Joseph Edwin Torneden


Joseph Edwin Torneden, 59, of McFarland, Kansas, died Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Stormont-Vail Healthcare Center in Topeka, as a result of a motorcycle accident. He was a long-time resident of McFarland, Kansas.

Joe was born June 5, 1955, in Wamego, Kansas, the son of Jack and Patricia Fair Torneden. He attended local schools and graduated from Washington High School in Kansas City, Kansas. He then attended the Area Vocational Technical School in welding. He worked many years doing carpentry and construction for DNI in Manhattan and KCPNL in Kansas City among other businesses. Joe’s passion, however, was his music. He was the bass guitarist for the rock and roll band, T-Bone, and they toured around the state. He loved fishing and collecting Indian artifacts. Joe also was a volunteer fireman for the McFarland Volunteer Fire Department.

Joe is survived by his mother, Patricia, Kansas City; his children, Joseph Torneden II, Wamego, Jessica Boehle (Jason), Lawrence and Sara Berkholtz (John), Washington DC; step-son Michael Holstrom II, Savannah, Georgia; his siblings, Jay Torneden, Kansas City, Jill Salinas (Daniel), Kansas City, Julie Torneden, Richmond, Missouri; his grandchildren, Hunter, Riley, Cameron, Jewell, Mason, Jade and Evelyn. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Torneden, in 2009.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Monday, April 13, 2015, at Campanella-Gentry Funeral Home in Alma. Burial will follow at McFarland City Cemetery. Mr. Torneden will lie-in-state on Sunday beginning at 2:00 p.m. and the family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers they suggest memorial contributions to the McFarland Volunteer Fire Department and those may be mailed in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at

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