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Henry A. “Bud” Juve
Funeral services for Henry A. “Bud” Juve, age 70 of Minot formerly of Landa, were held on Thursday, April 14, 2005, at 2:00 PM at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Westhope. Officiating at the service was the Reverend Carl Glamm. Ruby Berentson was the organist and Paul Fylling was the soloist. Clarence “Clancey” Schlieman was the speaker. Casket bearers were Michael Anderson, Raymond Hoskin, Dallas Koons, Wayne Koons, Kelly Thorenson and John Ness. Burial was in the Westhope Cemetery. Military Honors were presented by the Westhope VFW.
Henry A. Juve better known to friends and family as Bud, was a man who lived life to the fullest. He was born on June 12, 1934 on the family farm to Orlando and Edna (Danz) Juve, he was raised and educated in the Landa area. Upon graduating from Bottineau High School, Bud went on to college in Billings, Montana. An avid sportsman, Bud excelled at baseball during high school and into his college years. Some of the most memorable times of his life were experienced on the pitchers mound playing minor league baseball, after being discharged from the Army. Bud returned home in the early 60's to help his father on the farm. In ensuing years, he married Margaret Lesmann. Together they raised five children, several flocks of ducks, geese, and pheasants. An animal lover, Bud had a special place in his heart for cats and dogs, yellow labs in particular.
Bud was an active man who enjoyed many hobbies such as hunting, fishing, boating, pool, softball, bowling, and traveling. A car enthusiast, he was a member of The Dakota Drifters Car Club and the Minnesota Street Rod Association. He was particularly proud of his 1969 Corvette Stingray.
Civic duties include seats on the Landa Cemetery Board and the Scotia Township Board.
Bud passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2005 in a Minot hospital.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Margaret (Minot); his son, Leon (Minot); four step­ children, Cynthia Hansch (Tom) of Valparaiso, IN, Peggy Thorenson (Dwight) of Bottineau, Judith Spoonhoward (Trace) of Santa Fe, NM and Lyle Lesmann Jr. (Kathy) of Landa; Grandchildren, Jessica, Ryan, Shelby, Kelly, Jennifer, Meghan, Bradly and Katie; He is also survived by one brother, Larry (Emily) of Louisville, KY; a younger sister, Eileen Soland of Phoenix, AZ; one niece and two nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Edna and Orlando Juve.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Paul A. Benning

Paul A. Benning, age 97, of Westhope, died Thursday in a Minot hospital. His funeral was held on Monday at 10:00 A.M. in the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Westhope. The celebrant for the mass was the Reverend Father Paul Schuster. The readers were Marisa Stead and Miranda Benning. Gift bearers were Kayla Benning and Mackenzie Bjerke. Soloists were Megan Stead and Mary Benning, and Ruby Berentson was the organist. Casket bearers were grandsons, Ryan Benning, Raylan Benning, Rhett Benning, Jordan Benning, Matthew Slater, Mason Bjerke, Mitchell Bjerke and McHale Bjerke. All of his grandchildren are honorary casket bearers. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery at Antler.
Paul Anthony Benning was born in Wimbleton, ND to Francis and Mary (Sheveck) Benning on November 29, 1907. At a young age, he moved with his family to Browersville, MN and then homesteaded in the Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan area. He was united in marriage to Gladys M. Fraser of Antler on April 27, 1949. He and Gladys farmed in the Antler area. Paul also custom harvested for 44 years. In those years he also drove truck for Ben-L Trucking and was an independent oil contractor. Gladys passed away on February 26, 1986.
Filling his life with many memories are his children, Rhonda Stead, of Westhope, Reede and Mary Benning of Sherwood, Regan and Avis Benning Bottineau, and Rhea Benning and Curt Bjerke of Buxton, ND; son-in-law Henry Stead of Leeds; thirteen grandchildren, Marisa and Megan Stead, Ryan (Casey), Raylan, Rhett, and Miranda Benning, Jordan and Kayla Benning, Matthew Slater, Mason, Mitchell, Mackenzie and McHale Bjerke; brother, Robert and wife Jean of Reardon, WA; sisters, Lucille Benning of Calgary, Alberta, Gertie Skulmoski of Kelowna, British Columbia, Mary Clegg and her husband, Maurice of Rocanville, Sask, and Helen Bertrand of Winnipeg, Manitoba; sisters-in-law Marie Benning of Gig Harbor, WA, and Regina Artz of Minot; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Also left to remember Paul are special friends, Doug and Sandra Matteson, Keith Michalenko, Paul Klokstad, Alvin Hegdahl and many others.
In addition to his wife, Gladys, whom he sadly missed daily, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Jack and Lou; sister, Susan, and twin granddaughters.
Blessed be his memory.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Westhope.

