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FATHER KENNETH WALD
Jan. 31, 1932 - March 22, 2015
Father Kenneth Wald, 83, of Minot, formerly of Bismarck and Douglas, completed his journey to meet his Lord on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at Thursday, March 26 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Minot with interment at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Douglas.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Bishop Ryan Catholic School c/o Fr. Kenneth Wald Scholarship Fund.

Kenneth J. Wald was born January 31, 1932, in Strasburg, ND, to Ignatius “Scotty” and Lillian (Uhrich) Wald. He was the oldest of six children. He attended St. Benedict’s Catholic Grade School in Strasburg where in the second grade he fell in love with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and received his calling to the Catholic priesthood.

He furthered his Catholic education at St. Mary’s Grade and High Schools in Bismarck, St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, and St. Paul’s Seminary in St. Paul, MN. While in the seminary, he was the personal attendant for Archbishop Sheen for a week and it was the greatest experience of his life.

He was ordained a priest on June 2, 1957, by Bishop Hacker at the Cathedral of Holy Spirit in Bismarck.

His first assignment after ordination was at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Minot. He went on to serve the communities of Mott, New England, Douglas, Ryder, Makoti, Donnybrook, Tolley, Raleigh (where he started a boarding school program and also served as superintendent, principal, athletic director, and coach), Parshall, Plaza, Watford City, Grassy Butte, Alexander, Crosby, Noonan, Kenmare, and finally Rice Lake after his retirement in 2001.

He coached the Douglas Babe Ruth Baseball team to the state tournament while in Douglas.

In 1974, he was named NDHSAA cross country coach of the year while stationed in Raleigh and participated in steer riding at the Raleigh rodeo. He won the Brahma bull riding championship at the Grant County Fair.

Fr. Wald was an avid downhill skier and was able to ski in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He also scuba dove the Cayman Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.

He had the opportunity to meet four popes while studying in and visiting Rome.

In 1966, he purchased property at Rice Lake and lived there until 2010, when health concerns forced him to take up residence at the Wellington Assisted Living and later at Somerset Court in Minot.

He established the Father & Friends Scholarship Fund for new sixth grade students in the Minot Catholic School system. He was also a founding member of the Hogan Society.

His proudest achievement was being inducted into the Bishop Ryan High School Hall of Fame in 2009.

Fr. Wald is survived by his brother, Merlin “Boots” of Boise, ID; sisters, Margaret Koch of Bismarck, Sharon Pagasky of McDonald, PA, and Carol Kramer of Minot; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Fr. Wald was preceded in death by his father and mother; brother, Ronald “Spike”; brother-in-law, Robert Koch; sister-in-law, Irene Wald; and nephews, John Koch and Robert Scott Koch.

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)

ETLAR JACOBSEN
Nov. 6, 1925 - March 23, 2015
Etlar Jacobsen, 89, of Minot, formerly of Flaxton, died Monday, March 23, 2015 in a Minot hospital. Funeral service was held Saturday, March 28 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Free Lutheran Church, Minot. Burial was at Rural Lutheran Cemetery, rural Flaxton.

Etlar Martin Jacobsen was born on November 6, 1925, a son of Rudolph and Olga (Sorensen) Jacobsen, on the family farm near Flaxton. He was raised and educated in the Flaxton area, graduating from Flaxton High School in 1943.

Following his graduation, Etlar enlisted into the United States Navy in 1944. He proudly served his country until his honorable discharge in 1946.

On December 28, 1945, Etlar was united in marriage to Elaine Anderson in Flaxton. Following their marriage they lived in California for a time before taking over the operations of the Jacobsen farm near Flaxton. Together they raised their family and farmed for over 63 years, until they moved to Minot. They enjoyed being snowbirds for over 17 years at Apache Junction, AZ.

Etlar was a member of United Lutheran Church of Flaxton where he served as a church council member and as a Sunday school teacher. He also served his community by participating as a board member to various organizations. Most recently he had been serving on the board for the Rural Lutheran Cemetery in Flaxton.

