Harmon Kendal Tornga

Harmon Kendal Tornga    Harmon Kendal Tornga, 55, passed away on April 3, at his home in Billings.
    His father, Ite Ethan Tornga, preceded him in death.
    Surviving him is his mother, Margaret W. Tornga, of Conrad; a daughter, Shara (Roger) Torres, of Redding Calif.; a son Cavan Tornga, of Sacramento, Calif.;  his brother George (Cheryl) Tornga, of Conrad; a sister Ite Kaye (Phil) Broesder, of Conrad; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    Harmon was born on Sept. 8, 1951 in Conrad, to Margaret and Ethan Tornga.
    He grew up at Gallup City, a small community southwest of Conrad.   Harmon was active in 4-H and church activities.
    He attended the Erickson Rural School until completion of grade 6 at which time the family moved to Conrad where he completed his elementary education.
    He attended Mt. Ellis Academy in Bozeman, where he earning his High School Diploma there.
    He was gifted with a monumental memory, always interested in learning, he absorbed and stored knowledge continually his entire life.
    He received a Bachelors Degree in Social Services from the Walla Walla, Wash.  Where he met and later married Laurel Ann Walla.
    They had two children, Shara Lynn and Cavan Leighton.
    Harmon attended University of Nebraska in Omaha and was awarded his Masters of Social Work.
    His career experiences included: hospital critical care counseling and family counseling, private practice and a position as Professor at University of California in Loma Linda.
Music was a large part of his family life and heritage and he delighted in it. He was most happy when the family all came together for jam sessions.
    Harmon was a gifted musician and could play most musical instruments. His love of guitar was great and his guitar was his constant companion. He had a beautiful voice and a talent for writing lyrics and music…he shared his music with a joyful, giving spirit.
    His love of God and his church remained strong throughout his life and gave him ample occasion for making a joyful noise!
    He returned to Montana and resided in Billings until his death.
    Services will be held on April 19 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Conrad.
    Memorials: are suggested to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 320  Broadwater Ave., Billings, MT or a charity of donor’s choice.