Obituaries for October 10, 2002

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 10, 2002

Jay W. Torgrimson, 60

Jay Winston Torgrimson was born June 4, 1942, to Lyle and May (Thorsten) Torgrimson in Austin, Minn. He passed away at his home on Oct. 8, 2002, after a very courageous battle with cancer.

He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Jay graduated from Austin High School in 1960. He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church.

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He married Charlene Peterson on Feb. 8, 1964, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. Jay and Char had three daughters, Barbara, Jaylene and Shannon. They were also blessed with six grandchildren, who he loved very much.

Jay worked for Hormel for 38 years and retired in November 1999. He then began a second career as a custom cabinet maker. Jay had finally found his true calling and enjoyed every minute he spent working in the shop.

Jay also was a member of the medic unit with the Army Reserves out of Rochester.

He is survived by his wife, Char; daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Marc Retterath, Rosemount, Minn.; Jaylene and Scott Winkels, Farmington, Minn.; and Shannon and Mike Mohn, Fridley, Minn.; six grandchildren, Katie and Allison Retterath, Alex and Zachary Winkels, Blake and Jenessa Mohn; mother-in-law, Thelma Peterson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dianne and Robert Maile, Marshalltown, Iowa; and Jerry and Sharon Peterson, Rosemount, Minn.; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many, many friends.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents, May and Lyle Torgrimson; brother, Teddy Torgrimson; grandchildren, Amanda Torgrimson-Branden and Jake Retterath; and father-in-law, Elmer Peterson.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Service: 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Austin.

Interment: Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin.

David H. Johnson, 64

David Harlan Johnson, 64, of Austin, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at Austin Medical Center emergency room.

He was born April 26, 1938, in Blooming Prairie, to Palmer and Ora (Hanson) Johnson.

He graduated from the Blooming Prairie High School in 1956 and attended the Austin Vocational-Technical School. He served in the United States Navy and was married to Patricia Anne Lightley on March 17, 1961, in Mason City, Iowa.

David worked as a mechanic for H&S Carburetor and Electric, L.C.L. Transit and A.B.F. Freight, retiring on Sept. 25, 1998.

He was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church and the Teamsters.

Survivors include wife, Pat Johnson, Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Brad Stout, Austin; sons and daughters-in-law, Ross and Mary Johnson, Rochester; Wade and Grace Johnson, Spring Valley; five grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Beverly and Joe Swenson, Blooming Prairie; Marlys and Richard Spinler, Austin; Hjordes and Bruce Ebling, Blooming Prairie; brother and sisters-in-law; Darrell and Mary Ann Johnson, Blooming Prairie; Sharon Johnson, Geneva; mother-in-law, Clarice Lightly, Austin; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Karen and Roger Kruger, Austin; Dean Lightley, Austin; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Marvin Dean; brother, Gale.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, at the funeral home and Saturday at the church for one hour before the service.

Service: 2 p.m., Saturday, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with the Rev. Roberta Flood officiating. Casket bearers will be Jody Johnson, Peter Kruger, Jon Kruger, Craig Spinler, Don Peterson and David Symes.

Interment: Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

Funeral Home: Clasen-Jordan Mortuary, Austin.