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Norman Eugene Torrey

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WORLAND, Wyo. -- Norman Eugene Torrey passed away peacefully Thursday, July 1, 2004, at Washakie Memorial Hospital with his family at his side. He was 81. Norman was born in Williamstown, Mass. on Jan. 31, 1923, the second son of Chauncey Edwin Torrey and Maude (Harrison) Torrey. Norman received his formal education in Williamstown. Prior to World War II, in February 1941, he enlisted in the Navy. During W.W.II, he served as a radio operator and gunner in PBY Catalina flying boats. He participated in combat operations at Midway Island, the Solomon Islands, the Marianas Islands and the Philippine Islands. In the invasion of Okinawa, his flying boat squadron took part in air/sea rescue operations. During the Korean War, Norman served as a radar controller in an early warning squadron based on the aircraft carriers USS Princeton, and USS Shangri-La. It was at this time in his life he met and married his wife of 53 years, Elsie Andrews, of San Diego, Calif. Norman and Elsie were married on June 16, 1951 at Las Vegas, Nev. After Korea, Norman was stationed at various mainland naval bases including Whidbey Island, Washington, Miramar, North Island and Imperial Beach, all in San Diego. He retired from the Navy as a chief petty officer after 20 years of active service.

In 1961 he went to work for Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of San Diego as a data processor in computer operations. Norman retired from Home Federal in 1985 as an assistant vice president in loan service. He and Elsie moved to Worland where he enjoyed his favorite pastimes - fishing, hunting, woodworking and gardening. Norman is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Jane Sharkey; and his mother-in-law, Marie Tinar.

Norman is survived by his wife Elsie of Worland; two sons, Michael of Havre, Mont., and Stephen of Cody; a daughter Susan and son-in-law, Duane Kuperus, of San Diego; two grandsons, Patrick Torrey of Worland and Cameron Torrey of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two brothers, Edwin (Pauline) Torrey of Bennington, Vt. and Richard Torrey of Williamstown, Mass.; and one nephew, Joseph (Mary Ann) Sharkey of Houston.

He will be sorely missed by his many friends and family in Wyoming, California, and New England. A graveside military rite will be held at Riverview Memorial Gardens in Worland on Friday, July 9, 2004 at 10 a.m. Worland VFW and American Legion are in charge of military honors. Cremation has taken place. Norman’s final resting place will be in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Point Loma overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Washakie Medical Center in care of Bryant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 524, Worland, WY 82401.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 9, 2004
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