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Olaf G. Borge(1920 - 2012)

Pastor Olaf G. Borge, 92, of Great Falls, a retired Lutheran pastor, died on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 of natural causes at a local care facility.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 from 4 to 8 p.m. at O'Connor Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church following a graveside service at Highland Cemetery at 9:30 a.m.

Olaf, son of Pastor Olaf and Sigrid Borge, was born Feb. 29, 1920, in Lawrence, Wash. He attended grade school in Rockdale, Wis., then four years at the Gale College Academy at Galesville, Wis. He graduated from Luther College at Decorah, Iowa with a B.A. degree in Greek. He graduated from Luther Seminary at St. Paul, Minn. with a Master of Divinity. He was ordained Feb. 11, 1945, at First East Koshkonong Lutheran Church, Cambridge, Wis. He served Lutheran congregations in: Sutton's Bay and Northport, Mich.; three congregations in the Westby, Mont. area; Shelby and Valier. Then after one year of Clinical Pastoral Education at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., he served as hospital chaplain for Lutheran Social Services of Montana at both hospitals in Great Falls.

Olaf married Sara Elisabeth Dixen at Como Park Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minn. on Sept. 24, 1944. Together they raised three sons: Kurt, Paul, and Michael. Sara died Nov. 4, 1975. Olaf married Lillian Klemm in 1976.

In addition to his years of Christian ministry, Olaf worked with Habitat for Humanity, as chaplain and Lieutenant Colonel for the Civil Air Patrol, and Alcoholics Anonymous. In retirement he was a volunteer visitation pastor for Our Redeemer Lutheran, and he taught English as a second language to many adults from other countries.

Olaf is survived by his sister, Margarethe Larson of Menno, S.D.; sons, Kurt Borge of Bozeman, Paul Borge of Victor, and Michael (Dorothy) Borge of Missoula; grandchildren, Karl (Robyn) of La Crosse, Wis. and Sarah (Cristian) of Missoula; and great-grandchildren, Kolter and Kaitlyn Borge.

Memorials may be made to Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, 603 Main ST, Kalispell, MT 59901 or Redeemer Lutheran Church, 332 Riverview 3W, Great Falls, MT 59404.

Thanks to best friend, Pete Mountan and for the support of Brandon Mountan and Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Condolences may be left online at www.oconnorfuneralhome.com.

Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 23, 2012
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