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Tom Bjorge

September 26, 1943 — October 6, 2023

Little Falls

In Loving Memory of Tom Bjorge:

Keith "Tom" Bjorge, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, peacefully passed away on October 6, 2023, at the age of 80 at his home in Little Falls. Born on September 26, 1943, in Crookston, Minnesota. Tom's presence brought joy and laughter to all those who were fortunate enough to know him.

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A celebration of Tom’s extraordinary life will take place on Saturday, October 14, at 11:00 A.M. at Faith Lutheran Church in Little Falls, Minnesota. Pastor Nate Bjorge, will officiate, followed by interment at the Faith Lutheran Church Columbarium. Friends and well-wishers are invited to pay their respects and share memories at the visitation on Friday, October 13, from 4:00-7:00 P.M. at Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls and on Saturday at the church starting at 9:30 A.M.

After graduating from Mahnomen High School in 1961, Tom attended Aakers Business College in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where he obtained a business degree in Sales and Marketing. He entered into sales with Rydell Chevrolet in Grand Forks before ultimately finding his true calling at Larson Boats in Little Falls. As the vice president of sales, Tom dedicated four decades to the company, leaving an indelible mark on the industry. On June 20, 1964, Tom sealed his lifelong commitment to Sandy Gunderson in a loving union at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bejou, Minnesota. In 1969, they pursued their dreams and settled in Little Falls, Minnesota, where they built a beautiful life filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories. Their journey was graced by the blessings of three children: Tim, Troy, and Karla. In 1991 Tom and Sandy moved to Lake Alexander. Tom's zest for life was evident in his numerous passions and hobbies. They loved spending time on the lake in their treasured home. He enjoyed golfing with friends, bowling, and embarking on hunting and fishing adventures with his beloved family and friends. Tom certainly lived each day to the fullest. His joy extended to Minnesota sports, he was a huge Vikings, Wild, Twins and Gopher fan. A favorite sports memory was attending the 7th game of the 1987 World Series with his two sons. He enjoyed the simple task of tending to his lawn and would often be found visiting with his neighbors while sitting on his tractor. As a proud and loving grandfather, Tom found immense happiness in cheering on his grandchildren at their various activities. His presence radiated pride and love as he supported his grandchildren, including Kayla Rae, Austin, Landon, Nolan, Ella, Tauer, Peyton, and Dawson. Tom's impact extended beyond his family as he actively contributed to his community. He was a former member of the Lake Alexander Lake Association, LID Committee and  the Jaycees. Tom served on the church council at Bethany Lutheran in Cushing, where he and Sandy were members for over 30 years. Tom left traces of generosity and dedication wherever he went. After returning to Little Falls in 2022, his spiritual home was Faith Lutheran, where his faith blossomed and he found solace in the presence of his community.

Tom  will forever be remembered for his kindness, infectious smile, warm heart, and unwavering love for his family. His legacy lives on through his devoted wife of 59 years, Sandy Bjorge, his children, Tim (LaRae) Bjorge, Troy (Shannon) Bjorge and Karla (Bjorge) Carr; grandchildren, Kayla Rae (Austin) Schmolke, Austin (Megan Sundstrom) Bjorge, Landon  (Kate Foehrenbacher) Bjorge,  Nolan Bjorge, Ella Bjorge, Tauer Morrison, Peyton Carr, Dawson Carr; great-grandchild, Jaida Schmolke and the extended Gunderson and Bjorge families. His memory will be cherished by countless friends and loved ones whose lives he touched throughout his journey.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Irene and Roy Gilbertson; in-laws, Oscar and Gyda Gunderson and other close family and friends.

 In memory of Tom the family will be setting up a memorial/ scholarship in his name.


Emblom Brenny Funeral Service is Cherishing the Memory and Celebrating the Life of Tom.

 

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Friday, October 13, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

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Saturday, October 14, 2023

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