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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Mervin A Torgerson
January 22, 1927 - January 7, 2020

Place of Birth: Lambert, Montana
Residence: Lambert, Montana
Age: 92

Mervin Alvin “Alfonso” Torgerson was born to Martin & Anna (Jacobson) Torgerson in his parent’s home NW of Lambert, MT on January 22, 1927. He had several adventures as a child-falling from a water tank when he was a toddler, narrowly escaping a charging bull when he was 6, and sneaking into the Lambert elevator as a boy, and accidently riding the elevator shaft, with a friend, to the top, but they were too light to get back down. When his mother was having surgery, Mervin lived with his Uncle Arnold and Aunt Nellie Torgerson. He attended 1st grade near Fargo, ND. Then he attended Sunnybrook School near Lambert. His father placed him on a horse and pointed it towards the school. Later, he attended school in Lambert while living with the Carter’s, at times. Mervin graduated from Lambert High School in 1945.
Going over to the neighbors to borrow a cream can was Mervin’s excuse to get a date with the neighbor girl, Ardys Moen. Later, Mervin told his family he was going on vacation to see a friend in Kalispell, meanwhile Ardys snuck off by bus to Miles City. Mervin took a train to Miles City, where the couple eloped. On November 22, 1948, Mervin and Ardys were married in the Old Stone Church by the overpass in downtown Miles City.
Mervin and Ardys, and their first child, lived for a short time with his parents NW of Lambert. They later moved to their first home on the edge of Lambert. While living there, 6 more children were added to their family. Then they moved to “The Radke Place” NE of Lambert, where 4 more children were born. Mervin and Ardys raised 11 children, Mervin taught his kids things like, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, say nothing at all!” and “Jesus said, I am not as concerned about what goes into your mouth as what comes out of your mouth.” He also led his children to believe that they were the Great-Great-Great Grandchildren of Sitting Bull. Mervin was so convincing, they believed it for a long time, even though they knew they were 100% Norwegian. Mervin instilled in his kids a strong faith and that “Red, brown, yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight.” Yes, he was a man of few words, but taught his kids a lot. There were adventurous times on the farm as well, such as the time Mervin and his son Chris were trying to tag a calf when the cow knocked Mervin over and pinned him down, and he wound up with a broken arm.
Mervin was pretty much blind for the last several years, but no one would even know it, as he chased his kids down to get his “Weed Patch” mowed so he has a walking path to the feed shed and cow tank and he would still take the offering up at church. Mervin was still able to do “his chores” on December 26.
Mervin Passed away on January 7, 2020 at the Sidney Health Center surrounded by his family. On the evening of his passing, the latest member of the Torgerson Clan was born, a girl, Reagan Tescher.
Mervin is survived by his wife of 71 years, Ardys Torgerson; his 11 children, Larry of Sidney, MT, Glenn (Joy) of Billings, MT, Rodney (Cindy) of Sidney, MT, Myron (Julie) of Lambert, MT, Christopher (Susan) Torgerson of Lambert, Marilyn (Bryce) Witt of Sidney, MT, LaVonne (Henry) Snedigar of Great Falls, MT, Connie Mantei of Billings, MT, Cynthia Torgerson, of Fairview, MT, Rhonda (Todd) Thompson Of Williston, ND, and Naomi Torgerson (Dave) of Billings, MT, 29 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren, his brother Kenneth (Pat) Torgerson, and in-laws Lola Kemmis, Kenneth (Pat) Moen, Margaret (Don) Ligon, Linda (Lynn) Powers, and Irene Torgerson.
Mervin is preceded in death; by his parents, Martin and Anna Torgerson, his brother Burton Torgerson, nieces, Bronwyn Myer and Judy Reiman, brothers-in-law; Orlin Moen, Gilman Moen and Gary Moen, sisters-in-law; Clarice Waller, and Della Kemmis.

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Doreen Vaira-Herbert (Glasgow , MT)
Jan 7, 2020
I am sorry for your loss, may you find comfort in family & friends for the days ahead. Prayers for you all.
Craig & Kari Johnson (Sidney, MT)
Jan 7, 2020
So sorry to hear of your loss. He was a real asset to Lambert community.
Mary Leichner (Billings, MT)
Jan 8, 2020
Glenn and the Torgerson Family, my heart goes out to you during this difficult time of loss. May God's Grace shelter you with peace and comfort. I believe Mervin is at peace now in the heavenly home. May you continue to keep his memories alive in your hearts and mind forever. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.
Rev Cal Oraw (Des Moines, Iowa)
Jan 10, 2020
A fine Christian man who was in church every Sunday at First Lutheran. I am glad to have known him.
joann daeley (Miles City, Montana)
Jan 10, 2020
So sorry to hear about Mervin. He was a stead fast member of the Lambert community and will be missed by many. Sincere sympathy.
Ginger Jellum (Glasgow, MT)
Jan 10, 2020
So sorry to hear about your dad Rod. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless
Juanita and Jim Johnson (Sidney, Montana)
Jan 10, 2020
So sorry to hear this news. Enjoyed his sense of humor so much. May the memories comfort you.
Toots McColloigh (Billings , Montana)
Jan 11, 2020
Ardys and Family,
I know you are all just heartbroken losing Mervin. He was a good man, husband, father and grandfather. May your memories of him be wonderful treasures you share with the next generations. Gone but not forgotten. Prayers and hugs. Thinking of you all today.
Colleen Johnson (Corpus Christi, TX)
Jan 12, 2020
Prayers for your family.
Linda Strand Howard
Jan 16, 2020
I was so sorry to read of the passing of your husband and father. He was such a nice man, and I distinctly remember him taking up the collection at church! Our condolences, the Strand Family
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