In Memory of

Norris Everett Torbensen

April 9, 1941 - September 28, 2016
Norris Everett Torbensen, the son of Martin and Dagmar (Sorenson) Torbensen was born April 9, 1941, in Moorhead, IA. His childhood years were spent on a farm near Moorhead where he attended country school and graduate from Moorhead High School. After his schooling, Norris worked as a farm hand in Iowa and Nebraska. He was united in marriage to Hazel Moore on November 17, 1962 in Moorhead, IA. They moved to Cherokee, IA in 1971 and he worked for Love Tire Shop for 16 years. He then managed the Cherokee Firestone for four years, before working for R.J Thomas for many years until his retirement. Norris was a member of the First Church of Christ in Cherokee and the Red Power Tractor Club. He enjoyed attending to his flowers and waterfall in his back yard, tinkering with his 1958 Farmall tractor, and having his daily coffee time with his friends. Norris was also a wonderful wood craftsman and built intricate scale model wood toy tractors, cars, and machinery. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with friends and family. On September 28, 2016, Norris passed away at his residence. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Dagmar Svend, his wife Hazel Torbensen, two brothers, and one sister. He is survived by his two daughters, Julie (Scott) Sanford of Sioux City, IA, and Cindy (Dennis) Thorp of Meriden, IA; granddaughters, Rachel Sanford of Sioux City, IA, and Michelle (fiancé Gregg Johnson) Cobb of Peterson, IA; two great-granddaughters, Jenna and Kami Cobb of Peterson, IA; and other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the First Church of Christ in Cherokee, Iowa
Pastor Tom Lewis
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
"Just a Closer Walk With Thee" "It Is No Secret" "Why Me Lord"
Meriden Cemetery Meriden, Iowa


Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I have known NOrris since I was a little girl and he worked at Love Tire Shop. I had just said to my father the other day I wondered where he had been lately, Norris made a barn for my dad, a couple years ago. Also that day one of Norris's cars appeared on my dad's bed at the nursing home, and no one knew where it had come from. Norris would stop by my hearing aid office to chat and grab a hug every once in awhile. Had I known he was ill I would have come to visit, I just feel so bad. He was such a kind and decent man. But I bet he is happy to be back with his wife I know he missed her so.”
- Peg Hinkhouse
Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I am so glad Mom and I got to visit Norris last week. It's hard to say Goodbye to a loved one but I am happy they got to say theirs in person. Your family is in our prayers. I remember growing up in Scotia that Norris would take his 'vacation' and spend part of it at our house helping with handyman projects. ”
- Donald Smith
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you all.Norris will be missed so much.Will miss seeing him on his tractor.R.I.P.NORRIS”
- Amy Strahmann
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