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MERLYN A. BRUSVEN
Aug. 6, 2014
Merlyn Brusven of Genesee, ID, passed peacefully on Aug. 6, 2014. He was surrounded by his loved ones at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle, WA.

Merlyn and his surviving, beloved wife, Glenna, were married for 55 years.

Their children are Laura Lynn of CO, Marcie (Gary) Gonser of WA, and Paul (Annette) Brusven of ID;

grandchildren, Hayden (James), Cheyanne (Eric), Zachary and Jamie of CO, Nathan and Erica of WA, Tessa and Cole of ID; great grandchildren, Josiah and Kirra of CO.

Merlyn grew up in Columbus. He was the oldest son of John and Dorothy Brusven (now deceased). He was very close to his brother, Lavern Brusven of Bozeman, MT and sister, Luanna Peters of Sausalito, CA. He had fond memories of flying his father’s Piper Cub airplane.

He graduated from Columbus High School in 1955 and went on to earn a Master of Science degree at North Dakota State Univ. After teaching two years at Friend’s University in Wichita, KS, he earned a PhD from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. He began his career at the University of Idaho in 1965, as a Professor of Entomology.

He enjoyed his many research projects, working with his graduate students, and interaction with colleagues. After 33 years of service, he retired in 1998.

He launched into his retirement years passionately enjoying his many interests, including horses, gardening, fishing, hunting, lapidary work, playing piano and accordion, participation in church, family, and maintaining many meaningful relationships.

“You will be missed here on earth but we celebrate your eternal presence in heaven with your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Merlyn’s memorial celebration will be hosted by the Moscow Church of the Nazarene (East 6th and Mtn. View) at 11 a.m. on Aug. 30. Lunch reception following.

CLARA WESTERNESS
June 10, 1923 - Aug. 13, 2014
Clara Westerness, 91, of Kenmare, ND, formerly of Bowbells and Columbus, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at the Kenmare Skilled Nursing Unit. Funeral was held Monday, Aug. 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Bowbells with interment in the Bowbells Community Cemetery.

Clara Marie Westerness was born June 10, 1923, the daughter of John W. and Esther (Ostenrud) Matson, on the family farm located northeast of Battleview. She was raised on the family farm and attended a country school in the area. As a young adult, she worked as a hired girl on neighboring farms.

Clara married Alvin Westerness November of 1942, at Plentywood, MT. They made their home on a farm located in Leaf Mountain Township of Burke County, south of Columbus, where they raised their two daughters. They later moved to Bowbells, where Clara enjoyed visiting and playing cards with friends. She also enjoyed helping friends who needed assistance.

Alvin passed away in February of 1991. In August of 2004, she moved into the Kenmare Baptist Home, where she continued to reside until she had fallen and broken her hip and had to move into the Kenmare Skilled Nursing Unit, where she received wonderful care and was treated like family by their staff and Dr. Jody Olson.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbus and attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Bowbells.

Her loving family includes: daughters, Genevieve (Jack) Aufforth of Bowbells and Shirley Driessen of Jamestown;
grandchildren, Jon (Tara) Eggen, Dawn-Marie (Jeremy) Johnson, Darci Eggen (Todd Theede), J.R. (Miranda) Aufforth, Raymond (Marni) Driessen and Ted Driessen;
16 great grandchildren;
brothers, Calvin Matson of Damascas, OR and Willard Matson of Devils Lake;
sisters, Lily Hajj of Lincoln, NE and Betsy (Palmer) Bakken of Fargo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Clara was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alvin Westerness; sisters, Ethel, Agnes, and Millie; and brothers, Robert, Benny and Delano.

Memorials: are preferred to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Bowbells, or the Kenmare Hospital.

