Nov. 30 obituraries: Taylor and Torgerson
November 29, 2005
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming … “Wow, what a ride!”This was how Milo Taylor lived his life.Milo, our loving husband, father and friend, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends at the age of 52. Born in Minnetonka, Minn., and an 18-year resident of Truckee, Milo skidded broadside to a less painful place on Nov. 20 after a year-and-a-half battle with liver cancer.Milo is survived by his wife, Ginger, and son, Michael, of Truckee; sister Sharon and Paul Anderson of Oregon; brother Paul and Mary Taylor of Minnesota; sister Julie and Russ Ring of Minnesota. He is also survived by his father-in-law Merton DeBoer of Austin, Minn.; in-laws LaVonne and Phil Jackson, Frances DeBoer, Hope and Tom Wurster, Hal and Sara DeBoer, Holly Allen and Sid DeBoer, as well as many nieces and nephews.M.C. Taylor Construction, Inc. was Milo’s passion. He loved building and it showed in his houses. He was a well-respected builder and successful businessman. Milo took an active role in his son Michael’s sports by coaching basketball and baseball teams. He recently retired as the president of the Truckee Babe Ruth Baseball due to his health. He loved his golf and was able to play two rounds of golf a month ago on a trip to Maui with his family.There will be a celebration of Milo’s life for family and friends on Dec. 2, from 69 p.m., at Madigan’s Grille & Tavern at 10534 Cold Stream Road in Truckee. Everyone is welcome to stop by.Melva TorgersonMelva Torgerson passed away peacefully on Nov. 22. She was surrounded by her family with love, tenderness and respect for a life that touched them in so many ways.She was born Melva Tolen on Dec. 13, 1921, in Sparks, Okla., the second of eight children. She came to California with her family in the 1930s and lived in the Central Valley for the remainder of her life.Melva was preceded in death by her son, Richard Brewer, and her first husband, George Ray Brewer. She is survived by her children Jim Brewer, Darlene Hegwer, Ramona Delmas and Kari McCauley, her second husband Mayo Torgerson, nine grandchildren, two stepchildren, two foster children, and eight great-grandchildren.Melva was a successful business woman. She and her husband owned and operated the Ski Inn Lodge in Norden for several years. Melva’s love and regard of family and community were evident in her everyday life. This extended beyond her immediate family circle and was evident in her care for her foster children and for her friends.Her family will miss her. Their love will be with her eternally.A visitation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 58 p.m. at the Brusie Funeral Home. Graveside services will be conducted in the Chico Cemetery on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. Donations in Melva’s memory can be made to the local Alzheimer’s Association (www.alznorcal.org).