Robert TorstensonRobert William Torstenson, 85, of Babbitt, passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at his home. Bob was born Nov. 15, 1924, in Two Harbors to Carl V. and Ellen (Bolander) Torstenson.
Robert William Torstenson, 85, of Babbitt, passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at his home. Bob was born Nov. 15, 1924, in Two Harbors to Carl V. and Ellen (Bolander) Torstenson.
He graduated from Two Harbors High School in 1943 and joined the Navy a week later. Bob served as a radioman from 1943 to 1946 in Okinawa and Hawaii during World War II. He returned to active duty, in Japan, during the Korean War, from 1950 to1952 as a communications technician.
Bob met the love of his life, Verna, in January 1947 and they were married on Sept. 3, 1948. Some of their fondest days were spent at their Kane Lake cabin with their three sons and extended family during the summers from 1958 to 1984.
Bob worked as a locomo- tive electrician for the DM&IR Railroad in Two Harbors from 1946 to 1963 and at Reserve Mining in Babbitt from 1963 to 1983. He also had his own business, Babbitt Electric, for a number of years.
He was a caring, loving man with a Will Rogers demeanor, able to strike up friendships with complete strangers anywhere. His grandchildren were cons- tantly amused by his quirky humor and comedic tales of his youth.
Some of Bob’s favorite activities over the years included archery, fishing, waterskiing, and reading World War II profiles and histories.
He was a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Babbitt and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1539 of Babbitt. He was a Sunday School and confirmation teacher, and library reading volunteer.
He is survived by his bride of 61 years, Verna; sons Roger (Karen) of Springfield, Va., Gary (Mary) of Beatty, Nev., and James (Anne) of Roths- child, Wis.; grandchildren David, Daniel, Deanna, Derek, Bethany, and Lydia; and one sister, LaVerne (Roy) Penttila of Babbitt.
A memorial service was held April 24 at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Babbitt with Pastor Daniel Johns officiating. Military rites were performed by VFW Post 1539 of Babbitt.