November 30, 1930 ~ May 30, 2020

Born in: Denmark
Resided in: Torrance, CA

Tormod Andersen Sr.  passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday May 30, 2020 in Torrance, CA. Born in Kvaerndrup, Svendborg, Denmark, to Anders Peter Andersen and Laura Mathilde Andersen. At 89 years of age Tormod was a valued member of the community, a devoted husband of almost 50 years, loving father, grandfather, and a dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

A long time resident of the South Bay, Tormod is survived by his wife Jennie Sue Andersen, and their five children Suzanne (Aaron) Bonsall, Joanne (William) Zimmerman, Tormod (Christina) Andersen Jr., Marianne Andersen, and Peter (Melinda) Andersen. He and Jennie have eight grandchildren; Tormod Andersen III, Thomas Bonsall, William Anders Zimmerman, Maren, Luke, Evan, Kent and Matilda Andersen.

Prior to moving to the states Tormod was an apprentice sailor at 15, deciding the ocean was not for him, he then was trained as master tailor. Upon coming to the United States he continued to work as a tailor before joining the US Army, where he served in post WW II Germany as an intelligence officer. He was a Corporal and received an Army Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.

After his army service, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the country of his birth, after which he attended school in Utah with hopes of entering the medical profession. During summer break, he traveled Arizona where he began driving ambulances. He later entered The California College of Mortuary Science where he earned his diploma as a Funeral Director-Embalmer in 1965. Tormod enjoyed a rich career as a mortician for White & Day Funeral Chapels. He always took his work home as he lived above the Rice Mortuary for 16 years. He retired in 2000 and enjoyed taking care of his family, grandchildren, cooking, traveling with friends and family, as well as continued opportunities to serve in his church as a leader and missionary.

Services will be private due to COVID-19 restrictions. The family will be posting information regarding celebration of life on family Facebook pages. Condolences can be sent directly to the family or care of the Rice Center at 5310 Torrance Blvd.


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  1. candle 4Dear Andersen family:
    I know it’s been a rough ride for you for far too long.
    I also know how much Tormod meant to all of you.
    I can only imagine how much you will miss him.
    With love and grace for his soul and your comfort.

  2. candle 7Sorry for your families loss. My brothers Jon, Brian, and I wrestled with His son Tormod Jr. I remember hanging out and playing games at the mortuary .

    • We love Tormod and will miss him. He was a wonderful friend to Chris and then to me and then our kids. Always happy to see us and always greeted us with a smile and a wonslderful conversation. We are so grateful we got a chance to call him our friend.

  3. candle 7“Took his work home with him” ❤
    You all are so cute. Always so welcoming and sweet. I remember those days at the mortuary. Brother Andersen was so cheery and cracked jokes and gave great advice. I enjoyed being around him. Hugs to you.

  4. candle 7Dear Andersen Family,
    I’m so deeply sorry for your loss. Tormod was like a grandpa in away to me when I was young. I will miss his laugh that was so loud it would light up a room. He will be well missed. My love and prayers are with you and your wonderful family. I love y’all.

    Love Samantha Murphy

  5. candle 7Truly a kindred spirit! We loved him in the first 5 minutes we talked with him! Tusind tak for denne gong, Tormod!

    Love from Kirsten Klitgaard Moser

  6. Dear Andersen Family 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧
    Very Sorry To Hear The Loss Of Your Dear Husband, Dad and Grandpa . He Will Be Miss As He Always Had A Smile For Everyone and Made You Feel Welcomed. Many Blessings Be Yours With Comfort and Peace As Time Goes On. ⚘💕⚘💕

  7. candle 7Dear Jennie and Andersen Family,
    We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Tormod, your beloved husband, father, grandfather and all around great man. His monthly testimonies at church always inspired us and we always looked forward to hearing from him. Through all the years of knowing him, he always was kind, funny and genuinely concerned about others. Our children grew to love him and would speak very highly of him to this day. He was a great example of what a true disciple of Jesus Christ is. We will miss him and never forget him. May God be with you always as grieve the loss of such a wonderful man. Families are Forever💙❤️🙏🏻

  8. candle 4Dear Jennie and Family:
    Tormod was a special man and we have many fond memories of him and your family. We appreciated his hard work and love of the gospel. He was ready to help in any way he could. He always was a great example of a disciple of Christ! We loved his sense of humor and always appreciated it. He will be missed but we know he is busy on the other side of the veil doing missionary work! May God continue to bless you family and especially at this time of mourning! It is wonderful to know that you will be together forever!

  9. Dear Sis & Family,

    Our family was sorry to hear of Tormod’s passing. Afie and Amy both commented to me how much they liked Uncle Tormod. Tormod did have a great sense of humor and didn’t mind “pulling ones leg” a little. One story: He and Jennie married while I was serving a mission in Germany. I asked them about a wedding gift and Tormod responded that he would like a new Mercedes (He always liked nice cars, but that’s a different story). Well for once I got him good. I bought him a new matchbox Mercedes and wrote “Just Married” all over it, and so he got his wedding gift wish…sort of.

    I love him very much. I am so grateful that he came along to be my sister’s eternal companion.

  10. candle 4Dear Anderson family,
    I am so sorry for you loss. My heart goes out to the whole family. ❤️💐

  11. candle 5Love good ol’ Tormod. I remember he always had sticks of gum to get the children to him in church and always bore his testimony. I remember when there was a fire at the mortuary and he said call 119, which of course I got a kick out of when I heard that! I remember him at the ward camp out and running and diving into the pool like he was 20 years old. And I certainly remember how good his fruitcake was at Christmas time. Good man. Good family. Love you all.

  12. candle 1Dear Jennie and Family,

    I dont know if you remember me… I was a neighbor when you lived on Clark, I must have been about 5 years old. I remember playing with your children and I remember Tormod, he was a funny man. I went to church with your family a few times and I remember how kind your family was to me. I am so sorry for your loss.

    • I believe so. Thank you so much for reaching out. I’m so happy you have fond memories of Tormod and our family. I hope all is well with you and your family.

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