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Darrell I. Henry
1936-2014

Funeral services for Darrell Henry, age 78 of Westhope, were held on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Westhope. Officiating at the service was the Reverend Carol Wendel. Special music was provided by Jeremy Campbell and Jenna Marquardt. Ruby Berentson was the organist. Casket bearers were Jeff Campbell, Lee Lundberg, Jason LaFontaine, Sheldon Braaten, Chris Henry, Jason Henry, Jeremy Campbell, Justin Henry, Hunter Braaten, Walker Braaten, Regan LaFontaine, and Jett LaFontaine. Honorary casket bearers were all of Darrell's family and friends. Burial was at the Westhope Cemetery.
Darrell was born on January 26, 1936 to Howard and Ethel Arlene (Convis) Henry. He was raised on the family farm south of Westhope. He graduated from Westhope High School in 1954. While in High School he played basketball, football, track and baseball. He was a proud member of the 1954 High School Class C Basketball Team. He was also the state track champion in pole vault in 1954 and high jump in 1953 and 1954. He attended NDSU for two years playing basketball and track. He then went to Minot State where he ran track and played baseball. Darrell married the love of his life, Joann Solemsaas, on April 6, 1956 at Mohall. They lived in Fargo for a short time before returning to the family farm where they raised 6 children and lived until 1998 when they moved into a home in Westhope that Darrell had built. After retiring from farming, he worked for FEMA for 11 years.
On the farm they raised many small grain crops, certified seed potatoes and Christmas trees. For a short time he raised cattle, sheep and pigs. He was a true jack of all trades, mechanic, welder, electrician, plumber, carpenter, brick layer and truck driver hauling oil and moving oil rigs. He had the mind of an inventor. The inventions that made him the most proud were a pitching machine, sea dew, potato planter and various golf trainers.
He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Westhope where he served on the council for 20 years and served 4 terms as president. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge. He was a 4H leader in Newburg for 5 years and most recently a member of the Westhope Senior Citizens where he loved to meet his buddies and play a game of cards daily.
Family was important to him and he was an amazing husband, father and grandfather. He was quick to boast the accomplishments of his loved ones. His quick wit, sense of humor and practical jokes endeared him to others. He loved to amuse kids by riding a bike backwards, making silly faces or barking at them. He had a deep love of all young people and his community of Westhope/Newburg. He touched many lives as a bus driver and coach. He coached high school track, girls basketball and many years of grade school basketball. He also was a referee. In his later years, he continued to coach, support and cheer on his grandchildren and the Sioux athletes from the stands. He was quick to praise and encourage all the young athletes and gave hugs freely. He called them his heroes and he truly meant it. He was an avid NDSU Bison fan and was often seen sporting green and gold. He held season tickets to Bison Football and returned yearly for the NDSU Alumni Basketball Game to play or watch.
Darrell's love for Joann was deep and admirable. He showered her with kisses, surprise gifts and poems. He will be deeply missed.
Darrell passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at his home in Westhope.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joann; sons, Tim Henry of Los Angeles, CA and Steve (Teresa) Henry of Wauksha, WI; 4 daughters, Terri (Lee) Lundberg of Westhope, Lori (Jeff) Campbell of Bismarck, Rebecca (Sheldon) Braaten of Westhope and Valerie (Jason) LaFontaine of Billings, MT; grandchildren, Christopher (Lindsey) Henry, Jason Henry, Angela Henry, Kayla (Travis) Dressler, Jeremy (Brooke) Campbell, Ashley (Seth) McCollum, Justin Henry, Ciera Henry, Alisha Braaten, Hunter Braaten, Ellie Braaten, Walker Braaten, Mariah LaFontaine, Regan LaFontaine and Jett LaFontaine; 3 great grandsons; Heath Henry, Brooks McCollum, Hudson Dressler; sister, Phyllis (Bill) McGinley; brother Gordon (Pat) Henry and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Roberta Hesketh and Donna Perry and grandchildren, Kaydee Braaten and Lane LaFontaine.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Westhope. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Joyce DeMars
1930-2014

Funeral services for Joyce DeMars, age 83 of Westhope, were held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 10:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Westhope. Officiating at the service was Randy Kimpland. Darlene Cameron was the organist. Casket bearers were all family and friends. Burial was at the Westhope Cemetery.
Joyce DeMars, a daughter of James and Florence (Rehn) Matteson, was born on May 19, 1930 at Westhope. She was reared there and graduated from Westhope High School in 1948. In 1951, she married Virgil DeMars at Westhope. Joyce worked at the Westhope Dry Cleaners for a time. Virgil passed away in 1973. Joyce moved to Coffeyville, KS in 1976 where she worked at Coffeyville Memorial Hospital in the records department. She retired in 1990 and moved back to Westhope.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Westhope. She enjoyed bird watching and crossword puzzles.
Joyce passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at a Minot hospital.
She is survived by her daughter, Dianne Hystad of Dickinson; son, Barry DeMars of Westhope; sister, Nancy Wright of Coffeyville, KS; 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Bradley DeMars; and an infant son and 2 brothers, Garnett Matteson and James (Jimmy) Matteson.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Richard D. McLean
1956-2014

Richard D. McLean, 58, Minot, died Friday, April 4, 2014, in a Minot hospital.
Richard was born February 10, 1956 in Minot, ND to Daniel F. and Hilda G. (Ziemann) McLean. He was reared and educated in Maxbass, ND until his family moved to Finley, ND where he finished high school in 1974.
He gained employment as a farmhand in the Finley area until joining a custom combining crew traveling the grain belt from Oklahoma through Kansas to Canada for several years. Winter months were filled by driving truck.
At the age of 36, Richard attended Airotech in Cheyenne, WY where he earned certification to become an aircraft mechanic. He returned to North Dakota and back to agriculture working for Galvin Farms of North Dakota and Canada. He moved to Minot in 1979. He was employed as a truck driver for Farrell N. America and Power Fuels. At the time of his death, Richard was part of the runway maintenance crew at the Minot International Airport.
Richard was a faithful member of Dakota Baptist Church, Minot. He enjoyed farming and spending time with family and friends. He could often be found attending many of the local air shows over the years.
His family includes, siblings, Robyn (Michael) Gatlin, Merrysville, CA, Cindy (Rod) Walcker, Finley, ND, Laurie (Tim) Kramer, Rochester, MN and Tim (Georgia) McLean, Hatton, ND; numerous nieces and nephews, Daniel (Kadee) Kramer, Brian (Briana) Kramer, Jonathan Gatlin, Austin Walcker, Sarah Gatlin, and Marcus, Samuel and Alexis McLean and a great-niece and great nephew, Hailey and William Kramer.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gregory McLean.
Service: 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Immanuel Baptist Church, Minot, ND
Interment: Graceland Cemetery, Maxbass, ND
Visitation: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot, ND
Memorials: In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials are preferred to Dakota Baptist Church, Minot.
Those wanting to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com

Ardis Berg
1943-2014

A Celebration of Life for Ardis Vernell Berg, was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Bible Baptist Church, Oak View, Calif.
Ardis was born Oct. 3, 1943 in Bottineau, to Oliver and Sigrid Berg. Ardis graduated from Bottineau High School. She then married Gordon "Buzz" Himle in 1964 and moved to California, where she had two kids, Kraig and Kari. They moved to Oak View in 1972.
Ardis was an avid ice skater and spent many hours doing what she loved. After the kids were grown, she starting working. Everybody knew Ardis from working at Double J Market, then Vons in Ojai, Calif. Ardis retired in 2005. She spent her days relaxing and hanging out with her friends.
Ardis left this Earth unexpectedly from complications from COPD on Friday, Feb. 7.
Ardis is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Kraig and Tully Himle, daughter, Kari Himle, grandkids, Jake Jones, Jenessa Olson, Kode Himle and Kaid Himle, her brother and sister-in-law, Morris and Erma Berg, sister, Millie Ploehn, sister-in-law Ardys Berg, nieces, Kim Berg, Tammy Berg, Linda Wever, Michelle Junqueiro, Susan Douglas, Deb Anhorn and Dawn Berg, nephews, Rob Berg and Doug Ploehn, former husband Gordon "Buzz" Himle, along with many other family members and lifelong friends.
She was preceded in death by her brothers Kenny Berg and Ronnie Berg, and parents, Oliver and Sigrid Berg.

Norvin L. Fylling
1922 - 2014

Funeral services for Norvin Fylling, age 91 of Bottineau, were held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Grace Lutheran Brethren Church in Bottineau. Officiating at the service was the Reverend Craig Jennings and the Reverend Tim Voth. Sharon Strand was the organist and Linda Redding was the pianist. Special music was provided by the Moline Sisters: Valerie Hobbs, Naomi Larson and Carole Schiesser; Roger Redding; Bob and Judy Martinson and Taylor Bothun. Casket bearers were Wes Borowski, Brad Martinson, Rollin Tonneson, Carl Selvig, Mark Martinson and Chad Strand. Honorary casket bearers were Carl Skarphol, Larry Moline, Dave Erickson, J.L. Fylling, John Stratford and Merlin Stratford. Burial was at the Oak Creek Cemetery in Bottineau.
Norvin was born to Peter and Marie (Mork) Fylling on July 5th, 1922. Norvin attended and graduated from Landa Public School in 1941. He enjoyed playing basketball and was a pitcher for the Landa baseball team. He attended NDSU Bottineau as well as the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis, MN. He married Ruth M. Moline of Rolette, ND on December 29, 1957. Norvin continued to farm the Fylling homestead in Landa, ND until he retired. Norvin and Ruth were blessed with two children - Paul Allen and Marilyn Ruth.
Norvin had a deep love for the Lord and was involved with the Lutheran Indian Mission, the Peace Garden Fellowship, and served as a trustee and elder at Grace Lutheran Brethren Church in Bottineau, ND for many years. Norvin enjoyed farming, fishing, and hunting. He especially enjoyed traveling including trips to California, Minnesota, Norway, and many fishing trips to Canada with his family, friends, and brothers. Norvin loved to spend time with his children and later his grandchildren - including attending many of their sporting, musical, and drama events.
Norvin is survived by his loving wife Ruth (Moline) Fylling, son Paul (Sheri) Fylling, and daughter Marilyn (Stieg) Strand, 6 grandchildren - Jeremy (Kara) Fylling, Jordan (Heidi) Fylling, Morgan Fylling, Katie Bothun, AnnaMarie (Ryan) Naylor, and Taylor Bothun, 3 great grandchildren - Allie Fylling, Harper Fylling, and River Fylling, 1 sister - Mina Stratford, 3 sisters-in-law - Edres Fylling, Lorraine Martinson, and Donna Moline, 1 brother-in-law, Larry Moline, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Norvin was preceded in death by his sister, Nora Craft, and brothers - Ingolf ("Johnny") Fylling, Peder (Clarice) Fylling and twin brother Marvin (Mary and Ruth) Fylling and brother-in-law Don Stratford.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net
Norvin will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Blessed be the memory of Norvin L. Fylling.

