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Willis Smith

October 20, 1927 to February 2, 2016

Willis Edward Smith, 88, Sherwood, died Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at his home.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 6, 2016, at St. James Catholic Church, Sherwood. Burial was in the Sherwood Union Cemetery.

Recitation of the Rosary was held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 5, 2016, at the church.

Officiating at the services was Father Adam Maus. Soloist was Mary Benning, and organist was Teresa Ulrich.

Casketbearers were Jacob Smith, Will Smith, Ethan Southam, Seth Southam, Kirk Smith, Austin Smith, Chad Weigelt, Jason Weigelt, Justin Weigelt, and Tony Smith.

Willis was born October 20, 1927 in Prosperity Township, west of Sherwood, a son of Leo and Anne (Kuhl) Smith. He was raised on a farm near Sherwood and attended country school near there.

He married Anna Armstrong on November 3, 1947. He farmed for many years in Hamerly and Colquhoun Townships of Renville County. In addition to farming, he raised and showed quarter horses. He also drove a school bus for Sherwood School for 49 years. In addition to regular routes, he also drove basketball teams to numerous games. He retired from bus driving in 2005. Anna died October 28, 1985.

Willis married Helen (Berg) Berland on June 23, 1989. He retired from farming in 1991 and they moved into Sherwood in 1994.

He was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Sherwood, and served as a parish council member. He was a member of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association, Border Saddle Club, and served as the Hamerly Township Assessor. He kept track of temperature and precipitation data for the State and also called in local temperatures to KFYR and KXMC. He received a plaque from the North Dakota Highway Patrol for one million miles of accident-free bus driving. He enjoyed hunting, woodworking and golfing.

Willis is survived by his wife, Helen Smith, Sherwood; children, Linda (Robert) Whetter, Minot, JoAnn (Rick) Weigelt, Linton, Jim (Doris) Smith, Bismarck, Jeff (Trichele) Smith, Randy (Robbie) Smith, Mark Smith, Trudi (Blaine) Southam, all of Sherwood, Tracy (Mike) Vig, Mohall; stepson, Gary (Donna) Berland, Minot; 20 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and nine step-great-grandchildren; siblings, Leonard (Ione) Smith, Sherwood, Lorine Fedje, Mandan, Jerry (Carol) Smith, West Fargo, Judy (Ken) Coman, St. George, UT; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Anna; brother and sister-in-law, Clayton and Norma Smith; sister, MaryAnn Haskins; and brother-in-law, Richard Fedje.

(Brose Funeral Home, Mohall)

Henry Skordal

March 5, 1918 to February 5, 2016

Henry Benton Skordal, passed peacefully, Friday, February 5, 2016.

Loved ones will celebrate his amazing life this Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home in Springdale, Arkansas. They attended the First United Methodist Church in Springdale for many years.

Henry was the third child of Bernard and Hannah Anderson Skordal. Born in Mohall, North Dakota, he attended Mohall High School and attended NDAC, in Fargo. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Stockton Field, California. It was there in the summer of 1942, that he married Claudia L. Dandliker, the love of his life.

He accepted a position with the U.S.G.S. Topographic Division. He was assigned surveying and mapping in the mid-continent region, and after doing that for 34 years, settled in Springdale, Arkansas in 1971. After retirement, Henry did contract mapping assignments for Arkansas Western Gas.

An avid hunter and fisherman, “Hank”, was blessed with many such experiences through his life. Favorites were the Pacific Northwest, Canada, Alaska, and Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The most loving husband, father, and friend, he will be greatly missed. His spirit will live on in his wife, Claudia, daughter, Rochelle A. Bruce, son, James B. Skordal, all of Springdale; and daughter, Sharon P. Tulli, of Indianapolis, Indiana. Also, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

Doris Allen

November 18, 1934 to February 2, 2016

Doris Allen, 81, Grand Forks, formerly of Mohall, died Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at a Grand Forks care center.

Her funeral service was held on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., at Zion Lutheran Church, Mohall. Burial was in the Mohall Community Cemetery. A family service was held on Monday, February 8, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., at the church.

Officiating at the services was Pastors Eugene and Marilyn Moeller. Organist was Vonda Schmidt.

Casketbearers were: Eric Allen, Katherine Dunham, Kristen Allen, Andrew Allen, Ryan Allen, and Sean Allen.

Doris was born November 18, 1934, in McCanna, to Arthur and Mae (Stiles) Hawkinson. Doris grew up in the Inkster and Park River area and graduated from high school in Park River. She then received training as a Laboratory Technician in Minneapolis prior to moving to Mohall.

She married William Burke Allen, in Mohall, on August 15, 1954. They had two sons, Jon (1955) and Robert (1957). She worked as a laboratory technician at Renville Bottineau Memorial Hospital in Mohall until her retirement. During her career she also became trained as an x-ray and ECG technician and performed those duties at the hospital as well. Bill died January 19, 2015.

Doris was a member of United Methodist Church, Mohall. While her children were growing up, she served as a Den Mother for their Cub Scout dens and made sure she was always home for them after school. She had a generous heart and enjoyed volunteering at church and school events as well as other local hobby clubs. She and Bill enjoyed vacationing with their boys at Detroit Lakes, MN, and traveling to visit their relatives. She was especially fond of visiting her sister, Judy, and family in California and Missouri, and her brother, Don, and family in Fargo and Arizona.

Survivors include her sons, Dr. Jon (Rose) Allen, Grand Forks, and Robert (Sandy) Allen, Minot; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Judy Stephens, Lee’s Summit, MO; brother, Don (Marilyn) Hawkinson, Gold Canyon, AZ; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; and brothers, Arthur, Jr. and Dean.
(Brose Funeral Home, Mohall)

January Deaths
Teresa Kinney, 60, Tolley, ND, died Friday, January 1, 2016, in a Minot hospital.

The Reverend Raymond A. Aydt passed away on January 5, 2016, at St. Vincent’s Continuing Care Center, Bismarck, at the age of 94.

Caroline Brend, 99, Mohall, died Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at a Mohall nursing home.

Della E. Robey, 76, Grandview, MO, passed away January 17, 2016.

Marlin Jay Palmer, 79, Glenburn, died Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at a Minot hospital.

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December Deaths
Rita J. Noeske, 78, of Port Angeles, Washington, formerly of Mohall, North Dakota, passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 21, 2015 surrounded by her family at home.

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