David C. Norgaard, 85, passed away Aug. 27, 2023, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Tomah, WI. David was born Dec. 15, 1937, in Galesville, WI, to Joseph M. and Josephine A. Norgaard. He was a graduate of Melrose High School, class of 1955. After schooling, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Japan, Guam and Columbus, MS. On June 21, 1957, he married Barbara E. Churchill of Black River Falls, WI. They settled in Melrose, WI, where they raised their family. He worked at Norgaard Insurance Agency and clerked auctions for Northern Investment Company. During those years, David also worked as a school bus driver, rural mail carrier and volunteer firefighter. He was active in the Melrose Rotary Club and his church. In 2020, David and Barbara moved to La Crosse.

     David was on the first Melrose High School football team, and he played baseball as well. He liked sports at all levels. David enjoyed motorcycling with friends and family, but especially with Barb. Their activities through retreads traveling to various parts of the country was a highlight for them. He enjoyed deer hunting, building bird houses and attending his grandchildren’s many school activities.

     David is survived by his son, John (Jane) Norgaard of Melrose, WI, and daughter Lauren (David) LeBlanc of Black River Falls, WI. He was very proud of his grandchildren, Jaclyn Smith of Holmen, WI, J. Erik (Kasia) Norgaard of Plover, WI, Averi (Jordan) Talburt of Kilauea, HI, Alyson (Jordan) Ogren of Winona, MN, Andrew Clement of Cornell, WI, Alex Dechant of Eau Claire, WI, and Austin Dechant of La Crosse, WI; six great-grandchildren and eight nieces and nephews. 

     Along with his parents, David is preceded in death by his wife Barbara, sister Elaine (Bill) Sawyer of Melrose, sister Betty (Robert) Wyss of Black River Falls, WI, and brothers-in-law, cousins and friends.

     Visitation was held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023, at Torgerson Funeral Home, 408 N. Water Street, Black River Falls, WI, with a memorial service at 11 a.m., including military honors. There was a luncheon following at the Lunda Community Park lower shelter. A private family burial was held that afternoon at the Hardies Creek Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Ettrick, WI.  

     The family would like to thank the staff of Bethany Willows Assisted Living, the St. Croix Hospice and Tomah VA for their dedicated compassionate care. They ask that memorials be given to your favorite local charity in lieu of flowers.

     To leave words of comfort, encouragement or condolences. please visit www.torgersonfh.com.


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