Gerald Harvey Lundy
1927 - 2014

Gerald Harvey Lundy was born at home on the family farm in Westhope, North Dakota on February 20, 1927. He was the final installment of the ten children born to Robert and Susan Lundy. He graduated from Westhope High School and was drafted into the army near the end of World War II and shipped off to Japan as part of occupying forces at the war's end.
Following his parents to Oregon, he worked summers at Crater Lake Lodge to pay for college. Graduating from University of Oregon with honors with a BS in English Literature, Gerald taught high school in Bandon and Milwaukee, Oregon before returning to UO to complete a Masters and was subsequently hired by the University to teach in the English Department. Gerry gave up cigarettes and exchanged it for distance running, maybe even before the world had heard of Bill Bowerman.
In the 1960s, he left Oregon and academia, moved to the Berkeley area to cook at a senior meal site. Later he joined Uprisings Baking Collective, where he worked as baker until the collective folded in the 1990's. He ran many marathons while living in California.
Gerry loved animals, made friends easily, listened well, read voraciously, played a mean game of Scrabble, loved to compete, watched dozens of movies a year and perused thrift stores for clothing, books and much to his family's horror, prescription eyewear. He wrote family history and poetry, and corresponded with relatives and friends faithfully.
Ten years ago, he moved back to the Eugene area where his only surviving sibling lived. He took several classes at UO as an alumni and former faculty member. He loved sports and especially loved the Ducks. Gerry read the newspaper daily, always beginning with the sports page before moving on to non-sport news. He pored over every obituary, remembering details of the lives of interesting people he'd never met.
In 2007, Eugene held its first marathon. Gerry, then 80 years old, signed up and walked a half-marathon. In 2011, he was given a dire prognosis when both lung cancer and advanced colon cancer were discovered. Two surgeries later, he saw an oncologist who declared him free of both the cancers, with no need for further treatment.
Independent to a fault, he resisted accepting help from others. He loved his family and friends, and had a quick wit. He continued to walk or ride his bicycle in good weather, otherwise driving or catching the bus.
In cleaning out Uncle Gerry's living space, we found hundreds of letters from friends and relatives, dating back to the 1960s. In comparison, we may have come across an email or two copied from his computer, but he perceived great value in written word put down with ink onto paper. In his desk, we discovered a stash of recently purchased postage stamps. He had not given up letter-writing.
Gerry leaves one sister, June Carlson of Leaburg, myriad nephews, nieces and friends. He will be very much missed by all who knew him.
In honor of Gerry, pick up your favorite pen, write a heartfelt note to a friend or family member, stamp and address an envelope and drop it in the nearest mailbox. You may never know the impact your effort will have on the recipient.

Geraldine “Jeri”
Himle
1932-2014

Memorial services for Geraldine "Jeri" Himle, 81, will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the auditorium at the Glendo School in Glendo, Wyoming, with worship leader Marjorie Sanborn, of Saint John the Baptist Episcopal Church, officiating.
Mrs. Himle died Friday March 7, 2014, at the Memorial Hospital of Converse County, in Douglas, Wyoming.
She was born May 25, 1932, in Antler, North Dakota, the daughter of Gilbert H. and Irene (Smith) Feland.
She was raised and educated in Antler, graduating from the Antler High School. After graduation she worked as a bookkeeper, at the Farmer's Co-Op.
She was married to Robert M. "Bob" Himle on July 23, 1950, in Westhope, North Dakota.
She enjoyed riding horses, camping, traveling, games, reading books, and above all else, spending time with her family.
She is survived by her six children, Gary Himle and wife Wendy, of Glendo, Wyoming, Debra Rex and husband Ken, of Anoka, Minnesota, Cheryl York and husband Bill, of Thorton, Colorado, Denise Himle of Glendo, Wyoming, Larry Himle and wife Kim, of Upton, Wyoming, and Cindy Himle of Littleton, Colorado; sister, Pat Simmon of Tolleson, Arizona; eleven grandchildren; and fifteen great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Bob, on July 13, 2004; parents, Gilbert and Irene Feland; sister, Joyce Enger; brothers-in-law, Al Enger, Marlo Kuhl, and John L Simmons.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for contributions to help with funeral expenses. Contributions can be sent to Cheryl York, executor, c/o The Bank of the West, 240 South Fourth Street, Douglas, Wyoming, 82633, in the name of Geraldine Himle.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com

Ann Lesmann
1916-2014

Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated for Ann Lesmann, age 97 of Minot formerly of Westhope, on Friday at 10:00 am at the St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Westhope. The celebrant at the mass was the reverend Father Paul Schuster. Cool Baumann was the organist and special music was provided by Mary Joyce Hastings. Mike Lesmann and Nick Anderson were the readers. Gift bearers were Brenda Evenson, Kimberly Koerbitz and Jennifer Henricks. Casket bearers were Richard Lesmann, Steve Lesmann, Mike Lesmann, Nick Anderson and Connor Koerbitz. Honorary casket bearers were Collin Anderson and Todd Halvorson. Burial will be at the Westhope Cemetery.
Ann was born April 10, 1916, on the family farm near Bathgate, N.D., the daughter of Agnes and Richard Meagher. She graduated from Bathgate High School in 1933. Ann married Herbert Lesmann from Westhope on Dec. 22, 1938. They lived and worked in the Grand Forks, N.D., area before returning to Westhope to farm in 1944. Ann worked as the bookkeeper for Herb’s trucking company and at the Gateway Cafe and the L & M Cafe before becoming the dietary supervisor at the Westhope Home for the Aged. While working there, she earned a certificate in nutrition from the University of North Dakota, thus achieving a lifetime goal of attending college.
Ann was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Westhope and Little Flower Catholic Church in Minot. She was preceded in death by her beloved Herbie, who passed away April 3, 2002, and five sisters and four brothers.
Ann took great pride in the accomplishments of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The expression “If there’s room in the heart, there’s room in the house” describes her so well. Ann was at her best when her home was filled with family and friends there to enjoy breakfast after church or a holiday meal. Whatever Ann cooked, it was simply the best.
Ann is survived by five children: Dale (Carol) Lesmann, Minot: Larry (Peg) Lesmann, Lisbon, N.D.; Beverly (Bob) Halvorson, Minot; Barbara (Bill) Sherlock, Chicago, Ill.; and Debra (Doug) Anderson, Bismarck, N.D.; 12 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great-children.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Arnold Maier
1919-2014

Arnold Maier, 94, formerly of Hannover and Bismarck, died February 22, 2014 at Trinity Nursing Home, Minot.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at St. Peters Lutheran Church, Hannover, with Reverend Russell Fitch officiating. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 pm on Monday, February 24 at Buehler Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
Arnold was born June 9, 1919 on the family farm in Oliver County to Philip and Anna (Henke) Maier. He attended grade school in Hannover and graduated from New Salem High School. In 1941 he was drafted into the US Army where he served for four years with the First Armored Division and was a Purple Heart Recipient. Returning home he married his childhood sweetheart, Evelyn Henke, on November 4, 1945 in Hannover. They took over the family farm, Spring Coal Valley Stock Farm, until 1970 when they moved to Bismarck. In 1973 they moved to Westhope where Arnold managed Gateway Inn. Later returning to Bismarck he worked at Holiday Inn and Fleck Law Office retiring in 1993. In 2011 Arnold entered Trinity Nursing Home in Minot. Military organizations were very important to Arnold and he was a member of the VFW, American Legion Amvets, DAV, and held many offices. He was instrumental in getting the Purple Heart Monument at the state capitol. Arnold was active in 4-H and enjoyed photography. Above all his family was the most important thing to him and his grandchildren each held a special place in his heart.
Arnold will be missed by his wife of 68 years, Evelyn Maier, Minot; daughter, Gayle Lee, Minot; son, Gary Maier, Center; six grandchildren, Annette (Paul) Foss, Minot, Anthony (Christy) Lee, Westhope, Shelly (Chad) Portscheller, Bismarck, Wendy (Jason) Hausauer, McClusky, Scott (Miranda) Maier, Center, and Shayla Maier, Center; 9 great grandchildren; sister, Lucille (Wally) Fowler, Wenatchee, WA; brother, Raymond Maier, New Salem; brother-in-law, Kenneth (Audrey) Henke, Hannover; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arnold was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Beatrice and Frances; son-in-law, Jackie Lee; and great grandson, Paxton Lee.
Please go to www.buehlerlarson.com to sign the online guestbook.

Karen Foreid
1943-2014

Karen Foreid, 70, Minot, died Friday, February 7, 2014 in her home.
Karen T. Ferstad was born on October 12, 1943, a daughter of Nickolae and Ragna (Opdahl) Ferstad in Landa, ND. She was raised and educated in Landa. On April 19, 1963, Karen was united in marriage to Curtis Foreid in Westhope, ND. They made their home in various locations through the United States and the Philippines as Curtis was serving his country in the United States Navy. They eventually settled in North Dakota, residing in Minot, Souris and Westhope. Karen worked for Trinity Health in the dietary department and for Bottineau Bakery.
Karen enjoyed shopping on QVC, playing Bingo, and cooking. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, mother-in-law and friend and will be missed by all that knew her.
Karen is survived by:
Children: Curtis (Nikki) Foreid Jr,, Minot, Duane (Tami) Foreid, Burlington, Troy Foreid, Minot, Derek Foreid, Minot and Jason (Tahirah Futch) Foreid, Minot; 15 grandchildren: 2 great-grandchildren; three sisters: Ella Borgen, Landa, Dolly Getchell, Westhope and Arlene (Jimmy) Lesmann, Maxbass, ND; Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents, husband Curtis Foreid Sr., and brothers-in-law Agner and Jimmy.
Visitation: Monday, February 10, 2014 from 2-6 at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Funeral Service: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm at Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot, ND
Burial: A private family burial will take place at a later date.

Glenn Tennyson
1942 - 2013

ANTLER - Glenn Leonard Tennyson, 71, Antler, died Monday, December 9, 2013, at a Minot hospital.
He was born January 20, 1942, in Antler, to Gabriel and Leona (Lytle) Tennyson. He was raised on the family farm near Antler, and in 1949, the family moved into Antler. He graduated from Antler High School in 1956. After high school, he went to work at Tennyson's Garage in Antler. He also drove trucks for Kenny Christianson and Wes and Wayne Johnson. He also helped area farmers. In 1968, he and his brother, Donald, took over the farming and running the garage.
Glenn was united in marriage to Janet Pautzke, the daughter of William and Margaret Pautzke, on September 7, 1973, in Souris. To this union, two sons were born, Leonard and Derek. Glenn drove a school bus for many years for the Antler and Sherwood schools, was the Antler Fire Chief for 35 years and served as the Antler maintenance man for 30 years. Janet died June 12, 2009.
Family: sons, Leonard (Deborah) Tennyson and Derek Tennyson, all of Minot; grandsons, Jack, William, Sterling, Kasey and Jesse, all of Minot; sister, Doreen Bingham, Moosomin, Sask., Canada; and sisters-in-law, Sharon Tennyson, Antler, and Debbie (Eric) Fiala, St. Francis, Kan.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother, Donald; and his in-laws.
Funeral: Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church, Antler.
Burial: Sunset Memorial Gardens, rural Minot.
Family Service: Friday, 7:00 p.m., at the church.
Visitation: Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the church.
(Brose Funeral Home, Mohall)

Marian Brodersen
1931-2013

Funeral services for Marian Brodersen, age 82, of Westhope, formerly of Souris, were held on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Lesje Lutheran Church at Souris. Officiating at the service was the Reverend Carol Wendel. Ruby Berentson was the organist and the congregation sang selected hymns. Casket bearers were Paul Sannes, Greg Sannes, Gil Smestad, Steve Axtman, John Streccius, Lydell Larson and Landis Larson. Burial was at the church cemetery.
Marian Brodersen, a daughter of Melvin and Mildred (Madsen) Sannes was born on March 23, 1931 at Westhope. She was reared there and later graduated from Westhope High School. She then attended Minot State Teachers College. Following graduation, she taught at a one room school house near Souris. On June 9, 1949, she married Oliver Olson at Westhope and they made their home on a farm near Souris. In 1967, they moved into Souris. They were blessed with six children. Oliver passed away on November 1, 1978. Marian became the Postmaster in Souris in 1979. On August 12, 1986, she married Hans Brodersen at Souris. Marian retired from the post office in 1993. Hans passed away in November of 1997. In 2010, she moved to Westhope.
Marian was a member of Lesje Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge, VFW Auxiliary and the Heritage Club. Marian also sold Avon products for 25 years. She loved spending the winter at her home in Arizona. She enjoyed traveling, especially her trips to Europe, Canada and Alaska. She was known for her fabulous donuts and great tasting lefse. She kept herself busy with crafts, crocheting, embroidering and sewing. She was so loved and will be dearly missed.
Marian passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at an Oakes, ND hospital.
She is survived by her six children, Leonard (Sissy) Olson of Las Vegas, NV, Margaret (Bernie) Fiedler of Dousman, WI, Jerome Olson of Lisbon, Karen (Doug) Nelson of Oakes, Barbara (Richard) Huber of Clarkdale, AZ, and Rebecca (Kip) Huber of Westhope; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Gerald Sannes of Longmont, CO and Lowell Sannes of Seattle, WA; 2 sisters, Helen Stewart of Fresno, CA and Eleanor Allen of Clear Lake, SD and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Haley Huber and brothers, Erling, Lloyd, James and Lawrence Sannes.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Ronald Williams
1939-2013

