Benjamin O. “Bennie” Langerud Jr., age 83 of Hoople, ND passed away on Monday, May 10, 2021 at the Park River Good Samaritan Center.
Bennie was born May 27, 1937 in Hoople, ND the son of the late Benjamin O. "Oliver" and Helen (Johnson) Langerud. He attended rural school near Hoople. Following his education he was united in marriage to Ileen Windingland on June 14, 1955 in Hoople. The couple made their home between Hoople and Edinburg where he worked for Hall’s Potato Company until 1959. Bennie attended a meat cutting school in Toledo, OH in 1960. He returned to Edinburg where he operated the Edinburg Locker Plant with Bud Langerud. He moved back to Hoople in 1969 and owned and operated Langerud’s Fairway Grocery. In 1972 he built and operated the Langerud Drive-Inn with his mother Helen until 1976. He later sold insurance and organic fertilizer. He later went to work for Korner Grocery as the meat manager until his health forced him to retire in 2019.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church of Hoople where he had served on the church council. He served on the Edinburg School Board, Hoople Swimming Pool Board, & Park River Bible Camp Board. He was instrumental in starting the Annual Lutefisk benefit and served on that committee for 43 years and the Pancake benefit for 40 years. He was also a member of the Hoople Ambulance. He served as a rural mail carrier for a time as well.
Bennie is survived by his children: Debbie Langerud Metzgar, Des Moines, IA; Bruce (Karen), Gardar, ND; Vincent (Wanda), East Grand Forks, MN; Scott (Heidi), Worthington, MN; Tim (Shelli), Bismarck, ND; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Susan Weaver Kennelly and brother, Ronald Langerud.
Memorial services will be Friday, May 21, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the First Lutheran Church of Hoople, ND. Visitation will be Friday for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Edinburg, ND.