Archive for Thursday, December 20, 2001

Earl A. Torneden


December 20, 2001

Services for Earl A. Torneden, 97, Baldwin, were Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Torneden died Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born Sept. 22, 1904, in Eudora, the son of Herman C. and Elizabeth (Haas) Torneden. He graduated from the Williams Institute of Mortuary Science in Kansas City, Kan., in 1930.

Mr. Torneden was a retired embalmer and funeral director. He worked at Schubert Funeral Home in Lawrence from 1928 to 1932 and then worked for Funk Mortuary in Lawrence from 1932 to 1949. Both mortuaries were the predecessors of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

On Dec. 15, 1949, he became owner of Torneden Funeral Home in Pleasanton. He operated the business with his son until he sold it and retired in 1984. He later moved to Baldwin, where he lived until his death.

He was formerly a member and elder in First Presbyterian Church in Pleasanton. He was currently a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lawrence, Palmyra Lodge No. 23 of Baldwin, Eureka Lodge No. 88 of Pleasanton, the Scottish Rite Bodies of Fort Scott and the Mirza Shrine of Pittsburg. He also was a former member of the National and Kansas Funeral Directors Assns., Pleasanton Rotary Club and Pleasanton I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 65.

Mr. Torneden received the Paul Harris Fellow Award given by the Pleasanton Rotary Club. He served as treasurer of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce from 1952 to 1984. He received his 50 Years in Funeral Service Award from the Kansas Funeral Director's Assn. in 1980.

He married Olga Ruf on Oct. 20, 1934, in Kansas City, Mo. She died Jan. 31, 1980.

Survivors include two grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.

His son, Wayne Torneden, died May 24, 1994.

The family suggests memorials in his name to Trinity Lutheran Church, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Online condolences and memorials may be sent to, subject: Torneden.

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