Ronald Patrick Williams, 74, Minot, passed away on Thursday, December 12th in a Minot hospital. Ron was born on March 17th, 1939 in Westhope, ND. He often recounted happy memories of his childhood spent with family, friends, and his summers at Grandma and Grandpa Anderson’s farm. He entered the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 where he proudly served four years, culminating in an honorable discharge, and his service proved to be a formative event in his life providing a wealth of new experiences and world travel. He happily returned to his home state of North Dakota and began a life-long residence in Minot. He married Audrey Scherr in 1965 and together they lovingly raised their children. He cherished fatherhood and expressed immense pride in his family.
He worked for a variety of businesses in Minot, including: Murphy Finance, Montgomery Ward, Berg Homes, Kentucky Fried Chicken, JC Penny and regional oil drilling rigs. He eventually found his preferred career in auto sales, which he loved because he delighted in getting to know new people, developing friendships with his customers and talking with friends in the community. Over the course of his career, Ron worked at Don Bessette Motors, Fisher Motors and Ryan Chevrolet. He retired in 2004 to spend his time doting on his four grandchildren, touting the accomplishments of his children, and visiting with friends.
He was a member of the Muus lodge, the Elk’s lodge, the American Legion, and the Eagles club in Minot. He loved hunting and bowling in his younger years and eventually developed a love for golf. He was an avid, albeit disappointed, Minnesota Vikings fan. He enjoyed driving through the countryside to observe wildlife and delight in the beautiful views. Most of all, he cherished time spent visiting with friends and family.
Ron’s surviving family includes: wife Audrey (Scherr), Minot; daughter Renda Bailey (Ed), Charlotte, NC; son Rodney Williams (Gabby), grandchildren Genesis (4) and Gemma (1), Santa Ana, CA; son Barry Williams (LaNae), grandchildren Ian (12) and Brielle (8) East Lansing, MI; daughter Renell Wilson (Halcro) Kalispell, MT. Siblings: Brother: Randy Williams (Mamie) Minot; Rick Williams Rapid City, SD; Ken Bjorhus, Kelso, WA. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Leona Williams, sister Darla Kennedy, infant brother Rodney Williams, mother and father-in-law Francis and Peter Scherr, sisters-in-law Genell Williams and Mary Duchscherer, and brothers-in-law Tony Scherr and Kenny Scherr.
Visitation: Monday December 16th from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home.
Funeral: Tuesday December 17th at 10:30 at First Lutheran Church in Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Victor D. Witteman
1932-2013

Victor D. Witteman, 81, Minot, ND, formerly of Westhope, ND, passed away Friday, November 22, 2013, at ManorCare Health Services in Minot.
Victor Dale Witteman was born February 22, 1932, the son of Ed and Christine (Wright) Witteman, in Westhope, ND. He was raised and educated in Westhope, graduating from Westhope High School in 1950.
Following his high school graduation, he attended Minot State Teachers College for a year and then attended North Dakota State Agricultural College, now North Dakota State University, where he received a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He worked as a mechanical engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company in Los Angeles, CA, for a couple of years, and then for various companies throughout California.
He furthered his education by attending the University of Southern California, where he earned a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and also a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He then worked in the electrical engineering field for several years before returning to North Dakota to assist his father with farming and electrical contracting.
He later worked at an Anti Missile Base near Langdon, ND, and then at Colstrip Electrical Power Plant in southeastern Montana, for a few years. He then returned to the family farm and farmed until moving to Minot in 1992.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Minot.
Surviving family includes: brother, Gary Witteman, Portland, OR; sister, Norma Bennett, Grand Forks, ND; and one niece, three nephews and a few cousins.
Victor was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Margaret Darlene Witteman; sister-in-law, Dorothy Witteman.
Funeral: Friday, November 29, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.
Interment: Westhope Cemetery, Westhope, ND.
Visitation: Friday one hour prior to the service at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: are preferred to the Souris Valley United Way.

Dustin Hoffman
1979 – 2013

SHERWOOD - Dustin Raymond Hoffman, 34, Sherwood, died Friday, November 15, 2013, in an automobile accident near Northgate.
Dustin was born February 3, 1979, in Fargo, to Don and Karen (Skjervem) Hoffman. He graduated from Westhope High School in 1997. He attended Bismarck State University and received a certificate in HVAC in 1999. Dustin worked throughout high school at Double EE services in Westhope for 3 years and continued off and on until 2004. He worked for Ham’s Well Service and Murex Petroleum. He started working for H&P Drilling Co. He worked in Wyoming and North Dakota where he worked his way up to a Driller for the last several years.
Dustin married Amanda Brown on June 28, 2003, in Sherwood. They made their home in Sherwood, and were blessed with two little girls, Amelia 9 and Summer 4.
Dustin loved his wife and worshipped his girls. Dustin loved fishing, camping, golfing, going to gun shows that his Dad was at and looking for boxes of old 22 shells. Another favorite pastime of his was pulling pranks on anyone and everyone. Dustin was the most generous person; he would give the shirt off his back to help anyone. His pearly-white smile and the sparkle in his eyes could light up the room. He loved his family and friends more than anything and cherished every moment with each of them.
Family: Dustin is survived by the love of his life, Amanda, Sherwood; daughters, Amelia and Summer, both at home; father, Don Hoffman, Williston; brother, Jon (Leslie) Hoffman, and their two children, Allison and Donovan, Gillette, WY; sister, Yvonne (Allen) Larsen, and their four children, Andrew, Kaitlyn, Mathew and Paige, Gilbert, MN; sister-in law, Christine (Tyler) Southam, and their two kids Simon and Owen, Del Rio, TX; grandmother, Shirley Hoffman, Tioga; in-laws, Ross and Karen Carter, Sherwood; and Rick and Leah Brown, Vancouver, WA; special aunt, Janice (Tom) Hanson, Surrey; special cousin Ida (Corky) Latendresse, Minot; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Dustin was preceded in death by his mother, Karen Hoffman; grandparents, Marvin and Joyce Skjervem; grandfather, Don Hoffman, Sr; aunt, Debbie Spence; and best friend and companion, Weiser, his loving golden retriever.
Funeral: Thursday, November 21, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Sherwood.
Burial: Sherwood Union Cemetery, Sherwood.
Family service: Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., at the church.
Visitation: Friends may sign the guestbook Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the church.
(Brose Funeral Home, Mohall)

Michael Hassan
1952 – 2013

LANSFORD – Michael James Hassan, 61, Lansford, died Thursday, November 7, 2013, at his home.
Big Mike was born March 12, 2013, in Albany, NY, to Louis and Constance (Faulkner) Hassan. He was raised in New Lebanon and graduated from New Lebanon High School in 1970. Mike and Carol Shatney were married November 17, 1973, in Canaan, NY.
Mike served two enlistments in the U.S. Air Force. He served from August of 1972 to June of 1980, and from November of 1982 to January of 1995. He was a Master Sergeant and served as a Corrosion Control Supervisor and Aircraft Structural Maintenance Craftsman.
Following his honorable discharge, he leased the Lansford Café for three years. He bought the Bar in Maxbass in 1998 and operated it as Big Mike’s Bar and Steakhouse. He retired in December of 2012.
Mike was a member of the George T. Taylor American Legion Post #52, Mohall, the NoDak Speedway Club and the Maxbass Fire Department and served as the sexton of Graceland Cemetery, Maxbass. He enjoyed golfing, playing poker and card games, racing at the NoDak Speedway, and watching poker games on TV.
Family: wife, Carol Hassan, Lansford; son, Chad (Farrah Kersten) Hassan, Mohall; stepmother, Harriet Hassan, East Chatham, NY; five sisters and three brothers; mother-in-law, Joan Shatney, East Chatham, NY; brothers-in-law, Barry (Donna) Shatney, Nassau, NY, and Iliff (Wendy) Shatney, East Chatham, NY; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, a sister; father-in-law, and a brother-in-law, Larry.
Memorial Service: Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., at Trinity United Church, Lansford.
Friends may sign the guestbook two hours prior to the service at the church.
(Brose Funeral Home, Mohall)

Bryan J. Foss
1965-2013

Bryan J. Foss, 48, Minot, died Saturday, November 9, 2013 in a Bismarck hospital.
Bryan was born on October 18, 1965, a son of Eugene and Maxine (Dempsey) Foss in Wolf Point, MT. He moved with his family to the Westhope/Landa area, where he attended Westhope School.
Following high school, Bryan worked for a sand blasting/painting company, on the Seismograph rigs, and for various moving companies, until becoming disabled.
He enjoyed shooting league pool, hunting, fishing and hanging out with his friends. Bryan was a loving son, brother and uncle who enjoyed teasing his nieces and nephews. He will be remembered for his willingness to put others needs in front of his own, his straightforward attitude and his kindness.
He is survived by: Mother: Maxine Foss and Jr. Ellingson, Minot; sister: Cindy (Rick) Gimbel, Landa, ND; brother: Darren (Stacey) Foss, Landa, ND; nieces Ashley (Reed) Murphy, Kenmare and Samantha Foss, Landa; nephew Aidyn Foss, Landa; great niece Kennedi and a great nephew Cash Murphy, Kenmare; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.
Bryan was preceded in death by his father Eugene, maternal grandparents Lawrence and Mae Dempsey and paternal grandparents Gilbert and Myrtle Foss.
Visitation: Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 3-7 at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Funeral Service: Friday, November 15, 2013 at 11 am at Thompson Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot
Burial: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot

Archie Harold
Bigwood
1929-2013

Funeral services for Archie Bigwood, age 84 of Bottineau, were held on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the First Lutheran Church in Bottineau. Officiating at the service was the Reverend Desiree Uhrich. Shelia Bertsch was the organist. Special music was provided by Jordan Christianson, Jacob Pecarina and Ron Pecarina. Casket bearers were Archie's grandsons: Ben Anderson, Anthony Archie Pecarina, Andrew Bigwood, Jordan Christianson, Jacob Pecarina and Kyle Christianson. Honorary casket bearers were Kenny Meyer, Ron Bergman, Duane Christenson and Duane Larson. Military Honors were presented by the Bottineau County Veterans and the North Dakota National Guard. Burial was at the Oak Creek Cemetery in Bottineau.
Archie Bigwood was born on June 2, 1929, in St. Thomas, North Dakota to Alta and William Bigwood. He was the eighth of eleven children and was adored by his older sister, Jean. He was an avid reader, enterprising youth and astute observer of nature, teaching himself to identify each bird by its song. After graduation from St. Thomas High School, Archie attended and received an associate degree from the School of Forestry. While singing in the college choir, Arloween Bollinger caught his eye and they were married December 28, 1951.
Serving his country as a Navy pilot during the Korean conflict and as a commander of his squadron were recalled with fondness. Archie returned to the Bottineau area in 1954 and engaged in farming for many years. He also operated a petroleum distribution business. After Arloween's death in November of 1994, Archie took on the roles of Grandmother and Grandfather to his 13 grandchildren. He taught them to fish, hunt, and appreciate nature's wonders. After a whirlwind courtship, Archie married Marilyn Stead in Minot, North Dakota in December of 1999. They enjoyed golf, hunting, dancing, and travel until the time of his death.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Bottineau and served in leadership roles in multiple community service and wildlife organizations. He sought political office and was a lifelong Republican.
Archie Bigwood piloted his final flight Sunday, September 29, 2013 into the loving arms of his heavenly Father. His steadfast love of family, wonder at God's creation and care for others serves as a benchmark for his survivors.
Archie leaves his wife Marilyn, children, Jacqueline Anderson (Nolan), Lori Bigwood-Pecarina (Ron), Jeffrey Bigwood (Sue), and Kimberly Christianson (Roger). Roger was both a close friend and son-in law. Grandchildren are Jennifer, Naomi, Debbie and Ben: Anthony Archie, Kira and Jacob; Amy, Andrew, and Betsy; Jordan, Kyle, and Siennah Arloween. He also is survived by 14 great grandchildren, brothers: Roy, Lyle, and Paul, sisters: Margaret, Betty, and Marion and many nieces and nephews.
The family shares deep gratitude for Archie's close friends Duane Larson, Duane and Helen Christenson, Kenny Meyer, and Ron Bergman.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