Those wishing to sign the online register and share memories may access the online obituaries section at (www.thompsonlarson.com).
(Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot)







2013-14 OBITUARIES
CLARA WESTERNESS
June 10, 1923 - Aug. 13, 2014

MERLYN A. BRUSVEN
Aug. 6, 2014

JERALD ERICKSON
Oct. 6, 1941 - Aug. 2, 2014

BRAD TORKELSON
Sept. 1, 1957 - July 30, 2014

IONE SORENSEN
Feb. 6, 1932 - Jan. 24, 2014

Mary McIntyre
March 12, 1922 - July 19, 2014

Carmen Skalicky
July 15, 1972 - July 12, 2014

Brinlee Thorlakson
July 12, 2014 - July 12, 2014

Arthur Faaren
Dec. 1 1926 - July 5, 2014

Ronald Owens
June 29, 1940 - June 20, 2014

Helen Gleave
Aug. 19, 1922 - July 5, 2014

Colleen Mickelsen
March 8, 1928 - June 28, 2014

Mabel Ekstrom
Aug. 9, 1912 - June 15, 2014

Shayla Burau
Aug. 18, 1975 - June 8, 2014

Evelyn Meyer
March 8, 1917 - June 1, 2014

Roger Helwig
May 30, 1934 - May 26, 2014

Mary Ann Grelewicz
Jan. 28, 1927 - May 12, 2014

BETTY DAY
July 13, 1928- May 24, 2014

LAUREL WOLKENHAUER
May 23, 1961 - May 9, 2014

JAMES HERMAN
July 27, 21935 - May 15, 2014

DALE DARRAS
July 23, 1937- May 9, 2014

ROBERT GANSKOP
Dec. 18, 1934 - May 1, 2014

THELMA LIEN
June 5, 1916 - April 30, 2014

ARDELL POLLERT
Aug. 27, 1938 - May 3, 2014

HARLAN BOEN
June 25, 1946 - April 16, 2014

DONALD BENGE
July 10, 1929 - April 20, 2014

DENNIS RUPPERT
April 28, 1949 - April 9, 2014

AMIE TORGERSON
Jan. 15, 1929 - April 7, 2014

WAYNE NESS
Feb. 26, 1954 - April 2, 2014

MARGERUITE LEE
April 15, 1919 - Feb. 9, 2014

HELEN HAMMOND
April 30, 1917 - April 2, 2014

HELEN NIELSEN
Sept. 14, 1928 - April 1, 2014

SYLVIA EVENSON
Oct. 19, 1922 - March 26, 2014

WILEY POST
May 30, 1934 - March 26, 2014

LYNN ANDERSEN
Jan. 21, 1918 - March 19, 2014

JAY KNUTSON
May 28, 1962 - March 12, 2014

SCOTT PFEIFER
Oct. 12, 1969 - Feb. 26, 2014

STEVE KNUTSON
May 23, 1960 - Feb. 25, 2014

WILBUR FRANK SIMLIK
June 19, 1921 - Feb. 12, 2014

JOAN KALMBACH
Dec. 26, 1946 - Feb. 17, 2014

DELORES DURWARD
Oct. 26, 1934 - Feb. 23, 2014

ALVINA MCDONALD
July 21, 1918 - Feb. 19, 2014

MARGERUITE LEE
April 15, 1919 - Feb. 9, 2014

DELORES BRYAN
Feb. 15, 1926 - Feb. 5, 2014

KENNETH CHRISTIANSON
April 15, 1944 - Jan. 30, 2014

THERESA VELO
Nov. 15, 1921 - Jan. 26, 2014

IONE SORENSEN
Feb. 6, 1932 - Jan. 24, 2014

ELLA BOEN
Nov. 24, 19l8 - Jan. 20, 2014

VOYLE GRINDELAND
May 19, 1935 - Dec. 21, 2013

BERNIECE BENSON
Aug. 29, 1926 - Dec. 30, 2013

MARILYN RENAULT
March 2, 1960 - Dec. 21, 2013

REGINA SMITH
May 3, 1926 - Dec. 20, 2013

MARCIA OWENS
Sept. 30, 1952 - Dec. 4, 2013

BRIAN DEVER
Nov. 25, 1978 - Dec. 4, 2013

JOHN ROERING
Nov. 15, 1939 - Nov. 28, 2013

MILDRED EDWARDS
Nov. 10,1918 - Nov. 25, 2013

LEON MCGINNITY
Aug. 29, 1935 - Nov. 25, 2013

JUSTIN BLOM
Sept. 25, 1976 - Nov. 22, 2013

WALLEN HELSETH