Mildred O. Nelson

Funeral services for Mildred O. Nelson, age 96, of Bottineau, formerly of Antler, were held on Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. in the First Lutheran Church in Bottineau. Burial was in the Oak Creek Cemetery at Bottineau. Officiating at the service was The Reverend Glenn Berge. Rod and Ann Schmidt provided special music, and Shelly Berge was the organist. Casket bearers were Jerry Haskins, Art Haskins, Curt Haskins, John Cameron, Richard Cameron, Donald Hagen, Orville Jensen and Ron Sagness.
Mildred O. Nelson, a daughter of Arthur and Carrie (Mitchell) Smith, was born on the family farm in Wheaton Township, Bottineau County near Sherwood, ND on July 18, 1908. She was reared there and attended country school near her home. On November 11, 1932 she was married to Merton L. Nelson at Bottineau. Following their marriage, the couple lived and farmed near Antler for many years. Starting in the early 1970’s they would spend the winter months in Bottineau, and return to the farm for the summer months. In 1979 they retired from the farm, and moved into Bottineau fulltime. Merton and Mildred celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1982, and Mr. Nelson passed away in November 1985. Mildred moved to the St. Andrew’s Hospital apartments in 1996, and since August of 2004 has resided in the swing bed department at St. Andrew’s Health Center.
While on the farm, she was a member of First Lutheran Church of rural Antler, and their women’s organizations within the church. She was also a member of the Progress Homemakers Club at Antler. Since moving to Bottineau, she has been a member of First Lutheran Church in Bottineau, and the W.E.L.C.A at the church. Her family was very important to her and she loved cooking and baking their favorites for them.
Mildred passed away on Friday, April 15, 2005 in a Bottineau hospital.
She is survived by one daughter, Donna and her husband, Gale Feland of Bottineau; one son, Ronald and his wife, Bev Nelson of Sumner, WA; grandchildren, Julie (Wayne) Olson, Traci Feland, Greg Feland, Ronald (Daun) Nelson, Roxi (Jamie) Harlor and Shelley Nelson; great-grandchildren, Lindsey, Kailey and Kierney Olson, Brooke and Jeffrey Nelson, Joey and Kristin Harlor and Melanie Mault; sister, Hazel Haskins of Minot; sisters-in-law, Edna Jensen of Kenmare, Mary Cameron of Sherwood and Mildred (Henry) Hagen of Mohall; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Merton, she was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter, Adeline; brothers, Bernard, Raymond and Herman, and one sister, Irene Young.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Dale A. Floyd

Dale A. Floyd, son of Aubrey and Stella (Engstrom) Floyd, passed away quietly in his home in Foster City, CA, on April 9, 2005, at the age of 71. Dale is the cherished brother of Virgil (Clara) Floyd, Minot, ND, Donald (Janice) Floyd, Belmont, CA, and sister Hazel (Percy) Kirby, Mohall, ND. Dale is the admired and beloved uncle of Brenda Strand, Alice Kruckenberg, Darla Belyea, Thomas, Tammy, Timothy and Joey Floyd.
Born and raised at Antler, ND, Dale farmed there for several years, served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and lived in the San Francisco Bay area since 1967, where he worked as a United Airline mechanic until his retirement in 1995.
A memorial service was held in celebration of Dale’s life at White Oaks Chapel, in San Carols, CA on Monday, April 18th. A graveside service will be held at Antler, ND to be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, Dale’s family requests a donation of your choice.