George B. Wahus
1918-2013

George B. Wahus, 94, of Callahan FL went home to be with the Lord on August 16, 2013.
George was born on November 28, 1918 in Charleson, North Dakota to Magnus and Gina Wahus.
He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years Vernice, son; Roger (Penny) Wahus of Minot North Dakota, daughter; Eileen (Terry) Van Fossen of Callahan FL, sister; Anna (Dan) Rodgers of Fishers, Ind., 10 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and 1 cousin; Lynn Wahus. He was predeceased by his daughter Karen Irey, 6 brothers and 1 sister.
He and his wife resided in Callahan for the past 20 years. He worked as a finish carpenter while residing in Minot North Dakota, including building the Minot AFB housing, worked at Winn Dixie in Hilliard from 2002-2009, was a member of First Lutheran Church in Minot and First United Methodist Church in Callahan, volunteered at Trinity Hospital in Minot and St. Vincents Hospital Jacksonville with 1500 hours of volunteer time. He loved his family, especially watching his great grandchildren play and was always willing to help anyone.
Memorial services will be held at First United Methodist Church of Callahan on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 11:00am with Pastor Sue Corley officiating. Burial will be in the Holden Cemetery, Maxbass, at a later date.
Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be expressed by signing the guest book at www.nassaufh.com. Arrangements under the direction of Nassau Funeral Home, 541720 US Highway 1, Callahan, FL 32011. 904-879-1770.
(Nassau Funeral Home, Callahan)

Tyler Hagen
1982-2013

Funeral services for Tyler O. Hagen, age 31 of Minot, formerly of Westhope, were held on Monday, September 2, 2013 at 10:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Westhope. Officiating at the service was the Reverend Carol Wendel. Barb Lee was the organist. Casket bearers were Joe Huber, Lonnie Gust, Mitch Benson, Rick Wolf, Justin Norstegaard, Kurtis Sisk and Justin Perron. Honorary casket bearers were all of Tyler's Cousins. Burial was at the Westhope Cemetery.
Tyler Obert Hagen was born on June 25, 1982 to Olen and Becki (Tande) Hagen. He was raised near Westhope and graduated from Westhope High School in 2000. As a young boy, Tyler enjoyed many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing with his dad at the lake and skateboarding with his friends. In high school, Tyler was on the golf team and he continued with that passion on through adulthood. He also was a #1 Minnesota Twins fan and loved to see his team win.
Tyler was the type of friend we all wish we could be. He was the one that was always there for you. He never said a bad word about anyone and would give you his last penny and the shirt off his back. He was a young man with a huge heart.
Tyler had an eagerness to learn carpentry and began his career with Range Roofing & Construction. He continued his work with RMJ Construction of Minot.
Tyler joined loved ones in heaven on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
He is survived by his parents, Olen and Becki Hagen of Westhope; sister, Alexi Jo and her husband Chris Dugger of Minot; grandparents, Conrad and Clarice Tande of rural Souris; aunts; uncles and several cousins.
Tyler was preceded in death by grandparents, Phyllis and Obert Hagen; uncle, Gerald Hagen and cousin, Jenna Marie Tolstad.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Westhope. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Herbert Huber
1921-2013

Funeral services for Herbert Huber, age 92 of Minot formerly Westhope, were held on Tuesday, September 2, 2013 at 10:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Westhope. Officiating at the service was Randy Kimpland. Darlene Cameron was the organist and Amber Thorenson was the soloist. Casket bearers were Travis Kirk, Mike Jessen, Shane Branson, Dennis Huber, Kip Huber and Keith Michalenko. Burial was at the Westhope Cemetery.
Herbert S. Huber, 91, of Westhope passed away August 30, 2013 at Trinity Hospital in Minot. Herb was born October 9, 1921 to Chauncey and Greeta Huber on the family farm north of Maxbass, North Dakota. He was the second oldest of twelve children. He received his education at a country school in Bentinck township and later went on to receive a high school diploma. Herb began his military service with the 117th Calvary in North Africa in 1942. He was security alert for SHAEF Headquarters and went into combat in Italy, France, Austria and Germany. He was honorably discharged from the Army in Frankfort, Germany in 1946 and went to work in Federal service maintenance and as a repair supervisor of General Eisenhower and officers of SHAEF vehicles. He returned to North Dakota and married Edith Downs September 20, 1946 at Sydney, Montana. They made their home in Westhope where they raised their five children. He worked in the oil field as a heavy equipment operator and in the construction industry near Westhope. They then moved to Colorado where he worked at Coors Brewery. He and Edith later managed a motel for several years before returning to Westhope.
Herb was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Westhope. He was an avid gardener and liked to share the harvest. He enjoyed preserving and was an excellent cook. He enjoyed fishing and took several trips with family and friends. Herb had a passion for gaining knowledge. He enjoyed reading classics and biographies. He loved spending time with his family.
Herb passed away on Friday, August 30, 2013 at a Miot hospital.
Herb is survived by his four children, Connie (Ron) Kirk of Minot, Larry Huber of Westhope, Perry (Brenda) Huber of Wichita, KS. and Debra (Dwaine) Kirk of Westhope; 8 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Shirlemae Beverly and Charlotte Coleman; and 2 brothers, Chauncey “Mick” Huber and Curtis Huber.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Edith; son, Terry Huber; 1 great granddaughter, Deandria; 6 brothers and 1 sister.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Westhope. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Albert Ronnie
Baumann
1939-2013

mission, tx - Albert Ronnie Baumann, 74, of Mission, Texas, and formerly of Woodstock, Illinois, died Thursday, July 4, 2013 at Centegra Hospital - Woodstock.
He was born June 6, 1939 in Fargo, ND, to Albert and Isabel (Anderson) Baumann. He married Marguerite Fitzgerald.
He was formerly employed by Union Special in Huntley. He graduated from Worsham College in 1987 with a degree in mortuary science and was a former partner at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home. He was a former member and past Exalted Ruler of the Woodstock Elks. He was a resident of Tropical Valley Acres in Mission, Texas, and served as president and as a member of the board. He was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Mission. He enjoyed golf and fishing. He was an avid White Sox fan. He also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends and solving sudoku puzzles. Mostly he will be remembered as a great husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Kenneth Baumann; a daughter, Kimberly (Jason) Sheckells; a son-in-law, Kevin Simes; six grandchildren, Parker Simes and  Jacqueline Simes, Bryan and Stephanie Huffar and Jessica and Alexander Baumann; and a sister Maryann Baumann.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathryn A. Simes on July 28, 2004; and his parents.
The funeral service was held on Monday, July 8 at the Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home in Woodstock. Inurnment will be in Linn-Hebron Cemetery in Hebron.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated.

Merle I. Moum
1928-2013

Merle Moum, age 85 of Westhope, died June 10, 2013 in Chandler, Arizona. His memorial service will be held on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Westhope. Burial will be in the Westhope Cemetery. Officiating at the service will be Dr. Bob Edwards. Music will be provided by Dr. Bob Edwards and Ruby Berentson will be the organist. Honorary pallbearers will be Aaron Moum, Jesse Moum, Michael Andreachi, Nicholas Andreachi, Jason Vermeire, Charlie Sims, Dylan Rodina and Cameron Rodina. Merle Moum, was born on January 22, 1928 on the family farm in Sergius Township, Bottineau County. He was born the third of four sons to Carl Haakon Moum and Inga (Nermyr) Moum. Merle attended a rural grade school and high school in Westhope. He met his future wife Lorraine Rosendahl in high school and they were married on December 29, 1946. They spent the first year of their marriage in Bozeman, Montana, where he worked for a Chrysler dealership. They returned to North Dakota in 1948. Merle drove a bulldozer for the Soil Conservation District for several years. In the early 1950's they bought their first farm, continued working in Westhope and worked on the oil rigs for a few years. Merle and Lorraine had three children, Ron, Jolene and John. In 1963, they bought the farm west of Westhope, where they lived and made their living until their retirement.
Merle had the privilege of meeting Willie Nelson in 1986. Willie offered Merle the job of driving his tour bus, but Lorraine didn't think that was such a good idea, so Merle tended bar for a time at the Gateway Inn, as "Willie" since they looked so much alike. Merle and Lorraine spent many winters in Arizona traveling in their RV. They bought a winter home in Sun Lakes, AZ in 2002, and spent winters there. Lorraine passed away on March 22, 2007. Merle continued to work on the farm with his children until 2012. Merle and Lorraine were lifelong members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Westhope.
He is survived by his daughter, Jolene (Jack) Vermeire; son, John (Brenda); Grandchildren: Wendy, Jacki, Jennifer, Jodi, Jason, Aaron, Jesse, Dawn, and Shawn; and 16 Great-grandchildren; Brother Donald Moum (Delight), Sisters-in-law; Murilyn Racine and Joanne Moum; Brother-in-law; Arlyn Rosendahl (Judy).
He was preceded in death by his parents C.H. and Inga Moum, of Westhope; his wife, Lorraine; his son, Ronald; and brothers, Al and Lloyd.

Ruth Marie Page
1927 - 2013

Ruth Marie Page of St. Louis Park, MN, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2013, in Edina, Minnesota. A Memorial service will be held July 20, 2013, at 2:00 at the First Presbyterian Church of Westhope, ND. Ruth was born June 6, 1927, to Everett and Orlena Ballantyne in Westhope, North Dakota. She graduated from Westhope High School in 1946. She married the late James E. Page on October 22, 1949. James died May 31, 2006.
Ruth lived in Westhope, Lake Metigoshe, Bismarck, North Dakota and St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Westhope and an associate member of Lake Harriet Methodist Church in Minneapolis.
Ruth is survived by her daughters: Elaine (Don) Bergstrom of Dayton, Nevada; Nancy Johnson, St. Louis Park, Minnesota; and her son Edwin (Cheryl) Page of Bismarck, North Dakota. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Page (Chris) Kinner, Edina, Minnesota; Megan Points (Patrick Naleway), Eugene, Oregon; Mallari Page, Fargo, North Dakota; Joshua Page, Grand Forks, North Dakota; Brandon and Kaitlyn Page, Bismarck, North Dakota; and one great grandchild: Marie Kinner, Edina, Minnesota and many special nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband James, son Alan James Page, one son-in-law James Johnson and siblings: six brothers Russell, Pat, Lyle, Donald, Charles, and Herb Ballantyne, and two sisters Loretta Nesting and Dorothy Dale.

Briggs A. Zimmer
2012-2013

Briggs Arthur Zimmer, 17 month old son of Chris and Sommer Zimmer, Upham, died Sunday, July 7, 2013 in a Fargo hospital. Briggs was born to Chris and Sommer (Hall) Zimmer on January 25, 2012. He shared his birthday and middle name with his great-grandpa, Arthur.
Briggs was all boy who loved being outside. He spent lots of time with mom and dad riding on the four-wheeler, in the pickup, and flying in the airplane. At three weeks old he had his first airplane ride.
Briggs loved wrestling with his big brother, Easton. They were constant companions, playing toys, feeding the new chickens, chasing their pet goose, and being with their dog, Piper. Briggs was learning all the new tricks from his big brother.
We feel so blessed to have had our Briggs with us for such a short time but a wonderful time. He was the special boy who will always be in our hearts forever.
We will miss that big happy smile and his deep belly laugh. We will hold you in our hearts until we hold you in our arms in Heaven. We love you, Briggs.
Briggs loving family includes his parents, Chris and Sommer Zimmer, Upham, brother, Easton Zimmer, at home; maternal grandparents, Keith and Vicki Hall, Upham, ND; paternal grandparents, Philip and Gail Zimmer, Kenmare, ND; great-grandmothers, Jean Vendsel, Minot and Jean Rubbert, Upham, ND; uncles, Trevor (Bethanie) Hall and their children, Kadence and baby Hall; Chad (Allisha) Zimmer and their children, Madison, Brook and Kaitlyn; and numerous great aunts, uncles and many friends of the family.
Briggs was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Odell and Mildred Zimmer, Arthur and Irene Hall, Dale Vendsel, Myron Rubbert and most importantly, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
Funeral service: 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2013 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Upham, ND.
Interment: St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Upham, ND. There will be no reviewal; however, family and friends are invited to sign a memorial register book on Thursday, July 11, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Upham.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).

