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Harlan Torbert

Harlan Howard Torbert, 83, died Friday, July 26, in Grass Valley.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services.



Mr. Torbert, also known as “Red” and “Bert,” was born July 23, 1919, in Munden, Kan. He married Pauline on March 16, 1942. He moved to Grass Valley in 1937 after graduating from high school in Munden. He worked for the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad as manager, store door delivery, until its last run on July 25, 1942.

He moved to Vallejo, where he worked at the naval shipyards prior to entering the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving from April 1943 until September 1945. He returned to Grass Valley and worked for Pacific Motor Trucking Co., retiring in 1979. He enjoyed camping and fishing. He was a member of the Grass Valley Rifle, Rod and Gun Club.




He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Pauline M. Torbert; daughter and son-in-law Paula S. Gust and Roy P. Gust Sr. of Orangevale; daughter and fiance Diana L. McLeod and Robert W. Kelly of Sacramento; sister and brother-in-law Opal Faye and Joseph Hall of Wichita, Kan.; cousin Ronny Pricer and wife, Wanda, of Grass Valley; grandchildren and grandchildren-in-law Roy P. Gust Jr. and Sharon Gust of Natomas, Harlan T. and Shanie Gust of Grass Valley, and Graydon H. and Deanna McLeod of Sacramento; great-grandchildren Zackary Gust of Grass Valley and Madicyn Gust of Natomas; and three step-grandchildren of Natomas. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, William L. Waterson, in 1942; and uncle Wayne L. Mulch in 1979.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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