E. Silas Torvend 1921 - 2015 We give thanks to God for the life of the Reverend E. Silas Torvend, born on December 2, 1921, to Silas and Emma Torvend in Silverton, Oregon. He died on April 17, 2015, in Tacoma. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Palmer and Agnes. He is survived by his wife, Alice; his sisters, Eunice and Olga; his son, Samuel (Sean Horner); his daughter, Rebecca (Frank Rainsberger); his beloved grandson, Rex Torvend Rainsberger; and many nieces and nephews. A graduate of Silverton High School, he received the B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University (1947) and M.Div. from Luther Seminary (1950). He was ordained a Lutheran pastor in 1950 and served parishes in Puget Island, Burlington, Cupertino (CA), North Hollywood (CA), Lakewood, Burien, and Tacoma. He served as a regent of California Lutheran University, board chair of Lutheran Social Services in Northern California, and was a trainer in Stephen's Ministry. His was recognized by the Lutheran World Federation for his ability to guide flourishing parishes by sending European pastors and bishop to observe his use of organizational methods. And yet he was best known for his warm and magnanimous personality, his open welcome to friend and stranger alike, his resistance to judgmental forms of Christian faith, and his abiding respect for the lives of others. Friday, April 24, at 7:00 pm: Vigil with sharing of memories at Gaffney Funeral Home in Tacoma; Saturday, April 25, at 1:00 pm: the Holy Communion at St. Mark's Lutheran Church by the Narrows in Tacoma, followed by burial at Dunn Cemetery in Mossyrock WA. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends gifts to the Silas and Alice Torvend Scholarship at PLU; Faith Action Network of Seattle; St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Tacoma. Blessed be his memory among us. Please leave online condolences at www.gaffneycares.com
. Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.
Published by News Tribune (Tacoma) on Apr. 21, 2015.