Jessie Kirk
1972-2013

A memorial service for Jessie Kirk, age 40 of Westhope, was held on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Westhope. Officiating at the service was the Reverend Barb Haugerud. Ruby Berentson was the organist. Honorary casket bearers were Derek Nehring, Brett Nehring, Danny Halstad, Travis Kirk, Kelly Kirk, Kendall Kirk, Garrett Kirk, Rinat Mouzafarov, Scooter Palmer, Lavern Rice, LeRoy Rice, and Cody Lehman.
Jessie Kirk, a son of Gail and Cindy (Ness) Kirk, was born on December 15, 1972 at Bottineau. He was reared and educated in Westhope.
After his education he began working in the oil fields. He also helped his sister Janelle with starting her company, Kirk’s Auto Cleaning. Jessie worked for a short time with Nash Finch in Minot. He returned to the oil fields working for Ham’s Well Service and later Enson Drilling. An injury forced him to retire early. Jessie has resided in Westhope since.
He enjoyed riding motorcycle, snowmobiles and playing darts. Jessie loved his big dog Jake. His family was very important to him; he was always there for his family. He always said "I love my family".
Jessie passed away on February 5, 2013 at Westhope.
Jessie is survived by his parents, Gail and Cindy Kirk of Westhope; sisters, Jodi and her husband Pat Nehring of Minot and Janelle Kirk and her friend Laurie Ostrom of Minot; nephews, Derek, Brett and Kaleb; and a niece, Jennifer Nehring.
Jessie was preceded in death by his grandparents, Albert and Eunice Ness and Helen and Elmo Kirk; aunt, Pam Schweitzer and uncles, David and Curtis Ness.
Arrangements are with the Nero Funeral Home of Westhope. Friends may sign the online register at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Janet Erdman
1940-2013

Funeral services for Janet Erdman, age 82 of Bottineau formerly of Willow City, were held on Tuesday at 2:00 P.M. at the First Lutheran Church in Willow City. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at Willow City in the spring. Officiating at the services were Reverend Linda Wimmer and Wally Fretland. The organist was Martha Larson and the congregation sang selected hymns. Casket bearers were Janet’s grandsons.
Janet Erdman, a daughter of Arthur and Gina (Olson) Sanderson, was born on the family farm near Willow City. She was reared and attended school in Willow City. On May 29, 1950 she was married to Kenneth Stevenson at Miles City, MT. They continued to live in the Willow City area where she raised her children. In 1956 they moved to Washington State. They returned to North Dakota in 1964. Their marriage later ended. In 1971 Janet married Leonard Erdman. She worked as a nurse’s aide at the St. Andrew’s Hospital for many years later working at the Good Samaritan Center for a time. Leonard passed away on January 1, 1999. Janet continued to live in Willow City until she moved to Bottineau in the Winter of 2012 where she has resided since.
She was a member of the Willow City First Lutheran Church in Willow City. Janet was very active with in the Church. She was also a member of the Bottineau Sons of Norway and the Bottineau County Museum.
Janet passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at a Minot hospital.
She is survived by sons, Jerry (Laurie) Stevenson of Carpenter, WY, Joel (Marla) Stevenson of Bottineau and John (Delilah) of Corpus Christi, TX; daughters, Vicki (Alex) Engstrom and Tillisa (Mike) Lemay both of Westhope and Gena Erdman of Bottineau; 30 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a brother Alton (Diane) Sanderson of Willow City.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Leonard; daughter, Julie Langham; son Jim Stevenson; granddaughter, Melissa Sue; and a grandson, Terry Langham.
Arrangements are with the Nero Funeral Home of Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Alice Huber
1918-2013

Funeral services for Alice Huber, age 94 of Velva, formerly of Maxbass, were held on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 10:00 am at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Westhope. Officaiting at the service was the Reverend Barb Haugerud. Ruby Berentson was the organist and the congregation sang selected hymns. Casket bearers were all of Alice’s grandchildren. Burial was at the Westhope Cemetery in Westhope.
Alice Huber, a daughter of Herbert and Anna (Schuett) Lesmann, was born on July 30, 1918 at Westhope. She was raised on the family farm near Westhope. She attended country school near Westhope. On November 3, 1937, she married Marion Huber at Westhope. Following their marriage, they farmed in Bentinck Township near Westhope and in 1949, they moved to Hastings Township. Marion passed away on March 14, 1989. Later that year, Alice moved into the Dakota Terrace Apartments in Minot. In 2007 she moved into The Wellington Assisted Living in Minot. In January of 2012, she moved into the Souris Valley Care Center in Velva.
She was a member of the Grace Methodist Church in Maxbass and later the Bread of Life Lutheran Church in Minot. She enjoyed playing cards, gardening, sewing, cooking and baking.
Alice passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at a Velva hospital.
She is survived by her children, Gerald (Mary) Huber of Janesville, WI, Myrna (Larry) Romine of Maxbass, Ronnie (Barb) Huber of Minot, Sandra (Maurice) Thorenson of Mandan and Gary (Debbie) Huber of Minot; 19 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren and 6 step-great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Bangs of Landa; brother, Lloyd Lesmann of Minot; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a grand daughter, Renae Huber; daughter-in-law, Shirley Huber; brothers, Albert, Arthur, Lyle, Eugene and Herbert; sisters, Doretta Beingessner, Irene Austin and Anna Austin.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral home in Westhope. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

John J. Egger
1918-2012

WWII veteran John J. Egger, 94, passed away November 14, 2012, in Ellensburg, WA
Born March 27, 1918, to John J. and Eleanor (Backman) Egger in Westhope, ND, John attended school and graduated in 1935. He entered the military in February 1942, and the following year, he married Merna M. Lanthorn, of Portal, ND, on May 18, 1943, in Plentywood, MT.
Merna and her mother moved to Ellensburg when John was assigned to the 82nd Airborne, earning the rank of lst Lieutenant. It was during a practice jump in England that John’s parachute failed to open, but miraculously he landed on top of another paratrooper’s chute. He “caught a ride down” until close enough to the ground to roll off, so that the chute would open full again and not cause harm to his comrade. Suffering major injuries, John returned stateside and spent several years in an Army hospital.
Upon discharge, John joined his family in Ellensburg and began a career as a Rural Mail Carrier for the U.S. Post Office until his retirement in 1973.
John adored his wife of 69 1/2 years and doted on his daughters, his four grandchildren, and his seven great-grandsons, each knowing how special they were to him. He was an avid reader (100 pages a day until a month before his death), a consummate gardener (both flowers and vegetables), a walking encyclopedia, a self-taught handyman, and a great storyteller and humorist.
John and Merna traveled extensively around the United States, spending winters in Arizona and summers in Ellensburg and at their Cle Elum mountain retreat. But wherever the roads led in life, it was always John and Merna together.
To most he is known as John Egger – to those near and dear, he was Johnny, Uncle John, Poppa John, Poppa or Grandpa.
Survivors include wife Merna of Ellensburg, and daughters Karen (Terry) Clem of Bothell, WA, and their son, Steve (Katie) Clem of Portland, OR, and sons Will and Adam, and their daughter, Janelle (Doug) Pinski of Kirkland, WA, and sons Brooks, Cooper, and JT; and Patty (Paul) Adams of Fresno, CA, and their son, John of Fresno, and their daughter, Jennifer (Chris) Palmer of Seaside, OR, and sons Austin and Ryan; in addition to nieces and nephews, and close family friends Jan Paxton and Rosie Clem.
John was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ellensburg.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hospice Friends or First Presbyterian Church in care of Brookside Funeral Home 101 E 2nd Ave Ellensburg, WA 98926
A private family service will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent WA.
Brookside Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Jack Grann
1956-2012

A private family service for Jack Grann, age 56 of Westhope, was held in Westhope. Officiating at the service was the Reverend Barb Haugerud. Special music was provided. Casket bearers were all his family in attendance. Burial was in the Westhope Cemetery also of Westhope.
Jack Grann, a son of Lawrence and Katherine (Fraser) Grann, was born on August 6, 1956 at Bottineau. He was reared and graduated from Westhope High School in 1975. On November 5, 1976 he was married to Darla Glinz at Westhope. They live a mile south of Westhope where they have raised their two children. Jack has owned and operated the meat processing plant in Westhope. For a time in the early 80’s he worked in Alaska. He returned to Westhope where he had continued his meat processing career.
He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Westhope. Jack was a Volunteer Fireman for Westhope for a time. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Jack never met a stranger, he had a gift of being able to talk to anyone he met and instantly became friends.
Jack passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2012 in a Minot hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Darla of Westhope; son Jeremy Grann of Westhope; daughter Jocelyn Grann of Westhope; 3 grandchildren, Annika, Easton and Braysen; brother, Larry (Swede) Martinson of Bowman, ND; several cousins, nephews and nieces; and his best friend Eddie Farrell.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Janice; niece, Brenda and a great-niece, Destiny.
Arrangements were with the Nero Funeral Home of Westhope. Friends may sign the online register at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Edith Janet Huber
1919-2012


Funeral services for Edith Huber, age 93 of Westhope, were held on Tuesday, October 6, 2012 at 10:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Westhope. Officiating at the service was Randy Kimpland. Darlene Cameron and Amber Thorenson provided special music. Casket bearers were Travis Kirk, Darrick Heinert, Dennis Huber, Kip Huber, Gary Huber and Maurice Thorenson. Burial was at the Westhope Cemetery.
Edith Janet (Downs) Huber, a daughter of Arthur and Margaret (Campbell) Downs, was born on March 28, 1919 on the family farm north of Landa. They later moved to a farm north of Newburg. On September 20, 1946, she married Herb Huber at Sydney, MT. They made their home at Westhope where they raised their five children. They moved to Columbus, ND for a short time before returning to Westhope in 1964. When her children were nearly raised, she began working at the Gateway Hotel in Westhope as a desk clerk. She worked there for 13 years and then moved to Arvada, CO. She and Herb managed a hotel there for several years before returning to Westhope and Edith retired. Edith moved into the Westhope Home for the Aged in February of 2004 and into the Good Samaritan Center in Mohall on June 21, 2010.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Westhope. She was such a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She loved family time. She enjoyed the simple things in life, a cup of tea and good conversation. She was very considerate of others and was well respected. Edith made the most delicious bread and liked to do embroidery and raise a flower garden. She later enjoyed traveling, being close to her family and friends, reading and puzzle books.
Edith passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at a Minot hospital.
She is survived by her 4 children, Connie (Ron) Kirk of Minot, Larry Huber of Westhope, Perry (Brenda) Huber of Wichita, KS and Debbie (Dwaine) Kirk of Westhope; 8 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant sister, Margaret; 2 brothers, Arthur (Bud) Downs and Phillip Downs; son, Terry Huber and great granddaughter, Deandria Coleman.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Westhope. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Orvis Dahl
1926-2012

