”. His family is too.
Bob was born May 5, 1921 in Dooley, Montana. He attended schools in Dooley, Fort Peck, and graduated from Noxon H. S. in 1939. He spent three years in the Civilian Conservation Corp after high school. He served in the U.S. Air Force in the China-Berma-India Theater from 1942-1946. March 20, 1943 he married Lela Baldwin of Ismay. They were married 66 years. Lela passed away in 2009. They had 4 children: Karen, Linda, Richard “Ricky” who passed away in 1955, and Nancy. Bob worked for Foster Drug Company, Western Pharmacy, Coast to Coast, and Steadman’s Ace Hardware. He was a longtime active member (50+ years) of the First Presbyterian Church. He served in many capacities and was an ordained elder. Bob was recognized by the Bloodmobile for the “gallons” of blood he donated over the years. He was often called in the middle of the night to donate his rare O negative blood.
Bob was active in the Presbyterian Church Boy Scout Program, Elks, Eagles, Kiwanis Club, and Civil Defense. He and Lela volunteered at Holy Rosary Healthcare and the Art Center. Bob was a proud member of the Miles City COPS and was the last surviving member of the infamous Miles City “Wild Bunch”.
Bob and Lela moved to Billings Highgate Senior Living in 2009 following Bob’s heart valve surgery. Lela passed away in April 2009. Bob enjoyed his “condo” at Highgate and loved the caring staff and all the activities which helped to keep him busy and young. He was always very social and never met a stranger, just a person he hadn’t visited with yet.
Bob was preceded in death by his 4 year old son Ricky, parents Adolph and Mabel Torgrimson, a brother, Dean, his wife of 66 years, Lela and great granddaughter Shannon Wilson. He is survived by two brothers, Darrel Torgrimson (Penny) of Thompson Falls, Kenneth Torgrimson (Rosie) of St. Ignatius, sister, Phyllis Tanner of Wheatfield, IN, daughters Karen (Bo) Severson, Linda (Glenn) Fink both of Billings and Nancy (Loren) Gerch of Longmont, CO; grandchildren: Todd (Laurie) Wilson, Chad (Ann) Wilson and their father Bruce (Patty) Wilson, Corrin (Greg) Lipinski and Corrin’s father Ron Printz; Brittaney Blue and David Gerch; step grandchildren, Scott Fink, Annette (Ken) Kunda, Chad Fink and Dana Fink; great grandchildren, Sean, Jordan and Ethan Wilson; Joe, Christian, Grace, and Michael Wilson, Madison and Makenzie Probert; Owen and Gavin Lipinski; sister-in-law Sally (Bill) O’Neal of Odessa, TX; brothers-in-law John (Therese) Baldwin of Ismay, Bill Mitchell of Miles City, George Ciampa of Torrance, CA; numerous nieces, nephews, and step great grandchildren, nieces, nephews. Bob will be missed also by his special family at Highgate Senior Living.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 5, 2012 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Interment will be held at a later date. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, memorials may be made in Bob’s name to the First Presbyterian Church in Miles City, or the Big Sky Honor Flight Program, P.O. Box 80201, Billings, MT 59108.