Terry A. Huber
A memorial service was held for Terry Huber, age 57, of Lexington, TN, formerly of Westhope, on Thursday at 10:00 A.M. in the First Presbyterian Church in Westhope. Burial of cremains was in the Westhope Cemetery. Officiating at the service was Pastor Mark Frueh. Serving as ushers were Carroll Opdahl and Neil Norris. Amber Thorenson was the soloist. The congregation sang selected hymns, and Ruby Berentson was the organist. Honorary bearers were Travis Kirk, Jackie Lee, Steve Hagen, Richard Robillard, Curtis Huber and Kip Huber.
Terry A. Huber, a son of Herbert and Edith Huber, was born at Westhope, North Dakota on June 5, 1947. He was raised at Westhope, and graduated from Westhope High School in 1965. He was once married to Diane Christenson, and had one daughter, Tami Deann. He moved to California in 1970 where he was employed with Burmite Company as a carpenter. He met Vonda Woodbury in 1971, and the couple moved to Denver where he was employed with Coors Co. They returned to North Dakota in 1975 where Terry became employed with Koch Industries for 29 years in North Dakota. He later worked for the same company as superintendent of the southern division in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Tennessee.
Terry will be remembered for his thoughtfulness and kindness to other people. He loved to laugh and make everyone around him feel special.
Terry passed away on December 21, 2004 at his home following a short illness.
He is survived by his wife, Vonda; of Tennessee; daughter, Tami Coleman of Lander, WY; Step-daughter, JoAnn Huber of California; step-son, William Woodbury of Utah; three grandchildren, Krystal and Jenny Benson, and Christy Coleman, four step-grandchildren; Lea and Joe Huber and Ramie and Rae Sahr; parents, Herbert and Edith Huber of Westhope; Sisters, Connie (Ron) Kirk of Williston, and Debbie (Dwaine) Kirk of Westhope; and brothers, Larry Huber of Westhope, and Perry Huber of Wichita, Kansas.
(Nero Funeral Home, Westhope)

Merle L. Zahn
Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated for Merle Zahn, age 74 of Westhope, on Friday, December 31, 2004 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Westhope. Celebrant for the mass was the Reverend Father Paul Schuster. Special was music was provided by Wayne Artz, and Ruby Berentson was the organist. Casket bearers were Kevin Klassen, John Klassen, Jim Zahn, Lonnie Zahn, Butch Zahn, Ed Zahn, Larry Zahn and Terry Zahn. Burial was in the Westhope Cemetery.
Merle Leonard Zahn, a son of William and Marie (Belcourt) Zahn, was born on September 6, 1930 near Westhope. He attended Westhope High School while working for his parents on the family farm. Following graduation, he continued to work with his family. In 1954 he entered the US Army and served until 1955. He returned to Westhope and in 1957 he married Eunice Dahl at Westhope. Following their marriage, they made their home in Westhope. Merle farmed and also worked in the oil fields. Merle retired from farming in the late 1970’s and in 1995 he retired from the oil fields. Eunice passed away on April 6, 1999. He continued to make Westhope his home, while spending the winter months visiting his children.
Merle enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, playing pinochle at the Westhope Senior Center, canning, watching movies and spending time with family.
Merle passed away on December 25, 2004, surrounded by his family in a Bakersfield, CA hospital.
He is survived by 3 daughters, Anita and her husband, Doug Moyer of Taft, CA, Joni and her husband, Glen Fleharty of Omaha, NE, and Julie and her husband Mike Cazzell of Bakersfield, CA; 6 grandchildren, Amber, Levi, Bryce, Brooks, Brandon and Connor; one brother Marvel of Westhope and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; one son, Jamie; brothers, Virgil, Marvin, Maron, Verlin, Veral, and Verbal; and one sister, Violet.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Westhope.