Funeral services for Orvis Dahl, age 86 of Westhope, were held on Monday, October 8, 2012 at 9:00 am at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Westhope. Officiating at the service was the Reverend Barb Haugerud. Amber Thorenson was the organist. Casket bearers were Alex Klingbeil, Troy Aftem, Don Aftem, Aaron McKechnie, Darren Foss and Kendall Foss. Military Honors were presented by the Westhope VFW and the North Dakota National Guard. Burial was at the Westhope Cemetery.
Orvis Clayton Royce Dahl, a son of John and Selma (Nelson) Dahl, was born on January 23, 1926 at Landa. He was reared there and graduated from Landa High School in 1943. He entered the US Navy in February of 1945. He was sent to radioman school in Hawaii. Following graduation, he was stationed at Wake Island and served as a radioman. He received his honorable discharge in may of 1946, and returned to the farm near Landa. On October 9, 1949, he married Geraldine Merle Foss. They moved to California in 1952 where he worked for Douglas Aircraft. He worked there until 1974 when they returned to the farm. He farmed for a few years and then operated the water treatment plant in Westhope. He retired in 1988.
Orvis was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Westhope. He was also a member of the Westhope VFW and the Westhope Senior Citizen Center. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Mouse River Homes.
Orvis passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at a Minot hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Merle of Westhope; sons, Lon (Debbie) Dahl of Henderson, CO, Ronald (Liz) Dahl of Grand Junction, CO; daughters, Janis (Jim) Houmann of Westhope and Diane (Denny) McKechnie of Westhope; 8 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brother, Bill Dahl of Royal Oaks, CA; sister, Ardell Cossette of Atascadero, CA and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Westhope. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Orpha Johnson
1920-2012

Orpha Johnson, age 92 of Turtle Lake, ND died Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Turtle Lake.
Burial will take place at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, Sept. 29th in the Turtle Lake Cemetery. The funeral service will follow at 10:30 Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Turtle Lake with Pastor Betty Stedman officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Orpha was born March 26, 1920 in Windom, MN to Oswald & Christine (Nevermoe) Austad. She graduated from South High School in Minneapolis, MN in 1938. She continued her education at the Swedish Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in 1942. She worked at the Swedish Hospital as an obstetrics nurse for a number of years. Orpha married Eldred Johnson on April 3, 1948 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. They lived in Mohall, ND where Eldred served as Lutheran Pastor of several local parishes. In 1952, they moved to Minocqua, WI where Eldred served as Pastor of a church and Orpha worked at the local hospital. In 1958, they moved to Westhope, ND. Orpha worked at the nursing home in Westhope until they moved to Turtle Lake, ND in 1973. Orpha worked as an obstetrics nurse at the Community Memorial Hospital in Turtle Lake for 10 years. Eldred, her husband of 59 years, passed away in March 2007. Orpha continued to make her home in Turtle Lake until her passing.
She is survived by her loving children, Kris (Barry) Neese of Lexington, KY, Dawn (Mike) Brewer of Fargo, & Joel (Vikki) Johnson of Turtle Lake; three grandchildren, four special (adopted) grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, one great grandchild, one sister-in-law, one brother-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
Orpha was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters (Agnes & Anna), & two brothers (Elgard & Obert).
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Friends of Madagascar Missions (PO Box 46381, Eden Prairie, MN 55344).
Provide condolences and sign the guestbook at www.goetzfuneralhomes.com
(Goetz Funeral Homes – Turtle Lake)

Sherman Tolstad
1952-2012

Funeral services for Sherman Tolstad, age 59, of Bottineau, formerly of Westhope, were held on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 10:00 am at the Lesje Lutheran Church at Souris. Officiating at the service was the Reverend Barb Haugerud. Becky Hanson was the organist and special music was provided by Alice and Chuck Damschen. Military Honors were presented by the North Dakota National Guard and the Bottineau County Veterans. Casket bearers were Dorian Dietrich, Scott Dietrich, Kirk Dietrich, Mitchell Opdahl, Gary Grosgebauer, Andrew Grosgebauer, Brandon Tolstad, Joshua Gotvaslee, Devin Tolstad and Preston Tolstad. Burial was at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery near Landa.
Sherman Jay Tolstad was born November 4, 1952 to Raymond and Minnie (Sletta) Tolstad at Westhope, ND; the day Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president of the United States. Sherman was born at Grandma Rosendahl’s Maternity Home Assisted by Dr. E. E. Greene. His mother would tell about the day he was born, as there was such a blinding dust storm that his dad walked into a tree on the way out of Mrs. Rosendahl’s. When he arrived home, he couldn’t find the cows. Sherman grew up on the family farm attending rural school, a year in Landa and graduating from Souris High School in 1970. He was a member of the Dakotans 4-H club, showing Herford cattle at many a fair. He was very mechanically inclined; between his father and brothers there was not much they couldn’t fix.
Sherman was baptized and confirmed at Lesje Lurtheran Church where he remained a member.
In March of 1972, after a year at State School of Science, Wahpeton, ND, Sherman enlisted in the US Army, serving most of his time in Germany. He was honorably discharged in March of 1975.
Sherman was employed by Phillips Petroleum Company until his health forced him to retire.
Sherman entered the Westhope Nursing Home in 1995; most recently he entered the home at St Andrew’s Hospital after the closing of the Westhope Home. Sherman fought a courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
He was once married to Vickie McKechnie of Westhope.
Sherman passed away on Friday, Sept 14, 2012 at a Minot hospital.
He is survived by brothers, Cordell (Sue Ellen) of Green Valley, AZ, Dwight (Robin) of Westhope, ND, four sisters, Sheila (Everett) Grosgebauer of Fessenden, ND, Barbara (Carroll) Opdahl of Westhope, ND, Olivia (Allen) Gotvaslee of Norwich, ND and Laurie Kay Tolstad of Spanaway, WA; 3 aunts; Clarice Ballantyne, Westhope, ND, Stella Rice, Minot, ND and Juliet Johnson of California and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Sherman was preceded in death by his parents; Raymond (03-1979) and Minnie (05-2009) brother in law, Chris James Dietrich (11-1972), niece Jenna Marie Tolstad (03-2007) his uncle Melvin Tolstad (04-2007) as well as his grandparents, many aunts and cousins.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral in Westhope. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Marcella"Sally"Artz
1917 - 2012

Marcella Artz, 95, Minot, ND, formerly of Antler, ND, passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at Trinity Hospital in Minot. Marcella Artz, 95, Minot, ND, formerly of Antler, ND, passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.
Marcella Frances “Sally” Zimmer was born July 17, 1917, the daughter of Peter and Mary (Helten) Zimmer, in Trier Township of Cavalier County, ND. Her mother, Mary, passed away when she was 18 months old. Her father, Peter later married Hilda Weber, and together they raised Marcella. She was raised on a farm near Munich, ND, and educated in Munich. She graduated from Munich High School in 1935.
Following her high school graduation, she worked at the Munich Post Office, before moving to Valley City, ND, where she worked as a checker at a grocery store and later at a café in Valley City, ND.
Sally married Aloysius James Artz May 10, 1943, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Munich, ND. Sally coached the Munich girl’s basketball team for a time. Following Aloysius’s discharge from the Army in 1946, they made their home on a farm at Antler, ND, where together they farmed and ranched.
Aloysius passed away August 3, 1980. Following her husband’s death, Sally continued to reside at Antler, until 1991, when she moved to Minot.
Sally was a former member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Antler, where she taught CCD classes, and of St. Andrews Catholic Church in Westhope. She was currently a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Minot, where she was a member of the St. Winifred’s Guild, the Confraternity of Christian Mother’s, and the Catholic Daughters of America. She served as secretary/treasurer of the Bottineau County Farm Bureau for over 32 years, was a 4-H Leader, and served as treasurer for the St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary. She volunteered countless hours with UniMed Hospital, Trinity Hospital, and Trinity Homes in Minot. As a charter member, she was instrumental in establishing the Peace Garden Special Education Board on which she served for 27 years and was a ground breaker in the state’s movement to begin to offer special education services for children with special needs. She also volunteered with the Easter Seals, Minot Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Mid-Dakota Chapter of the Red Cross, and Right to Life, by which she was honored for her many years of dedicated service.
Surviving family includes: children, Gary (Pat) Artz, Fargo, Mary Artz, Fargo, Helen (Gary) Mathwich, Havre, MT, Wayne B. Artz, Antler, Gail Artz, Fargo, Lois Titus, Casselton, and Mardell (Jeff) Dahlin, Kenmare; grandchildren, Sarah (John) Elkins, Sam Mathwich, Cyrus Artz, Joslyn (Brock) Braun, Rusty Dahlin, Gail’s children, Neil and Kevin; Travis Titus, Jessica Titus, Adriann (Tom) Shea, Matthew (Jen) Titus, Whitney (Shawn) Gravalin, and Amber, Courtney, Carmen, and Morgan Titus; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Pauline Argenziano, Fargo, Rosemary Steffan, of Michigan, Margaret Haugen, West Fargo, Mary Frances Becker, Devils Lake, ND, Sister Philip Zimmer, St. Joseph, MN, and Agnes (Joe) Hanigan, Lincoln, NE; brother, Eugene (Sharon) Zimmer; Colorado Springs, CO; sisters-in-law, Regina Hoffmann, Munich, Madeline Hoffmann, Grand Forks, and Esther Artz, Fergus Falls, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sally was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Aloysius; son, Neil Artz; and siblings, Clara Michels, Roman Zimmer, Ted Zimmer, A.C. Hoffmann, Michael Hoffmann, and Fr. Joe Zimmer.
Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, September 1, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment: Saturday at 2:00 pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Antler, ND.
Visitation: Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Vigil Prayer Service: Friday at 7:00 p.m. at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Minot.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Right to Life, St. Mary’s Cemetery in Antler, or to an organization of the donor’s choice.

Albert Lynn Sisk
1942-2012

Graveside services for Albert L. Sisk, age 70 of Westhope, were held on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. in the Westhope Cemetery. Officiating at the service was Randy Kimpland. Casket bearers were Sam Bloms, Harlan Branson, Bo Sisk, Jeff Brewer, Jim Berg and Dave Sisk.
Albert Lynn Sisk, a son of Abraham and Opal (Ritts) Sisk, was born on June 21, 1942 at Minot. He was reared and educated in Westhope. On July 12, 1960 he entered the US Navy. Albert was honorably discharged on July 2, 1964. He moved to Minneapolis married Kathleen Drake on February 4, 1967. They moved in 1978 to Westhope where they had resided since. Albert owned his own truck and was an over the road truck driver for many years. Kathleen passed away on August 22, 2008. Albert retired in 2008.
He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Albert passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2012 peacefully at his home.
He is survived by a son Bo Sisk of Minot; daughters, Barb (Sam) Warren-Bloms of Minneapolis, MN and Dini Sisk, her friend Rodney Langehaug of Westhope. Grandchildren, Steven Warren of Carbondale, IL, Brandi (Jeff) Warren of Minot and Hannah Langehaug of Westhope; great-granddaughter Bella Brewer; brothers, Larry Sisk of Fargo, Alvin Sisk of Kansas City, MO, Arlen Sisk of AZ, and Dave Sisk of Bottineau; and sisters, Cindy Mahler of TX and Lonnie Berg of Bottineau..
Albert was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a sister.
Arrangements are with the Nero Funeral Home of Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Darold Thompson
June 12, 1938–Sept. 4, 2012

