Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at First Baptist Church in Marlin, with the Rev. Eric Moore officiating. Burial followed at Waite Cemetery in Reagan.
Mr. Togerson was born April 19, 1923, in Beeville to Henry Thomas and Corine Thames Torgerson. He graduated from A.C. Jones High School in 1941. He then attended John Tarleton Junior College in Stephenville, graduating in 1943 as a member of the ROTC. On June 4, 1943, he was inducted into the U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston. As a member of the 91st Division, he was shipped to Africa and then to Italy. He served there in two campaigns and received two battle stars and the Bronze Star. He was a combat rifleman and a radio operator, serving in the Army from 1943 to 1945.
Following the war, he returned to college, graduating from North Texas State with a bachelor of science degree in industrial arts and a master of science degree. At North Texas, he was a member of Alpha Chi and Phi Delta Kappa.
He married Ruth Ann Davison of Reagan on June 24, 1950. He taught school for two years in Mississippi, then came to Marlin and taught 31 years in all. He taught shop, drafting and history and later was teacher of Industrial Cooperative Training, known as ICT in the vocational department. He was a member and a deacon of First Baptist Church of Marlin and taught a men’s Sunday school class. He was a member of the Marlin Noon Lions Club and served a term as president. He also owned a furniture restoration shop.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Ruth Ann Torgerson; two daughters, Carolyn (Keith) Hiatt of Greensboro, N.C., and Janet (Shane) Sanders of Waco; a son, Don (Audrey) Torgerson of Keosauqua, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Matthew Hiatt, Stuart Sanders, Andrew Hiatt, Daniel Sanders, Susannah Sanders, Kim Crucean, Richard Claypoole and Michelle Tucker; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Burnett (Gaynell) Torgerson of Corpus Christi; and numerous nieces, nephews, one great-nephew and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jeralde Torgerson.
Pallbearers were Matthew Hiatt, Andrew Hiatt, Stuart Sanders, Daniel Sanders, Dr. James Cathey, Dr. James Bryan, Michael Milnes and Jim Woliver.
Honorary pallbearers were the deacon body of First Baptist Church, all members of the Marlin Noon Lions Club and Charles Ray Evans.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Marlin, Marlin Noon Lions Club, Marlin Public Library or The Allen House.
Arrangements were under the direction of Adams Funeral Home.