Lloy E. Christenson
Lloy E. Christenson, 69, rural Maxbass, died Wednesday, December 29, 2004 in a Minot Assisted Living Center. Funeral services were held in Dovre Lutheran Church, Newburg, on Monday, January 3 with burial in the Holden Lutheran Cemetery, rural Maxbass.
Lloy was born July 2, 1935 in Newborg Township of Bottineau County near Maxbass, North Dakota the daughter of Harold and Clara (Wedar) Larkin. She lived on the family farm until age seven when the family moved to Maxbass where her parents operated the Maxbass Grocery Store. She graduated from Maxbass High School in 1953.
Lloy was united in marriage to Allen Christenson at Holden Lutheran Church, rural Maxbass on October 29, 1954. They made their home at Newburg until 1965, when they moved to her grandparents homestead in Newborg Township. She worked side by side with her husband on the family farm and was also employed for a time with the Newburg Public School, and in later years with Amerada Hess. She and Allen celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on October 29, 2004.
Lloy was active in her community and church, serving as the Sunday School Superintendent for many years, and also as member of the WELCA. She enjoyed bowling with her league in Newburg, attending basketball games and other community functions. She especially loved quilting, gardening, baking and being outdoors.
Her loving family includes: Husband of 50 years: Allen Children: Bruce (Jan) Christenson, Minot; Jane (Greg) Smestad, Bismarck; Rod (Karen) Christenson, Maxbass. Grandchildren: Robert (Kerri) Christenson of Bottineau; Steve Christenson, Brad (Tracy) Christenson of Minot; Erin, Jenny & Christina Smestad of Bismarck; Olivia, Hannah, Rebecca, Noah & Zachariah Christenson of Maxbass. Great-Grandchildren; Jasmine and Chase Christenson of Minot and Benjamin Christenson of Bottineau. Sister: Ina LaVigne – Plymouth, MN Brother: Floyd (Marie) Larkin, Deer Lodge, MT A number of Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.
Lloy was preceded in death by her parents and sister: Leila Pease.
Arrangements were with Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
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Joyce Blada
Funeral services for Joyce Blada, age 75, of Newburg, were held on Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. in the St. John’s Lutheran Church of rural Upham. Burial was in the church cemetery. Officiating at the service was The Reverend Joel Brandvold. The congregation sang selected hymns, and Ruby Berentson was the organist. Casket bearers were John Nermoe, Larry Kersten, Craig Brandt, Byrnell Cushing, Lynn Schepp, Dean Blada and Richard King.
Joyce Blada, a daughter of Harold and Pearl (Evenson) Brandt, was born on the Evenson home farm near Kramer, North Dakota on February 15, 1929. She was reared there and attended the Thrums School through the eighth grade. She graduated from Newburg High School in 1947. Following the completion of her formal education, Joyce worked for Dr. Troyer at his dental office in Bottineau for 5 years. On October 10, 1952 she was married to Marvin Blada at St. John’s Church of rural Upham. After their marriage the couple lived and farmed near Newburg.
She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where she was very active. She taught Sunday school and vacation bible school there for a number of years. She had held various offices with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League also at the church. She was an active member of the Newburg Senior Citizen’s Club. She enjoyed making quilts for her family and friends. She also did extensive canning, making jams and jellies. She also liked to make bread but was most well known for her scalloped potatoes. Joyce so enjoyed being with her husband, children and grandchildren, whom she loved very much. She cared greatly for people and enjoyed visiting every chance she had.
Joyce passed away on Thursday, December 30, 2004 at a Bottineau hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Marvin; daughters, Cynthia Joy (Curtis) Stebleton of Lakeville, MN and Audrey Jo (Orville) Wang of Devils Lake; sons, Harlan (Mary) Blada of Newburg, Greg (Carol) Blada of Towner and Brad (Connie) Blada of Lake Metigoshe; 11 grandchildren; brother, Carroll Brandt of Kramer; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, one brother, and her parents.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

Lloyd Sund

Lloyd Phillip Sund, 74, was received into heaven on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2005, in Minot, ND. A beautiful private family memorial service was held on March 30, 2005, at the Thomas Family Funeral Home Chapel in Minot, ND.
Lloyd was born October 16, 1930, in Newburg, ND to Fred and Viva Sund. He graduated from Newburg High School and at an early age began working at Sund Mfg. Co., a manufacturing company started by his father. He later became sole operator/owner of the Sund Company and continued in that role until the past couple of years. His son Paul is now owner/operator of the company though Lloyd continued to be available as a consultant.
Lloyd married Marjorie Christenson on January 13, 1950. Lloyd and Marjorie were blessed with 7 children: Daughters: Suzanne Sund Klundt (Jim), Bismarck, ND, Pamela Sund Herschlip (Mark), Fargo, ND, Monica Sund Weiland (Gayle), Maxbass, ND and Sandra Sund Berentson (Brad), Westhope, ND; Sons: Charles (Nancy), Fargo, ND, Frederick, Newburg, ND and Paul (DeAnn), Upham, ND: Stepsons: Mark Steen (Sarah), Dallas, TX, John Steen (Carla), Monte Vista, CO. Lloyd has 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Lloyd has three sisters and one brother: Rosaline Sund, Minot, ND, Iris Henning, Bozeman, MT, Beth Smette, Fargo, ND and Jack Sund, Newburg, ND (deceased).
On November 12, 1987, Lloyd married ChrisAnn Carlstad Steen in Scottsdale, AZ. They resided in Scottsdale and Lake Metigoshe, Bottineau, ND.
Those wishing to send memorials may send them to Sund Mfg Company, P.O. Box 79, Newburg, ND 58762. The family will make donations to Metigoshe Ministries, Dovre Lutheran Church, and Trinity Hospice.
Our family would like to thank all of you for your friendship, prayers, thoughtfulness, and comfort in this very difficult time. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten for he is not gone; he is just away.
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Alma Lee