Margaret Thompson
Feb. 7, 1937 – Sept. 8, 2012

SHERWOOD – Darold Erwin Thompson, 74, Sherwood, died Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at Trinity Hospital, Minot, after a brief battle with cancer.
Margaret Marie Thompson, 75, Sherwood, died Saturday, September 8, 2012, at home with her family.
Darold was born June 12, 1938, near Sherwood, to Walter Sr. and Marjorie (Graff) Thompson. He attended Eden Valley School and graduated from Sherwood High School in 1955. He began working for K.R. Flem Implement Dealership in Sherwood in addition to attending one year at Minot Business College.
Margaret was born February 7, 1937, in Bottineau, to Verl and Margaret (Galvin) Wyman. She was a player on the 1953 girls basketball state championship team, and graduated from Newburg High School in 1955. She attended St. Benedict College in St. Joseph, MN.
Darold Thompson and Margaret Wyman were married June 8, 1957, in Maxbass. Following their marriage, they lived in Sherwood, except for two years while Darold managed the K.R. Flem branch in Mohall. After they returned to Sherwood, Darold continued working part-time with K.R. Flem as a book keeper and parts man until the mid-1970s. Darold started farming west of Sherwood in 1963 and also had a dairy. He continued to farm with his sons until his death.
Darold and Margaret were both members of St. James Catholic Church, Sherwood. He enjoyed watching his kids play sports, hunting and wood working. Darold was an outgoing person who enjoyed visiting and never met a stranger.
Margaret was a stay-at-home mom who lovingly cared for her 13 children, whom she and Darold called “The Baker’s Dozen.” Margaret was a member of the St. James Altar Society, the church council, and was a CCD instructor/coordinator. She previously served as a 4H leader of the Eden Valley Busy Bees.
Margaret was a woman of great faith; she loved God, the Catholic Church, the Virgin Mary, and leading the Rosary was important to her. She loved gardening, family history, baking and sewing. She sewed first communion dresses for all of her daughters and granddaughters.
Family: children “The Baker’s Dozen,” Michelle (Tim) McMechan, Lyleton, Manitoba, Linda Mahlum, Bismarck, Michael (Terri) Thompson, Newburg, James (Sue) Thompson, Sherwood, Patrick Thompson, Bismarck, Kathy (Tim) Willis, Williamsburg, VA, Dean Thompson, Newburg, Kevin (Pamela) Thompson, Driscoll, Mary (Todd) Radenz, Jamestown, Shawn (Kerry) Thompson, Rice, MN, Steven (Heather) Thompson, Sherwood, Scott (Angie) Thompson, Bison, SD, and Mark (Beth) Thompson, Fairview, MT; 24 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Darold’s family includes brothers, Donald (Carol) Thompson, Carnduff, Sask., and Walter Jr. (Cynthia) Thompson, Minot; sister, Beverly (Melvin) Knutson, Post Falls, ID; sister-in-law, Grace Thompson, Berthold.
Margaret’s family includes sister, Irene (Vurl) Baumann, Cullman, Ala.; brothers, Dr. Allen (Linda) Wyman, Bismarck, and John (Debra) Wyman, Westhope.
Darold and Margaret were preceded in death by two grandsons, Jamie and Paul. Darold was preceded by his parents, Walter Sr. and Marjorie Thompson; and brother, Dennis Thompson; and Margaret was preceded by her parents, Verl and Margaret Wyman; her husband, Darold Thompson; and a nephew, Kody Wyman.
Darold’s Funeral: Saturday, September 8, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., at St. James Catholic Church, Sherwood.
Margaret’s Funeral: Thursday, September 13, 2012, at 2:00 p.m., at St. James Catholic Church, Sherwood.
Burial: Sherwood Union Cemetery, Sherwood.
Rosary: The rosary service for Margaret will be Today at 7:00 p.m., at the church.
Visitation: Visitation for Margaret will be today, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the church.
(Brose Funeral Home, Mohall)

Gordon Montgomery
1928-2012

Funeral services for Gordon Montgomery, age 84 of Billings, MT formerly of Westhope, were held on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Westhope. Officiating at the service was Randy Kimpland. Special music was provided by Don and Darlene Cameron. Casket bearers were Barry Deschamp, LeRoy Anderson, Tim Deschamp, Dennis McKechnie, Sean Henry, Myron Lodoen, Roger Nielsen and Tom Henry. Military Honors were presented by the Westhope VFW and the North Dakota National Guard. Burial was at the Westhope Cemetery.
Gordon L. Montgomery, a son of Samuel and Leila (McLeod) Montgomery, was born on January 9, 1928 at Fullerton, ND. He was reared there and later graduated from Lamoure High School. He entered the US Army on October 3, 1946 and served in Japan until receiving his Honorable Discharge on January 19, 1948. He was united in marriage with Shirley Jensen on June 18, 1950 at the First Presbyterian Church in Westhope. To this union four daughters were born, Wanda, Marla, Linda and Velda. They made their home in Lamoure where he worked as an automobile and implement mechanic. In 1963, they moved to Westhope and began farming. In the winter months he drove truck for Cardinal Drilling and did mechanic work at the Westhope Farmer’s Union. He retired from farming in 1981. In 1980 he began working at the Westhope School as a bus driver and custodian. He worked there until his retirement in 2004. On April 1, 2012 he moved into the Highgate Senior Living Center in Billings, MT where he enjoyed his family time and his many new friendships.
He was a member of the Cottonwood Presbyterian Church in Fullerton, ND, the First Presbyterian Church in Lamoure and finally the First Presbyterian Church in Westhope where he served as a Trustee for many years. He was also a member of the Westhope VFW. He enjoyed dancing, gardening, stained glass work and writing poetry. He also enjoyed being a clown in local parades and other community activities.
Gordon passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at a Billings, MT assisted living center.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley of Billings; 4 daughters, Wanda (Darold) Berube of Billings, Marla (Donald) of Jamestown, Linda (Alan) Lee of Billings and Velda (Paul) Sivertson of Casper, WY; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Delmar Montgomery (Marian) of Lamoure, ND; sisters, Margaret Schaeffer of Salem, OR and Mildred (Rod) Olson of Turner, OR and nieces and nephews.
He has been reunited in his heavenly home with his parents, brothers, many cousins, friends and others he loved in his life.
Arrangements were with Dahl Funeral Home in Billings and Nero Funeral Home in Westhope. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Lester Roger
Halstead
1942-2012

Rock Springs, WY - Lester Roger Halstead, 70, of Rock Springs died August 24, 2012 at his home after a lengthy illness.
He was born April 26, 1942 in Maxbass, North Dakota, the son of Lester R. Halstead and Hazel Kettleson Halstead. He attended schools in Maxbass and graduated from Maxbass High School with the class of 1961.
He married Carolyn L. Miller on February 12, 1972 in Sheridan, Wyoming.
He owned an operated a water service business to the oil fields, retiring in 2007 after 30 years.
His interests were hunting, camping, and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife Carolyn Halstead; son Robert Halstead; daughters Alice I. Halstead, Kathy Nygard, and Robbin Marie Halstead; brother Ronald E. Halstead; sisters Sharon Olson, Tammy Schell, Linda Amedson, Sonja Barton, and Barbara Halstead; grandchildren Jordan Halstead, Cameron Colley, Karen Wood, Jonathan Neuenschwander and numerous other grandchildren; great-grandchildren Ellisa Neuenschwander and Tiana Rose Halstead; nieces and nephews Stacy Colvin, Shelby Colvin, David Halstead, Ambrose Floate, Jennie Barton, Lori Dickinson, Yone Halstead, Carl Barton, Devey Dahlheimer and numerous others nieces and nephews; numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter.
Cremation has taken place at Fox Crematory, Rock Springs.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Fox Funeral Home, 2800 Commercial Way, Rock Springs. Pastor Richard Carlson will officiate. Inurnment will take place in the Rock Springs Municipal Cemetery.
Condolences for family can be left by going to www.foxfh.com.


Verland Kissner
1940-2012

ANTLER – Verland Wayne “Bucky” Kissner, 72, Antler, died Saturday, August 18, 2012, at a Minot hospital.
Bucky was born March 6, 1940, in Westhope, to Vern and Helen (Walton) Kissner. He attended Antler school then went on to work in farming and ultimately the oil fields.
In 1958, he married Shirley Arneson. They began a family, and over the course of the years, they had five children, Susan, Mark, Tammy, Kevin and Verland.
In 1965, he moved to the West coast with his family and worked in heavy construction building bridges and docks. He retired from his career as a union carpenter in the early 1990s. He and his wife of 54 years moved back to the Antler area to retire and enjoy their time together farming, gardening, fishing and hunting. In addition to this, he enjoyed doing carpentry work, tinkering in his shop and entertaining the grandkids when they come for the summer.
Family: Bucky is survived by his wife, Shirley Kissner, Antler; five loving children, Susan (Keith) Riedl, Snohomish, WA, Mark Kissner, Bonney Lake, WA, Tammy Sparling, Bonney Lake, WA, Kevin (Patty) Kissner, Puyallup, WA, Verland (Amy) Kissner, Bonney Lake, WA; seven grandchildren and two great-grandsons; sister, Donna (Gabe) Thompson, Antler; brothers, Terry (Janet) Kissner, Westhope, and Leonard Kissner, Soap Lake, WA; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bucky was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Carmela; brother, Lyle Kissner; and sister, Darlene Elven.
Funeral: Thursday, August 23, 2012, at 2:00 p.m., at the Antler Community Church, Antler.
Burial: Antler Cemetery, Antler.

Wilma Feland
1914-2012

ANTLER – Wilma Feland, 98, rural Antler, died Sunday, August 12, 2012, at a Mohall nursing home.
Wilma was born July 17, 1914, near Warren, MN, to William and Petra (Sorenson) Engelstad. Following the deaths of her parents, she was raised in Rosewood, MN, by her aunt and uncle, Selmer and Evelyn Haugen. Following her schooling, she worked for a couple in Grand Forks. It was there that she met Ralph Feland, of Antler, who was working at a Grand Forks sugar beet processing plant.
Wilma married Ralph on January 11, 1933, in Grand Forks. They moved back to Antler and resided for two years on the R.O. Feland farm. They moved to the present farm in Wheaton Township, Bottineau County, five miles west of Antler. Wilma and Ralph ranched and farmed for many years, raising sheep and cattle. Their son, Duane, joined in the operation of the family farm in 1953. Ralph and Wilma retired in the early 1960s and spent 35 winters in Harlingen, TX. Ralph died April 1, 2000. Wilma moved to the Brentmoor in Minot in 2002 and to the Good Samaritan Society in Mohall in 2010.
Wilma was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church, rural Antler, and the Bethel Willing Workers. In her younger years, she served as a Girl Scout leader, and was a member of the Club of Progress for 55 years. Wilma enjoyed working with her hands; she crocheted, knitted, and was a professional seamstress. She will be remembered as a woman with class, and a wonderful mother and mother-in-law.
Family: son, Duane, (LaDonna) Feland, Antler; grandchildren, Terri (Scott) Moum, Minot, Shane (Heidi) Feland, Antler, Dean (Lori) Feland, Antler, Dana (Chad) Driscoll, Sherwood, and Steve (Carma) Feland, Regina, Sask.; 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, husband, aunt and uncle who raised her; half-brother, Chester Engelstad; and half sister, Iola Tofteland.
Funeral: Friday, August 17, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., at Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church, rural Antler.
Burial: Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church Cemetery, rural Antler.
Family Service: Thursday, August 16, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., at the church.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, but friends may sign the guestbook Thursday, from noon to 5:00 p.m., at Brose Funeral Home, Mohall.

