Ardell “Ardie” C. Torud


Ardell Charles Torud, 82, of Holmen, and formerly of Whitehall, passed away, with family by his side, Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.

Ardell was born June 28, 1941, in Whitehall. He married the love of his life, Patricia, June 20, 1959, in La Crosse. Ardie and Patty were blessed with 61 years of marriage, four children, 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren arriving this summer, and a life full of wonderful memories. Ardie took great pride in his family, faith and friends.

Ardie farmed for many years, then transitioned to factory work from which he retired in 2007. Ardie and Patty attended an incredible amount of activities and sporting events throughout the years. Ardie could always be counted on to update anyone on sports, whether it be high school, college or professional teams. Ardie’s fastpitch softball career led him to develop many friendships and create great memories. He and his family spent countless days and nights at the local ballparks.

Those left to cherish Ardell’s memory include his children; grandchildren; daughter, Pamela (Michael) Thompson and grandchildren Tyler (Haley) and Alexis; daughter, Paula (Joseph) Carty and grandchildren Adam, Macy, and Aaron (friend Gabby Lewis); daughter, Penny (Thomas) Beers and grandchildren Brooklyn, Brynn, and Branson; and son, Aaron (Karen) Torud and grandchildren Mitchell (Hannah) and Bridget. He is also survived by brother, Michael (Rachel) Torud; brothers-in-law: Kenneth Giese, Roger (Barbara) Kjos, David (Sandy) Kjos; and many nieces and nephews.

Ardie was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Torud; parents, Milo and Helen Torud; sister, Marlys Giese; father and mother-in-law, Paul and Florence Kjos; brothers-in-law: Spencer Kjos and Gerald Kjos; niece, Tammy Zanter; and great nephew, Adam Zanter.

A service will be held Sunday, February 11, 2024, at 2:00 p.m., at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Whitehall. Visitation for family and friends will be from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Ardell’s family wants to express their appreciation of care to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse and La Crescent Health Services.

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