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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Melvin "Mel" H. Torgerson
March 2, 1930 - May 21, 2021

Place of Birth: Williston, ND
Residence: Beulah, ND formerly of Sidney, MT
Age: 91

Melvin Harry Torgerson, son of the late Sophie and Harry Torgerson, was born on March 2, 1930 in Williston, ND. He grew up in Bainville, MT but did some traveling with his Dad’s construction company attending his freshman year of high school in Oklahoma. Melvin graduated from Bainville High School in 1948.

Melvin met the love of his life, his brown eyed beauty, Margaret Halvorson and they were wed on November 10, 1949. Their union was blessed with five children. They made their life in Bainville, MT with Melvin managing the grain elevator and Margaret keeping things running smoothly at home. He, along with a group of investors, eventually purchased the elevator and he continued to run it until he retired. With an almost empty nest, Margaret and Melvin purchased the Tastee Freeze in Culbertson, MT and renamed it M&M’s Place. They built and ran this wonderful business, a business known for their smiling faces, hometown feel, exceptional service, and locally famous broasted chicken, until they retired in 2004 and moved to Sidney, MT. This is where they made their home until Margaret’s passing in 2006. Melvin continued to reside in Sidney until he moved to Beulah, ND in 2014. He was residing at the Knife River Care Center at the time of his passing on May 21, 2021.

Family, faith, friends, sports, puzzles and cards were a few of the things that fulfilled Melvin’s life. Whether it was playing football in his younger years with his cardboard and leather helmet, reffing basketball, attending as many of his kids and grandkids events he could or watching his beloved Vikings on TV, sports were one of his favorite ways to spend his time. Anyone that knew Melvin knew he loved to do puzzles. He was so proud to have a gallery showing at the museum and an article in the newspaper showcasing the talent of “The Puzzler” in 2008. Pinochle and cribbage have been past times his whole life. It wasn’t a family get together without cards. He even had running tally’s of wins and losses with some family members; one of the many ways he constantly reminded everyone of his stubborn competitiveness stemming from his love for sports. However it wasn’t always about competition with Melvin, some of the best memories of playing cards with him were the witty comments and colorful stories mixed into the card game. Melvin thrived on socialization and could always find someone to listen to his stories of the past. If he wasn’t at home, you could find him playing cards at the senior center or socializing with coffee and donuts. The family values that Margaret and Melvin instilled on their children and grandchildren is unmatched. Torgerson family get togethers are always a loud, happy crowd and family always comes first. Faith was Melvin’s foundation. He was a very active Catholic in every community he lived: Bainville, Sidney and Beulah.

His beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of his children; Billie Lou (Chris Elder) Giese, Howard (Teri) Torgerson, Brent (Carrie) Torgerson, Brian (Kristy) Torgerson and Doug (Debra) Torgerson; his 11 Grandchildren; 13 Great-Grandchildren; a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, a brother-in-law, and friends.

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Mark & Sherry Anderson (Sidney, Mt)
May 28, 2021
Billie, &family we are very sorry for your loss
Billie jo (Fairview, Mt)
May 28, 2021
Loved him and he was a true inspiration
Frank and Kathy Loehding
May 29, 2021
Our sincere condolences on your loss.
David Torgerson (Globe, AZ)
May 30, 2021
Melvin was the sweetest of my Dad's (also Mel) brothers. The good don't always die young. I have absolutely no doubt that he is feeling so much love where he is now. May the family be comforted.
June (Torgerson) & Patrick Zeller (Seattle, WA)
May 30, 2021
Uncle Melvin so sweet, kind and thoughtful. So glad I got to visit with him several times later in life. I am sure he is very happy having joined the love of his life in heaven. To his large and sweet family so sorry for your loss.
Norine Roller Arneson (Culbertson , Mt)
May 31, 2021
My prayers and condolences for your loss. Our horse Roany, was bought from Melvin, who bought it from Bob Arneson, years ago ! The horse brought many happy years to all. Bless you and your family. Peace be with you !
June (Torgerson) & Patrick Zeller (Seattle, WA)
May 31, 2021
So sorry about Uncle Melvin's passing. Love him. He was so kind, generous and a cute sense of humor. So happy I was able to see him and spend some time with him in my older years.
Kay & gary harriger (Goldsboro, North Carolina )
Jun 1, 2021
Torgerson family. We are so sorry for your loss. May God hold you in his arms love to all kay & Gary
Kareen Torgerson (Renton , Washington)
Jun 1, 2021
Uncle Melvin was the sweetest, kindest, loving person I ever met. I am so thankful that I was able to spend some quality time with him during our visit to Beulah in 2016, as well as during the cousins reunion that he put together before then. I so enjoyed his monthly (and sometimes weekly) phone calls. His voice sounded so much like my dad’s (Melford). I will miss his calls checking on me and the family, but I know he is now in the presence of the Lord and with his beautiful bride. Love you, Uncle Melvin.
Craig Smith (Mandan, ND)
Jun 1, 2021
Brian and Torgerson family,

The obituary was a wonderful tribute and definitely reminds me of everything I remember about Melvin. His devotion to his family, sports, the school kids, was remarkable. And his professional business career at the elevator was essential to provide needed services to many, many farm families in our community.
I know this is the time to remember Mel, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention Margaret. I've been away from the community for many years now, so all my memories are of Melvin and Margaret together, including when Margaret babysat me, Brian and Doug when we were just little kids (darling well behaved kids, I'm sure!!). Anyway, at this time, I think of them both and glad they are reunited. Prayers with your family,

Craig Smith
Denny and Ruby Portra
Jun 2, 2021
No matter the circumstances it is always hard to lose those we love. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We Care.
Michelle Lambert (Sidney, MT)
Jun 2, 2021
Doug, Debra, Cole and Cade - our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cherish your wonderful memories. Love, The Lamberts
Terry Picard
Jun 2, 2021
Sorry to hear of Melvin's passing. He was a kind and pleasant man. Always up for a little conversation. My thoughts are with the family.
Adel LaCounte (Florence, Montana)
Jun 4, 2021
Torgersons babysat a lot of us, sorry for your loss.
Beloved Father & Grandpa
Dave, June, Karen, Charlene, & Debra Torgerson
Scott, Stuart & Sonja
Al & Rayne Romo, Cindy & Henry Schroeder
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Cindy (Henry), Rayne (Al), Carrie (Brent) & Robin (Brian)