Obituary: Robert M. Torgerson Jr.
Robert M. Torgerson Jr.
Robert M. (Bob) Torgerson Jr. peacefully passed away at Cottage in the Meadow the morning of Sept. 29, 2018. Bob was born in Sidney, Mont., on Oct. 22, 1940. He was the oldest son of Robert M. and Alice M. (Goodson) Torgerson. He was raised on a farm north of Dooley, Mont., until the family moved into town when he was 13. He graduated from Plentywood High School in 1958. Bob enlisted in the service in 1959 and had an honorable discharge in 1967. He went to work for the Bureau of Reclamation and later was the Watermaster in George for the Quincy Columbia Basin Irrigation District.
In 1978, Bob met Judy Leader and they married in 1981. In 1986, they moved to Moxee, where Bob bought a mobile dimension saw to work with his uncle in the wood industry. In the mid ’90s he went to work for Sun Royal/D&M Chemical, which led to driving truck for CJF Trucking. Being in the truck hauling fruit was one of his favorite activities.
Throughout the years Bob endured many health problems, but he always managed to bounce back. The hardest thing he had to do was give up his CDL and quit driving truck.
He was able to make his last trip to Montana in July of this year for a family reunion and a 60th year class reunion. He was the happiest playing cards and loved going to the casino.
Bob is survived by his wife, Judy; daughter Alice Torgerson, of Prineville, Ore.; son Marty Leader, of Union Gap; two grandsons Kyle and Ryan Leader, of Yakima; brother Otto Torgerson, of Antelope, Mont.; brother Bill (Teri) Torgerson, of Moses Lake; and sister Jo Ann (Larry) Garrick of Plentywood. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a nephew and a niece.
The family would like to thank the staff of Cottage in the Meadow for their wonderful care and compassion during Bob’s short stay, Dr. Carl Olden of Pacific Crest Medicine and Suzanne Ramm at the Yakima Heart Center.
Graveside services were held on Saturday, Oct. 6,, 2018, at West Hills Memorial Park. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.lepfuneral.com.