Duane Toren (1957 - 2014)

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Duane Garret Toren Jr.

Ronan, MT —Duane Garrett Toren, Jr. passed away at his home, Monday, May 5th, 2014. He was born to Duane and Ellen (Habets) Toren on May 22nd, 1957 in Choteau. He attended grade school in Valier and graduated from Choteau High School in 1975. He joined the Air Force and was stationed at Lackland Air Force base and joined the Montana Air National Guard once discharged. He attended college at Northern Montana College in Havre and graduated with a degree in mechanics. He was an accomplished mechanic and most recently worked at Pierce's in Ronan.

Duane was a loving, kind, generous man who had no enemies. He never judged people and loved everyone for who they were. He was his children's greatest fan. He not only escorted his daughters to prom but was there for those who didn't have one of their own. He had a great love for the outdoors, horses, hunting, rodeo, and O-Mok-See with family and friends, and being the camp chef. He always had a way of making everyone around him feel special. He had a nick-name for all of his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and always showed up with candy in his pocket.

He was the oldest of the five brothers. He was always their leader growing up. They loved each other no matter what happened in their lives and how far apart they lived. Even when distance carried them apart, they remained each others best friend. Anyone who knew the Toren brothers knew that when they were together and reminiscing, each story was louder and better than then last.

He is survived by his wife Jennifer, 9 beautiful children, Jenny (Shane) Broesder, Gina (Brian) Mennig, Justin Toren, Jessica (Kolby) Bobick, Tonya & Tara Toren, Colton Toren and stepchildren Ciara and Gavin Roberts. He is also survived by his grandchildren Blake, Kori, Kamden, David, Keira, Kiyah, Taylor, Gabriel and Abel. His parents Duane and Ellen, brothers Lennie (Patty), Rorrie (Mary), Wade (Kelly), Dan (Suzette) VandenBos, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be held at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Fort Shaw on Saturday, May 10th @ 1:00pm.

"Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway." John Wayne

Funeral Home
Shrider-Thompson Funeral Service
419 Round Butte Rd W Ronan, MT 59864
(406) 676-4461
Funeral Home Details
Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 7, 2014
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