LAKE PLACID - Kenneth Rollie Torrance, 96, passed away March 20, 2012, at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.
He was born April 28, 1915, in North Elba, the son of Rollie C. and Charlotte (Cram) Torrance. Mr. Torrance attended North Elba District School #4 (country school) from first through eighth grade, Lake Placid High School from ninth to 12th grade, class of 1933, Northeastern University earning his B.S. in Mechanical engineering in 1939, and UCLA professional course in physical meteorology in 1933, and he spent most of his life in the sale, manufacture and repair of heavy construction equipment.
He was a World War II veteran, serving as an intelligence officer with the 8th Air Force in England. He also served as Army ordnance inspector (tanks), and instructor in Advanced Armament School. He retired from active duty in 1945, and held commission of captain in the Reserves. Ken was a 75-year member of the Lake Placid Lodge #834, Free and Accepted Masons since 1936, a Master in 1948, member of Lake Placid American Legion Post 326, a life member of Reserve Officers Association of the U.S., life member 385th Bomb Group Memorial Society, former member of the Lake Placid Board of Education 1948-1953, former charter member of the Lake Placid Lions Club 1939-1952, former member of the Lake Placid Grange #1141, former member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, former member of American Institute of Mining Engineers and in 2009 won the Alumni Award.
He married Margaret "Peggy" Shaw on Feb. 26, 1946; she passed away July 30, 1982. Ken and Peggy had four children: Scott Peter Torrance and his wife Catherine of Lake Placid; Rollie Clark Torrance and his wife Geraldine of Lake Placid; Timothy Shaw Torrance and his companion Cindy Young of New Mexico; and Pamela Jane Green and her husband B. Gordon Jr. of Thornwood. Mr. Torrance married Rita Porter Dunn on Oct. 5, 1990; she died on Feb. 20, 2005 and had two sons: James Dunn and Thomas Dunn. He also had eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Calling hours were held March 23, at the M.B. Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid. An American Legion prayer service was also held at the funeral home, followed by a Masonic prayer service. A funeral service followed at the funeral home. The Rev. John Martin, pastor of the Adirondack Community Church, officiated. Burial will be in the North Elba Cemetery at a later date at the convenience of the family.