Helen Martin
1914 - 2012

Graveside services for Helen Martin, 97, a longtime Westhope resident, were held on Saturday, August 11 at 11:00 AM at the Westhope Cemetery. Officiating at the service was Randy Kimpland. Special music a Violinist: Jim Tengesdal and a Cellist: Kari Moen.
Helen was born to Charles and Lena (Hamill) Bush on August 25, 1914 in Brander Township, south of Westhope. There she grew up along with her older brother, Darrell, on their family farm. She attended Brander School, graduating in 1932. Following high school, she remained on the farm and helped her family survive the depression years of the 1930's. On March 27, 1946 she married Leonard Martin in Westhope. Together, they established a new farmstead two miles south of Westhope early in the 1950s. In 1977, they moved their house into Westhope. Leonard died on March 9, 1979. Helen continued to live in Westhope, moving to Edgewood Vista in Minot in 2003. In 2011, she moved to Bethany Homes in Fargo.
She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Westhope. Along with church activities, she enjoyed dedicating time to the Westhope Garden Club, the Westhope Area Arts Group and the local Homemakers Club. She enjoyed playing cards, table games, gardening, cooking, sewing and reading. Helen was a very devoted wife and mother, selfless in serving her family and community. Her gracious smile will be remembered by those who knew her.
Helen passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2012 in a Fargo nursing home.
Helen is survived by two daughters; Marjorie Martin of Side Lake, MN and Rosalyn (Charlie) Krumwiede of Fargo, ND; and son, Merlin (Joanie) Martin of Westhope. She treasured six grandchildren; Katie Krumwiede (John Myers), Minneapolis, MN, K.C. Krumwiede, Fargo, ND, Courtney (Michael) DeRisio, Rye, NY, Lee Martin, Cape Coral, FL, Ty Martin, Golden Valley, MN, Alec Martin, Missoula, MT; and one great-grandchild, Stella DeRisio. Several nieces and nephews also survive and are thanked for their continued support and visits.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard; and brother, Darrell.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Westhope Cemetery, Westhope Garden Club or organization of choice.
Arrangements were with the Nero Funeral Home of Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

David Hoskin
1953 – 2012

MAXBASS – David Hoskin, 58, Pick City, formerly of Maxbass, died Friday, July 27, 2012, at a Bismarck hospital.
He was born September 13, 1953, in Minot, to Donald and Ellen (Koons) Hoskin. He was raised in Lewis Township, Bottineau County, south of Maxbass and graduated from Maxbass High School in 1973.
David married Maureena Streich, on November 30, 1973. They lived in Maxbass where he worked for the Bottineau County Road Crew. He worked for Martin Construction in Dunn Center and Bergstrom Construction in Antler. In the late 1970s, he and some friend started North Star Construction. He later went into business by himself with North Star Construction, Inc. The company consisted of David; his son, Dale; and David’s nephew, T.J. Streich. He decided earlier in 2012 to hire more to help with the workload and found three guys from California. His company built oil sites, county roads, building pads, tank battery sites and reclaim sites in many locations northwest of a line from Medora to the Peace Gardens.
David was a true entrepreneur. He could look at a project and envision how the finished product should look, and knew exactly how much work was involved to get it that way. He grew and sold enough potatoes to purchase his first piece of equipment. He always planted potatoes, even talking his family into trying to sell 1800 lbs. of seed potatoes this spring. Only 700 lbs. sold; 1100 lbs. were planted. His entrepreneurial mind was always thinking of money making ideas: among them was a hot dog stand, a hot tamale stand or a doughnut stand.
David will be remembered as a political persuader, as a man who made many friends through work and was well liked by many, could never say no to a friend, as one who never had to look for work, believed in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay and for teaching his family to care for themselves.
David enjoyed hunting, fishing, raccoon hunting, black Dodge diesel pickups, eating goodies, and searching for things on the internet (as long as someone else was running the computer). He looked forward to searching for equipment to buy and sell; a job he wanted during retirement.
Family: wife of 38 years, Maureena, Pick City; children, Dale (Raquel) Hoskin, Maxbass, and Connie Hoskin (Brent Albertson), Minot; grandchildren (Dale and Raquel’s), Aja and Dalton Hoskin; brothers, Raymond (Judy) Hoskin, Minot, Ronald (Terri) Hoskin, Maxbass, Leonard (Deb) Hoskin, Maxbass, Rodney (Shana) Hoskin, Maxbass; sister, Joann (Terry) Kotzer, Glenburn; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
David was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Funeral: Friday, August 3, 2012, at 4:00 p.m., at English Lutheran Church, Maxbass.
Burial: Graceland Cemetery, Maxbass.
Family Service: Friday, 2:00 p.m., at the church.
Visitation: Friends may sign the guestbook beginning at noon on Friday at the church.
After the graveside service, the family invites all to a barbecue in honor of Dave’s life at the Dale Hoskin residence in Maxbass.
(Brose Funeral Home, Mohall)

Imogene (Armer) Lesmann
1938-2012

Funeral services for Imogene Avis (Armer) Lesmann, age 74 of Westhope, were held on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 10:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Westhope. Officiating at the services was Randy Kimpland. Special music was provided by Barbara Lee and Wayne Artz. Casket bearers were Olen Hagen, Steve Hagen, Lyle (Butch) Lesmann, Duane Lesmann, Robert Lesmann and James Burcham. Vince Nygaard and Lester Lesmann served as ushers. All of Imogene’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren served as honorary pallbearers. Burial was at the Westhope Cemetery.
Imogene was born on July 7, 1938 in Westhope to Lorne and Mildred (Fulwiler) Armer. She was reared there and graduated in 1956 as valedictorian of Westhope High School. During her high school years, she was employed at the Westhope Standard as linotype operator. Following the completion of her formal education, she enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in August of 1956.
September 19, 1956 Imogene Avis Armer married Albert Lesmann in Bottineau, North Dakota at Bottineau County Courthouse. Following their marriage, they made their home in Westhope, North Dakota, where they continued to make their home until the time of Imogene’s death. Together, the couple had six children.
Imogene was an avid gardener, spending much of her time enjoying her garden and her flowers. She spent her life encouraging others and helping in any way that she could. She also made sure that no one ever left her house hungry. She insisted that everyone who visited her had to eat. She loved to bake. Her specialties were Firm-a-pan buns, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and raisin-oatmeal cookies. Imogene would send a whole tray of baked goodies home with every visitor.
She enjoyed crocheting in her spare time making beautiful gifts for all of her children and grandchildren. She left her legacy by teaching her daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to crochet.
Imogene and Albert successfully owned and operated two businesses: Al’s Repair Shop and Northern Ready Mix & Excavation. She was a full-time bookkeeper for both businesses and for Tim’s Automotive of Westhope.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Westhope, where she was a member of United Presbyterian Women for several years.
Imogene left her earthly home to meet with the angels on July 9, 2012. She was surrounded by her family and friends. She was very loved and will be deeply missed by her family.
She is survived by her husband, Al of Westhope; children, Kenneth (Keryl) Lesmann of Minot, Timothy (Diane) Lesmann of Westhope, Catherine (Michael) Werner of Farmington, MN, Linda (Greg) Laber of Westhope, Todd (Laura) Lesmann of Bottineau, and Holly (Jason) Klokstad of Westhope; and 13 grandchildren: Kari (Tim) Stiel, Kasey (Sylvia) Lesmann, Karter (Allison) Lesmann, Konni (Lesmann) Graham; Trisha Engstrom, Melody (Cameron) Shelkey; Desiree (Ryan) Gleason, Jessica (Brett) Heckel, Danika (Beau) Nevin, Katrina Eubank, Brittany Eubank, Brandi Burcham, Michael Eubank; and several great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles Armer of Westhope and Larry Armer of Billings.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lorne and Mildred Armer; brother, James Armer; sisters, Hazel Hagen, Mary Sisk; Carolyn Lesmann; Phyllis Hagen; grandson, Justin Laber, great-grandson, Dakota Nevin: and nephews, Gerald Hagen and Robert (Bob) Sisk.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net.

Jeannette Helen Larson
1937-2012

Jeannette Helen (Himle) Larson was born July 5, 1937 in Antler, North Dakota to Allie (Baska) Himle and Theodore Himle. Jeannette was residing in Ham Lake, Minnesota and passed away on July 13, 2012 at home surrounded by family and friends after a long and serious illness.
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Jeannette grew up in Antler, ND and graduated from Westhope High School in 1955. She married Gary Larson on October 12, 1957 and moved to Minnesota. Together they started Northern Asphalt in 1960 and ran it together for 50 years. Jeannette enjoyed music, dancing, cards, and, of course, the casino. She also enjoyed watching her grandchildren in whatever sports they were participating. Jeannette was a very spiritual lady and a beloved wife, mother and grandmother to 6 grandchildren.
Jeannette is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, daughters and son, Jenene Krogstad, Greg Larson (Audrey Barry), Deanna Lee (Randy Braastad), Sandra Grzesiak (Brian) and grandchildren Jason and Jake Krogstad, Steven Larson, Timm Barry, Samantha Lee, and Tyler Grzesiak; siblings Marlene Heth, Donald (Judy) Himle, Jean (Ron) Aalund, Margie (Willard) Steinhaus, Gordon Himle, Shirley (Rodney) Conway.
She was preceeded in death by her parents, brothers Robert and Maurice Himle, sister Merle, brother-in-law LeRoy Heth and son-in-law Mike Krogstad.
Memorials preferred to Alzheimer’s Association, Minnesota/North Dakota Chapter, 7900 W. 78th St. Ste. #100 Minneapolis, MN 55429.
Memorial service will be held at Glen Cary Lutheran Church in Ham Lake, MN on July 17, 2012. Visitation at 4:00 and service at 4:40 with a celebration of life after at Hidden Haven Golf Club.

Selmer Nermyr
1909-2012

Selmer Nermyr, 102, Las Cruces, NM and formerly of Bella Vista Ark., Minot, ND and Westhope died on July 4, 2012 in a Las Cruces retirement home.
Selmer was born on July 25, 1909 on a farm in Sergius Township of Bottineau County, twenty-five miles from the Canadian border, near Westhope, ND to Herbrand and Margit Lilleslet Nermyr. He was the third oldest in a family of eight children. He attended grade school in the one-room rural Sergius schoolhouse and Newburg High School, graduating in 1926 with four other students, even though he played “hooky” the final three months of his senior year when his older brother became ill and Selmer was needed to help plant the crops. As a young adult he worked on the family farm for several years prior to moving to Minot in the early 1930’s. Jobs were scarce and Selmer had several different jobs, before finding steady work in a creamery where he worked 10 hour days and was paid twenty-five cents an hour.
Selmer married Elizabeth dePlace on October 31, 1935 (Halloween) in Minot and they made their home in Eastwood Park. Their only child, Jim, was born in 1940. In early 1941 Selmer joined his father-in-law in operating a grocery store in Maxbass, ND. When the store burned in 1948 Selmer moved his family to McIntosh, MN where he purchased and operated another grocery store. He sold that store in 1954 and moved his family back to Minot where he was employed at Shark’s Men’s Clothing store for two years before he was hired by the Minot Post Office as a mail carrier. Selmer worked for the postal service for seventeen years until he retired in 1973 after also serving as a postal supervisor and managing the downtown branch office. Selmer and Elizabeth retired in Bella Vista, Arkansas in 1975 where they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1985. After an extended illness Elizabeth passed away in 1996. Selmer moved to the Concordia Retirement Home in Bella Vista in 2004 and later to the Village at Northrise Retirement Community in Las Cruces, NM in 2010.
While Selmer was employed by the postal service in the mid-1950’s he built the family’s split-level two bedroom home in Minot, doing almost all of the work himself. The home included a one bedroom apartment and a studio apartment on the lower level.
Selmer liked to go on family driving trips that were usually unplanned. The family drove (with many side trips and much sightseeing) until they ran out of time or money, or both. When Selmer decided he needed a hobby for retirement he began golfing when he was almost 60 years old. He continued to golf regularly (except when he took several years off to care for Elizabeth) until he “retired” in 2002. He was proud of his long drives and in his 80’s was heard to say how he enjoyed out-driving those 50 and 60 year old “kids”. The summer of 2007 was special for Selmer when he attended a family reunion in Minnesota where he celebrated with three sisters, a brother and many relatives. During his retirement he especially enjoyed walking outdoors and, after moving to New Mexico, viewing the nearby mountains. He also enjoyed playing cards and was an excellent (and lucky) cribbage player.
Selmer’s loving family includes his son James (Judith) Nermyr of Las Cruces NM; grandchildren: Tamera Nermyr of Plymouth MN, Michelle Winters of Phoenix AZ, John Nermyr of Richfield MN and Anthony Nermyr of Plymouth MN; great grandchildren: Lindsay, Tyler, Charles, Jack, Nicholas and Maxwell Nermyr all of the Minneapolis area; siblings: Lillian Jespersen of New Hope MN and Palmer Nermyr of Westhope; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Selmer was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sisters: Inga Moum, Gudrun McHaney, Alice Lodoen and Pauline Howard; brother: Arnold Nermyr and granddaughter April Nermyr.
Funeral Service: Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Zion Lutheran Church – Minot.
Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens – Minot.
Visitation: Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home – Minot.
Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimers Foundation C/O Bonnie Zeiler Village at Northrise- 2884 North Roadrunner Parkway - Las Cruces, New Mexico - 88011.




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