Funeral services for Alma Lee, age 97, of Rugby, formerly of Westhope, were held on Tuesday at 2:00 P.M. in the First Presbyterian Church in Westhope. Burial will be in the Westhope Cemetery. Officiating at the service was The Reverend Don Andrews. The congregation sang selected hymns, and Barb Lee was the organist. A special rendition of the 23rd Psalm was played during the service. Serving as casket bearers were grandsons, Richard Jensen, Brian Jensen, Kent Jensen, David Ballantyne, Monte Johnson and Danny Lee.
Anor and Rachel (Ryder) Matthews, was born at Westhope, North Dakota on August 2, 1907. She was reared there and graduated from Westhope High School in 1924. She continued her education at Minot State Teacher’s College where she earned her teaching degree. Following the completion of her formal education, Alma taught in various places in north central North Dakota. She then moved to Iowa where she taught again for a time. She was married to Almon Lee on November 28, 1930 at Fort Dodge, Iowa. Following their marriage the couple lived at Humboldt, Iowa. After two years, they returned to North Dakota and settled near Westhope where they farmed for many years. Mr. Lee passed away on February 15, 1974. Mrs. Lee continued to make her home at Westhope until moving to Rugby where she has resided for the last several years.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church at Westhope, and the ladies organizations within the church. She was also a member of the Order Of The Eastern Star, and the Rebecca Lodge. Alma enjoyed working with her hands, especially knitting and crocheting.
Alma passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2005 in a Rugby hospital.
She is survived by three daughters, LaVonne Jensen of Minot, Patricia and her husband, Herb Ballantyne of Billings, MT and Gracia and her husband, Russ Hall of Sturgis, SD; one son, Gary and his wife, Barb Lee of Rugby; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Almon, she was preceded in death by two brothers, and three sisters.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Westhope.

Neil Howard Matteson Jr.

Haltom City, TX - Neil Howard Matteson Jr., 58, a retired mechanical superintendent for Sunbelt Mechanical, died Monday, March 14, 2005, at a local hospital Funeral services were held on Friday, March 18 at Mid-Cities Funeral Home, Haltom City.
Neil was born Oct. 9, 1946, in Westhope, N.D., to the late Neil and Clara Matteson. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and loved reading and crossword puzzles, and was especially devoted to his family and friends. He truly was a great friend to all. Besides his parents, Neil was predeceased by three brothers.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Matteson of Haltom City; daughter, Pauline Ramos and husband, Chris, of Cresson; brother, Douglas Matteson and wife, Sandy, of Westhope, N.D.; sister, Judy Rosendahl and husband, Arlyn, of Westhope; and granddaughter, Amy Fox.
The family prefers memorial donations be made to Feed the Children or St. Jude’s Research Hospital.

George Forschen

George Forschen 77 of Anamoose died Thursday June 2, 2005 at the Trinity Medical Center of Minot. Memorial services will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Drake on Saturday June 11, 2005 at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be held at the Hertz Funeral Home on Saturday June 4 from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM. Burial will be held at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery of Mandan at a later date. George was born on March 15, 1928 near Sherwood, North Dakota. He was the son of George A. and Esther C. (Arneson) Forschen.
George married Helen Dixon on August 16, 1959 at Westhope, ND. Those who had the privilege and took time in their lives to get to know George were blessed. The life he led was one of honor, duty, friendship, and selflessness. He touched many in different way throughout his 77 years. He will be missed greatly. Those who didn’t get to know him will forever have missed an opportunity of a lifetime. Having left this world he will be joining his wife, Helen, and the rest of his family in Heaven. Carrying on his memory forward in this world will be his many family members including his daughter, Ginger Sprague of Grand Forks, ND; son, Blaine of Huntingtown, Maryland; 4 grandchildren; sister, Jeanette and her husband Don Searls of Hamlin, West Virginia; brother, Dale and his wife, Rosie of Shingle Springs, CA; sister-in-law, Mabel Forschen of Anamoose.

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