Olaf G. Borge, 1942
Volume 46, Number 3, Spring 2013 (5/01/13)
Olaf G. Borge, 1942
OLAF G. BORGE. Pastor Olaf G. Borge, 92, of Great Falls, a retired Lutheran pastor, died on Thursday, December 20, 2012, of natural causes at a local care facility. Visitation was Dec. 26, 2012, at O’Connor Funeral Home. Memorial services were held December 27, 2012, at Redeemer Lutheran Church following a graveside service at Highland Cemetery. Olaf, son of Pastor Olaf Borge (Luther Class of 1903) and Sigrid Borge, was born February 29, 1920, in Lawrence, Wash. He attended grade school in Rockdale, Wis., then four years at the Gale College Academy at Galesville, Wis. He graduated from Luther College at Decorah, Iowa, with a B.A. degree in Greek. He graduated from Luther Seminary at St. Paul, Minn., with a Master of Divinity. He was ordained Feb. 11, 1945, at First East Koshkonong Lutheran Church, Cambridge, Wis. He served Lutheran congregations in: Sutton’s Bay and Northport, Mich.; three congregations in the Westby, Mont., area; Shelby and Valier. Then after one year of Clinical Pastoral Education at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., he served as hospital chaplain for Lutheran Social Services of Montana at both hospitals in Great Falls. Olaf married Sara Elisabeth Dixen at Como Park Lutheran Church in St. Paul Minn., on Sept. 24, 1944. Together they raised three sons: Kurt, Paul, and Michael. Sara died Nov. 4, 1975. Olaf married Lillian Klemm in 1976. In addition to his years of Christian ministry, Olaf worked with Habitat for Humanity, as chaplain and Lieutenant Colonel for the Civil Air Patrol, and Alcoholics Anonymous. In retirement he was a volunteer visitation pastor for Our Redeemer Lutheran, and he taught English as a second language to many adults from other countries. He was a member of Heritage Club at Luther College. Olaf is survived by his sister, Margarethe Larson of Menno, S.D.; sons Kurt Borge of Bozeman, PAUL BORGE ‘68 of Victor, and MICHAEL BORGE ’68 (DOROTHY (ENGELIEN) BORGE ’68) of Missoula; grandchildren KARL BORGE ’96 (Robyn) of La Crosse, Wis., and SARAH BORGE ‘00 (Cristian) of Missoula; and great-grandchildren Kolter and Kaitlyn Borge. Memorials may be made to Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, 603 Main ST, Kalispell, MT 59901 or Redeemer Lutheran Church, 332 Riverview 3W, Great Falls, MT 59404. Thanks to best friend Pete Mountan and for the support of Brandon Mountan and Redeemer Lutheran Church.