He enjoyed farming, keeping up to date with the oil industry, fishing, hunting, and keeping up with his grandchildren’s activities. He was always bragging about his grandchildren. His faith was also very important to him.

Etlar is survived by wife of 69 years, Elaine of Minot;

children, Dale (Susan) Jacobsen of Dickinson, Donna (Darrell) Roos of Minot, Dennis (Christie) Jacobsen of Burlington;

11 grandchildren, Christi (John) Wegh, Tim Jacobsen, Tiffany (Nate) Dahl, Amber (Russ) Giveans, Kirk (Bryn) Roos, Kayla (Chris) Gish, Kelsey (Steve) Walter, Garrett Jacobsen, Brittany (Dan) Hansen, Courtney Jacobsen, Micah Jacobsen;

10 great grandchildren, Shannon (Ashley) Wegh, Jessica Wegh, Mariah Dahl, Kyleigh Dahl, Izaiah Giveans, Judah Giveans, Joycee Jacobsen, Jettler Jacobsen, Clarashea Roos, Miles Walter;

one great great- grandchild, Jubilee Wegh; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Etlar was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Herdis (Gordon) Miller; and his son, Dwight (Claudia) Jacobsen.

(Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot)

JERRY MELBY
March 14, 1944 - March 28, 2015
Jerry Barton Melby, 71, of Bowbells, died Saturday, March 28, 2015, in a Minot Hospice. Funeral service will be Wednesday, April 1, at 1 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Bowbells. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Bowbells Community Cemetery.

Jerry was born March 14, 1944, to Barton and Grace (Linstrom) Melby. He attended all 12 years of school in Bowbells and graduated from Bowbells High School. He attended North Dakota State University, Mayville State and School of Aeronautics in Minden, NV.

Jerry met his wife, Barbara (Jonasson) at Mayville and they were married in 1966. Their daughter, Tonya Grace was born in 1970.

Jerry was a farmer and a crop sprayer. He joined First National Bank in 1973 as an Agriculture Loan Officer, became Vice President in 1975 and President in 1981. First National Bank later merged to Dacotah Bank. He served as President of Western N.D. Chapter of Bank Administration Institute, served two terms on the N.D. Executive Council, served a three year term as Director of the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis, and was Regional President and Chairman of the Board of Dacotah Bank for the Rolla Charter while serving Minot, Bowbells and Flaxton Banks. Jerry retired in 2004.

During his years in Bowbells, Jerry served as Director of Bowbells Development Corporation, Secretary and director of Bowbells Airport Authority, was a member of the Bowbells Fire Department, Bowbells Ambulance Service, Bowbells Lions Club and Minot Elks Lodge. He served as President of the Bethlehem Church Council, Bowbells Jaycees, and Quarterback Club. He served on the Advisory Council for the Burke Co. Extension Service and served on the Board of Directors of the Bowbells Country Club.

Jerry enjoyed flying, snowmobiling, bowling, motorcycling, four-wheeling, golfing, fishing, hunting, and visiting. Most of all, Jerry enjoyed his family.

He is survived by his wife, Barb, Bowbells; daughter, Tonya Allard and son-in-law, Kriss, grandsons, Keaton and Brennon, all of Minot;

mother, Grace Melby of Kenmare;

brothers, Gary (Rosalie) Melby of Bowbells, Greg (Deb) Melby of Bowbells and Lowell Melby of Minot;

nephews, Kevin (Brooke) of Minot and Kyle (Kristine) of Bowbells; and niece, Kari (Eric) of Oswego, IL.

Jerry was preceded in death by his grandparents and father.
Those wishing to sign the register book are invited to go to www.thompsonlarson.com and share memories.

(Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Kenmare)





2014-15 OBITUARIES
JERRY MELBY
March 14, 1944 - March 28, 2015

ETLAR JACOBSEN
Nov. 6, 1925 - March 23, 2015

FATHER KENNETH WALD
Jan. 31, 1932 - March 22, 2015

BEVERLY ANN SMITH
March 2, 2015

RICHARD HINDS
March 23, 1930- Feb. 28, 2015

MYRTLE NICKOL
Oct. 26, 1916 - Feb. 21, 2015

ORVIN KOSTAD
July 11, 1938 - Feb. 16, 2015

MELVIN HOHEISEL
Oct. 25, 1934 - Feb. 19, 2015

MURIEL JOHNSON
July 27, 1922 - Feb. 16, 2015

MILDRED LINDBERG
Sept. 21, 1918 -Feb. 11, 2015

EVELYN AXELSON
Dec. 23, 1926 -Jan. 5, 2015

ANDREAS NICKELSON
Feb. 21, 1995 - Feb. 3, 2015

ARTHUR JACOBSON
June 14, 1926 - Feb. 5, 2015

BURT ELSTAD
Feb. 6, 1928 - Dec. 28, 2014

BLANCHE ALBERTSON
May 2, 1927 - Jan. 12, 2015

MURIEL GRANRUD
Aug. 3, 1926 - Jan. 15, 2015

LEORA RAWN
July 29, 1916 - Jan. 23, 2015

LAVERN EHLKE
April 3, 1926 - Jan. 17, 2015

CARROLL BOLEN
July 6, 1926 - Jan. 17, 2015

ANASTHASIA WADMAN
Sept. 21, 1957 - Jan. 14, 2015

AGNES SLATER
April 16, 1917 - Jan. 15, 2015

PATRICIA ANKENBAUER
March 3, 1929 - Jan. 14, 2015

JAMES THOMPSON
January 1, 2015

BERTIE RICE
May 6, 1916 - Dec. 27, 2014

DEAN DEWING
April 17, 1942 - Dec. 27, 2014

ELLEN J. CURTIS
Sept. 7, 1918 - Dec. 24, 2014

AVIS KINCANNON
Dec. 11, 1935 - Nov. 20, 2014

CHARLINE OAS
Oct. 29, 1940 - Dec. 5, 2014

ARLINE JENSEN
April 22, 1933 - Dec. 1, 2014

DENICE MUTZENBERGER
May 15, 1954 - Nov. 30, 2014

NELSIE OAS
March 21, 1933 - Nov. 29, 2014

JAMES LEARY
Jan. 7, 1924 - Nov. 25, 2014

CLAUDIA BENJAMIN
June 8, 1958 - Nov. 25, 2014

DORIS BUZZELL
May 10, 1918 - Nov. 18, 2014

VICTOR HASS
Feb. 23, 1922 - Nov. 20, 2014

DAVID VAN BERKOM
June 10, 1941 - Nov. 21, 2014

ERNEST CHARLTON
1935 - Oct. 30, 2014

LAVERNA HUGHEY
March 16, 1942 - Oct. 30, 2014

GERALDINE DURICK
Aug. 3, 1920 - Oct. 25, 2014

PAT ECKERT
Aug. 18, 1942 - Oct. 22, 2014

GLADYS ESPESETH
March 9, 1925 - Oct. 21, 2014

LLOYD G. NYGAARD
Oct. 4, 1922 - Oct. 7, 2014

JEROME CARLSON
Sept. 18, 1942 - Oct. 9, 2014

CONNIE BENNETT
April 17, 1948 - Oct. 6, 2014

CLEO CRON
March 4, 1942 - Sept. 29, 2014

GREGORY HOFF
July 9, 1959 - Sept. 17, 2014

BERNDEAN NELSON
Dec. 4, 1944 - Sept. 17, 2014

MARGUERITE "MARGE" BENSHOOF
Nov. 23, 1916 - Sept. 15, 2014

GWENDOLYN AUFFORTH
June 25, 1932 - Sept. 7, 2014

OPAL JOHANNES
Oct. 21, 1929 - Sept. 1, 2014

WAYNE CLINGMAN
Aug. 1, 1921 - Aug. 26, 2014

KENNETH WALLEEN
Jan. 13, 1925 - Aug. 21, 2014

BARBARA BRACKEN
Aug. 23, 1939 - Aug. 25, 2014

JOHN (JACK) BYWATER
June 18, 1933 - August 6, 2014

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



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