March 28, 1924 - Nov. 22, 2013

JUNIETTA "JUNE" SWENSON
June 18, 1924 - Nov. 20, 2013

LOIS TINJUM
Sept. 19, 1921 - Nov. 12, 2013

HELEN EKBERG
Nov. 29, 1914 - Oct. 24, 2013

JOHN HENRICKS
Feb. 26, 1937 - Nov. 3, 2013

DONALD YOUNG
Oct. 24, 2013

ALVINA GREENFIELD
July 30, 1921 - Oct. 27, 2013

LLOYD BLY
March 30, 1926 - Oct. 24, 2013

LORRAINE HELWIG
July 8, 1937 - Oct. 14, 2013

ARTHUR HAGA
July 30, 1925 - Oct. 12, 2013

MERWYN LARSEN
Sept. 11, 1931 - Oct. 11, 2013

DANIEL BLOM
Dec. 30, 1966 - Oct. 5, 2013

TYLER GLEAVE
Oct. 27, 1982 - Sept. 28, 2013

FREDRICK EWALT
June 16, 1950 - Sept. 28, 2013

BARBARA NEGAARD
Dec. 1, 1952 - Sept. 23, 2013

GLENDON KRIESE
July 9, 1923 - Sept. 23, 2013

DUANE CARLSON
March 11, 1939 - Sept. 9, 2013

PATRICIA HORNTVEDT
Nov. 3, 1933 - Sept. 1, 2013

RONALD BREDING
March 13, 1935 -Aug. 22, 2013

MAE WEGENER
May 6, 1924 -Aug. 18, 2013

DONNA SPRINGAN
July 3, 1929 -Aug. 18, 2013

HELEN BYSTEDT
Dec. 9, 1909 -Aug. 14, 2013

JOHN ANDERSON
Feb. 27, 1932 - Aug. 12, 2013

ESTHER PETERSON
June 30, 1920 -Aug. 9, 2013

RUTH HELDE
April 20, 1947 -Aug. 3, 2013

CALMER OVERLEE
April 22, 1923 -August 2, 2013

LAVONNE EMERSON
March 31, 1920 - June 29, 2013

ALICE KESSLER
Oct. 11, 1922 - July 14, 2013

SHIRLEY HOHEISEL
Aug. 21, 1935 - July 1, 2013

BONNIE MACPETRIE
June 29, 2013

JEROME "JERRY" DURICK
May 5, 1941 - June 27, 2013

GERRY NATHE
Feb. 3, 1934 - June 25, 2013

NOLAN GRUBB
March 23, 1951 - Jan. 30, 2013

KRISTI HAGER
May 16, 1965 - June 22, 2013

JANEL DOCKTER
July 7, 1961 - June 20, 2013

MARY MUNT ROHNER
Jan. 19, 1944 - June 14, 2013

FLOYD HALVERSON
May 26, 2013

JOYCE SETTERLUND
July 10, 1933 - June 5, 2013

LINDA HILL
Feb. 21, 1952 - May 31, 2013

LARRY SWENSON
April 13, 1945 - May 30, 2013

BEATRICE "BABE" OVERLEE
Nov. 29, 1924 - May 29, 2013

DOROTHY ELSTAD
Dec. 6, 1927 - May 20, 2013

ROBERT L. SETTERLUND

MYRTLE JOHNSON
Feb. 17, 1915 - May 3, 2013

JOHN FAY
May 25, 1923-May 6, 2013

DONOVAN PETERSEN
Jan. 22, 1929 - April 7, 2013

GARY B. RAWN
Feb. 10, 1944 - April 23, 2013

TWILA ENGET
Dec. 7, 1923 - April 6, 2013

DOLORES WATTERUD
Nov. 29, 1929 - April 15, 2013

ILENE BEECHER
April 22, 1923 - April 20, 2013

AUDREY ERICKSON
June 28, 1933 - April 16, 2013

GAYLON GERARD
1928 - March 21, 2013

MARVIN NORDBY
Feb. 13, 1924 - April 8, 2013

TERESA HENDERSON
November 14, 1954 - March 10, 2013

OTIS SCHWARTZ
July 15, 1915 - March 31, 2013

GAYNELLE "PETIE" DURWARD
November 12, 1928 - February 28, 2013

DAVID BIRD
Sept. 13, 1947 - March 8, 2013

JOHN REDMER
Feb. 9, 1920 - March 6, 2013

EVA HASS
May 5, 1921 - February 23, 2013

ELSIE SINK IHMELS
November 26, 1917 - February 19, 2013

FRED RUDE
January 13,1921 - February 13,2013

EVELYN WESTERNESS
October 19,1929 - February 8,2013




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